Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) has kicked off the 114th Congress by fighting for true immigration reform. Specifically, he has taken steps in the opening weeks of the new Congress to stop President Obama’s executive amnesty.
First, he introduced the Immigration Accountability Act (H.R. 206). This important bill prevents U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from implementing the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program as well as the broader executive amnesty announced in November—known as the Johnson Memos. The IAA cleverly accomplishes this by amending current law (INA 286(n)) to prohibit the fees deposited in the “Immigration Examinations Fee Account” from being used to implement President Obama’s executive amnesty programs. “We’re going to cut off this funding at its source,” Collins declared upon introduction of the IAA.
Additionally, Rep. Collins was an early cosponsor of the Repeal Executive Amnesty Act (H.R. 191) authored by Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), and Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Like the IAA, the Repeal Executive Amnesty Act defunds all of President Obama’s executive amnesties. Additionally, H.R. 191 significantly curbs the president’s ability to abuse parole, requires DHS to issue detainers and remove criminal aliens, closes a loophole in current law to allow for the prompt processing of unaccompanied alien minors, and reforms asylum provisions to prevent fraud.
It comes as no surprise that Rep. Collins’s first bill of the 114th Congress is aimed at stopping President Obama’s amnesty agenda. During the 113th Congress, Rep. Collins repeatedly demanded answers from then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding the decision to release thousands of criminal aliens supposedly for budgetary reasons. Additionally, the House unanimously approved his amendment to the FY2015 Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill that denied federal funds to “sanctuary cities”—jurisdictions that impede immigration enforcement by refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.