In a letter to President Obama, 22 Republican senators said the deportation policy changes under consideration by DHS would represent “a near complete abandonment of basic immigration enforcement and discard the rule of law and the notion the United States has enforceable borders.” The letter warns Obama to improve immigration enforcement, not look for ways to weaken it.

The letter highlights the difficult political situation Obama faces after committing to explore more options for executive amnesty. Pro-illegal aliens groups demand an end to most if not all deportations but further weakening deportation policy would impair relations with the Republicans Obama needs to pass legislative reforms.

The Senators argue Administration policies have incrementally nullified interior enforcement to the point that unless illegal aliens are “apprehended, tried and convicted for a felony or other serious offense, they are free to live and work in the economy.” Those who do not meet Administration “priorities” are not only exempt from the law but are released if they come into contact with ICE. “Since ICE frequently takes no action…the Administration is allowing preventable crimes harming innocent people to take place every day,” the letter said.

The Senators continued,” These policies have operated as an effective repeal of duly enacted federal immigration law and exceed the bounds of the Executive Branch’s prosecutorial discretion…Your actions represent an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law and the rights of American citizens and legal residents…Our entire constitutional system is threatened when the executive branch suspends the law at its whim and our nation's sovereignty is imperiled when the commander-in-chief refuses to defend the integrity of its borders."

These GOP senators signed the letter: Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions (Ala.); Tim Scott (S.C.); Deb Fischer and Mike Johanns (Neb.); Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee (Utah); Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn (Okla.); Ted Cruz (Tex.); John Boozman (Ark.); Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson (Ga.); David Vitter (La.); Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (Idaho); Pat Roberts (Kan.); and Thad Cochran (Miss.).

The White House did not immediately respond to media inquiries.

Read more in Politico.

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Originally Published: Thu, Apr 24th 2014 @ 2:38pm EDT

Mike 1111 of CO's picture

Lack of Law Enforcement destroys the labor market, and attracts even more Illegals, too.

NATIONWIDE MANDATORY e-VERIFY is a good first step, if immigration is to be reformed. It will cost very little and impact very much.

John 4110 of MI's picture

I agree. We are now at a very bad place. The "bargain comprehensive amnesty" last year was beyond extreme. The fact that it is so extreme did not get proper focus.

None 2150 of WY's picture

How and when did we hire a 'King' to run this country. Why can't we just impeach Obama and get it over with. I know it sounds simple. But yet it appears he can do with our laws as he pleases.

This has to stop, NOW! But how do we stop this nut from going any further? This includes his sheep as well.

John 4110 of MI's picture

If there are not numbers for impeachment and if the courts do not allow people impacted (like immigration officials) to bring action to force the President to enforce the law, are there any meaningful actions to force the President to enforce the law?

Van 0864 of VA's picture

Probably not. He's a termed-out president so public pressure from "non-allies" won't work. And I don't expect his "allies" to change their tune.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Van, I think you just explained to me why I questioned whether term limits are a good thing. that moves me to believe they are not great for a republic like ours.

Terri 9170 of IL's picture

Term limits are an excellent idea. All of the bad policies in the Bush and Obama administrations were crafted by lifelong politicians who started thinking they ARE the federal government. Bush & Obama are just puppets.

John 4110 of MI's picture

Given the political mix impeachment of Obama will not work. The court ruled that immigration officials do not have standing, Is there any possible remedy in the courts for Obama's non enforcement. Obama early argued that it was about priority and limited resources. Now it is explicitly about non enforcement..

Albert 3441 of PA's picture

"Your actions represent an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law and the rights of American citizens."

If this does not qualify the president for impeachment and removal from office, I am not sure what would. Compare this with the basis for Clinton's impeachment. Which offence is more consequential?

John 4110 of MI's picture

Well on an objective basis such an act does justify impeachment. Ah but the politics. Every Democratic Senator voted for the comprehensive amnesty bill of 2013. So they think he is on the right side. Even some Republicans do not want to remove immigration violators and support some form of amnesty. For some of them the President's illegal act takes some heat off of legislation. It seems unlikely that the House will impeach the President and 0 chance (unless some acts in other areas arise) that the Senate would vote to remove him.

The court dismissed the suit by immigration officials requesting that the administration stop ordering them to violate the law (ordering systematic non enforcement) for lack of standing.

Is there any way short of impeachment to compel a President to enforce the law? We have all read of successful suit against the government (most seem to fail). What would be a workable strategy? Might individuals damaged by crime committed by illegals or school districts required to educate illegal children or states having to pay for prison services have standing?

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Robert 4907 of DE's picture

I agree. We need some comprehensive ENFORCEMENT reform to free this country of all the illegal aliens. When we get rid of all the illegal aliens, and their anchor babies, we will get rid of all the problems that go with them. Yes, the anchor babies must go, also. I do NOT want to break up a family.

John 4110 of MI's picture

The supporters of immigration violators shifted enforcement away from immigration enforcement toward getting the worst of the worst out of the country. Illegal families would be most sensitive to enforcement efforts and cost tax payers the most in government provided services. They represent big numbers of people that never intend to leave. Local governments will foreclose on homes for non payment of taxes. Generally there is not exemption for good or not too bad people.

Immigration law properly is not set up for a path of be illegal and do not commit to many serious crimes any you get citizenship.

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Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

Orrin Hatch and John Hoeven really did warn Obama about it? What a lot of bother about those hypocrites! Why did they voted for Senate immigration bill that doesn't mention both No. 1 border security and immigration enforcement? Neither hypocrites nor even chameleons are NOT accepted in Congress. I still don't trust them!

Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

I don't trust politicians who are chameleons because they are unpredictable. They are NOT supposed to serve both lawless foreign invaders and American citizens.

