Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have introduced legislation that would go after the root of the border crisis -- Pres. Obama's executive amnesties and threats of future ones. Reports from the border indicate that most illegal border crossers are coming to the United States because they hear back home that they'll be allowed to stay in the country. But Cruz's bill (S.2631) and Blackburn's bill (H.R.5160) would end prevent any funds from being used to extend Pres. Obama's DACA program or to issue future work permits to illegal aliens.
Here are some details of the bills:
What does DACA do?
DACA uses prosecutorial discretion to allow illegal immigrants who came here as children to obtain a two year deportation deferral, which may be renewed. It also permits these illegal immigrants to obtain work authorization.
What does H.R. 5160 do?
H.R. 5160 freezes the DACA program by defunding it. Why Support DACA? DACA is the magnet bringing children across our Southern border. What Democrats Argue: DACA is irrelevant because it only applies to illegal immigrants who have been here since 2007.
DACA Reform Matters:
- Pro amnesty groups have been pushing the Administration to expand DACA.
- DACA has given children false hope that they can come to America and obtain amnesty, as the children before them have. In FY 2013 there was a 305%increase in unaccompanied alien children that came to the United States. That figure is projected to grow to 1,381% in FY2014.
Updated: Wed, Aug 13th 2014 @ 11:00am EDT