Hold These Seven Senators to Their Word: Defund Amnesty

FAIR Action AlertDid you know that after voters overwhelming rejected President Obama’s policies in the November elections, these Senate Democrats voiced opposition to executive amnesty? Indeed they did. Here’s what they said:

  • Indiana, Senator Joe Donnelly – “I am as frustrated as anyone that Congress is not doing its job, but the president shouldn’t make such significant policy changes on his own.”
  • Maine, Senator Angus King – “I also frankly am concerned about the constitutional separation of powers. You know, the Constitution says that the Congress makes the law and the president executes it. It’s a very clear division. The Framers knew what they were doing and it doesn’t say if the president gets frustrated and Congress doesn’t act, he gets to do, you know, what he thinks is important for the country.”
  • Virginia, Senator Mark Warner – “big issue like immigration, the best way to get a comprehensive solution is to take this through the legislative process.”
  • Missouri, Senator Claire McCaskill – “Our immigration system is broken, and I support a comprehensive plan to fix it, but executive orders aren’t the way to do it.” She continued, “I have to be honest, how this is coming about makes me uncomfortable, I think it probably makes most Missourians uncomfortable.”
  • Montana, Senator Jon Tester –  “I would prefer that Congress act, yes.”
  • North Dakota, Senator Heidi Heitkamp – It’s Congress’ job to pass legislation and deal with issues of this magnitude.”
  • West Virginia, Senator Joe Manchin – I disagree with the President’s decision to use executive action to make changes to our immigration system…” He continued, “I wish he wouldn’t do it.”

Unfortunately, now all of the Senators have changed their tune. Despite claiming to disagree with executive amnesty in November, just yesterday these Senators joined others in sending a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding that the Senate pass a “clean” Homeland Security funding bill, one that does not limit the President’s ability to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” in immigration matters. In reality, that means a bill that fully funds President Obama’s amnesty programs!

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that he will bring the Homeland Security funding bill to the floor any day. There is no time to waste! Call your Senator’s office and tell him that there is no such thing as a “clean” funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. Supporting President Obama’s executive amnesty is unacceptable, and that hard-working, taxpaying Americans deserve better than another amnesty and the dismantling of immigration enforcement!

Tell these Senators the people of your state deserve better. Tell them:

  • You are disappointed that they signed the letter. You also remember that they voted for S. 744, the mass amnesty bill of 2013.
  • There is no such thing as a “clean” DHS bill. He has a choice to fund the executive amnesty or to defund it;
  • The President’s executive amnesty is an abuse of power; the Constitution gives Congress authority over immigration matters, not the Executive Branch;
  • You expect the Senators to do more than voice disapproval of the executive amnesty; you expect them to vote to defund it!

Make your voice heard!

Contact your Senator’s office TODAY: Find Your Senators and Representatives by clicking here.


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Content written by Federation for American Immigration Reform staff.


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    Actual immigration reform is a good idea but I don’t see that happening. I would ask, what are we going to do with the next 12 million plus?

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    Jim in Virginia on

    Mark Warner go against Obama, you have to be kidding me. He almost lost and still hasn’t learned his lesson. I just wish there was a way to recall him. What a loser he and Kaine are!