Van 0864 of VA's picture

Exactly, Philip, that's a good catch. Did you notice Hoeven's amendment partner -- Corker of Tenn. -- didn't sign it? Maybe he's too wealthy to worry about losing his seat.

Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

Thank you, Van. I admit that I was playing an amateur detective. Maybe I watch too many good detective movies. Ha! Corker? I don't have a slight idea why he didn't sign it. I really don't know his political work in TN. Most TN citizens know him more than I. I hope they will give some best answers to your good question very soon. I would like to hear any comments from them, too.

John 4110 of MI's picture

All indications are that the speaker of the House intends to have massive amnesty and immigration increase legislation this year. So much for the rule of law and the interests of workers and tax payers.

If the Republicans go down this path they can forget about votes from workers - and they will not get many votes from recent immigrants either.

Jm  2943 of CO's picture

He has 3 primary opponents. We didnt know about the other 2. We did see an article that said the other 3 are unknowns and have no money so if we can get the good people of OH in the 8th to turn out and not vote for Boehner; we can send a huge message. The problem is going to be; who do they vote for as they cant split that vote to get rid of him.

No amnesty. NO work permits. No nothing but deportations and please reduce legal immigration to under 100000 per year including refugees.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Political campaign ploy? I think so. How are we supposed to know which republican party we voted for, if we do/did? Who is their leader and what does he stand for? The present one has called this both ways in two and a half months, I believe. I thought leading was a display of competency? I certainly guess not, the President is not good either at competency. Well, glad I did not vote for any of the concerned subjects! Immediate deportation completed by years end is called for!! ..."The administration is allowing preventable crimes harming innocent people...", at least that was right, but it is the kettle calling the pat black; so did Republican Administrations. C'mon Congress do something to favorably impress me!! Put on a display of positive action!!

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Jim 5420 of KS's picture

The sad thing is that no matter how corrupt and arrogant this president is , he continues to do as he pleases. I doesn't seem to matter how many petitions are signed or complaints made there is no congressional power standing up to stop him. I get emails every day on all the abuse from this administration and the powers that be seem to be asleep at doing anything but complaining. For God's sake someone step up.

Jim 5420 of KS's picture

Someone Please Stand up in Congress that really cares what is happening and get something done. Congress has shown that it doesn't have what it takes to do anything. For God's sake. Step up.

Terry 9260 of CA's picture

Over the years that I have been following the issues involving illegal aliens, nothing seems to change. Illegal aliens remain in America by the tens of millions busy stealing scarce American jobs and depleting our overburdened social welfare programs. Our politicians, instead of demanding enforcement of our immigration laws, are enabling and encouraging these criminals by giving them welfare, food stamps, Section 8 housing assistance and free medical and dental care and everything else under the sun to encourage them to stay in America. In the elections this coming November, if we want to change this situation, we need to replace our present crop of politicians with people who believe in the rule of law and enforcement of our immigration laws. The future of our nation is at stake.

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Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

22? That number is pretty low, but I want to thank these courageous Republican senators anyway. Whoever decided not to sign it, they do the act of supporting Obama's refusal to enforce federal immigration law. They bring shame to our country.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Less than 10% of the republicans in the house, if memory and my 1940's arithmetic still applies. With Boehner in his back pocket, Obama will not give that letter more than a scan. It was political ploy!

Jm  2943 of CO's picture

12 days to Boehners primary. The problem is he has 3 opponents which doesnt work too well to get rid of him. Does anyone know if he has to get over 50 % of the vote or face a run off?

Please help one of them so we can get rid of Boehner!!! We have been promoting Mr Gurr as we didnt know about the other 2.

None of the 3 have any money so if you know people in the 8th of OH; get them out to vote against Boehner and the ballots are out too.

NO Amnesty. NO work permits. NO nothing but deportations and reduce legal immigration to no more than 100000 per year including refugees.

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GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

As I have stated before I have friends and family in several non border states in the midwest and mid atlantic regions and 20 years ago they didn't understand how major the problems from the ILLEGAL invasion, now they are finally taking notice and attempting to figure out what is going on. They always say why is our government not protecting our borders (WOW just WOW)! I guess in the border states we see the destruction every day for at least the last 30 years or so, now it is coming to the rest of the nation, I hope it is NOT too late.

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GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

Wonder why my Senior Senator was not given a chance to sign the letter? Also were Dems asked to sign the letter? Of course it could have just been a case of the GOP doing a little cover their a## for the primary elections. The source article read more like a pep rally for Amnesty and Open Borders and a sob story for not breaking up the families of the ILLEGALS not caring about the resulting damage to Citizen's families from the continuing invasion of the ILLEGALS.

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

I would expect no more than a denial to sign would be expected from Cornyn now. I consider him a turncoat from his first term.

GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

When he was our junior senator our senior senator at the time made him look good at least on the ILLEGAL immigration issue. I hope history is not going to repeat itsself with our current senators.

Esther 7135 of CA's picture

Another warning from the GOP. Exactly, what are they going to do? Talk, talk, talk is all they ever do. Kinda like when a parent threatens their kids and NEVER follow through on it. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH

John 4110 of MI's picture

The amnesty supports spin a tale that illegals are just following an alternative path to citizenship where they stay in illegal status as sort of apprentices don't commit too many serious crimes and earn their rights.

Odd theory. But they will say whatever that works.

Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

"Sorting Through the Laundry List of ENLIST Act Claims" by Fair Gov't Relations Team (4/25/14). They did a very good job. Jeff Denham is not willing to tell us the truth about his ENLIST Act bill. The deception of his bill is complete. There are lists of Denham Claims vs. the facts. See immigrationreform.com.