Senators warn Obama:
‘No amnesty by presidential fiat’
“There’s a lot we can agree on when it comes to dealing with the immigration problems in the United States, but this appears to be amnesty in disguise, and is simply an attempt to circumvent Congress,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement.
Grassley and Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; David Vitter, R-La.; Jim Bunning, R-Ky.; James Inhofe, R-Okla.; Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., signed a letter to the president dated June 21.
The warning from senators to the president coincides with a new campaign launched by WND Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah to flood the U.S. Senate with protest letters.
“It’s working,” says Farah. “So we’ve got to keep the pressure mounting.”
“The No Amnesty Pledge” has generated more than 100,000 individual letters to senators since it began last month. Additional letters of encouragement are also being sent to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed legislation authorizing local law-enforcement agencies to identify illegal aliens.
The anti-amnesty campaign is designed to thwart consideration of “comprehensive immigration reform” in Congress.
Farah says he hopes to emulate the famous “pink slips” campaign that inundated Capitol Hill with nearly 10 million threats to fire members of Congress who, among other things, supported national health care and cap-and-trade legislation.
The senators are now urging Obama for assurance that he has no plans to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. They’ve also requested that he clarify the administration’s intentions immediately.
“The Administration would be wise to abandon any plans for deferred action or parole for the illegal population,” they wrote. “Such a move would further erode the American public’s confidence in the federal government and its commitment to securing the borders and enforcing the laws already on the books.”
“We understand that there’s a push for your administration to develop a plan to unilaterally extend either deferred action or parole to millions of illegal aliens in the United States,” they wrote in their letter. “We understand that the administration may include aliens who have willfully overstayed their visas or filed for benefits knowing that they will not be eligible for a status for years to come.”
The senators agreed that the nation’s immigration laws “need to be fixed,” but they added, “While deferred action and parole are executive-branch authorities, they should not be used to circumvent Congress’ constitutional authority to legislate immigration policy, particularly as it relates to the illegal population in the United States.”
“The No Amnesty Pledge” is a easy and inexpensive way for American citizens to make their voice heard effectively throughout the entire U.S. Senate – reaching all 100 members with “The No Amnesty Pledge,” says Farah. And all at a cost of just $24.95.
“I want you to visualize boxes of these protest messages arriving in every member’s office every day,” he explains. “They are guaranteed to be delivered by Fed Ex. It’s the power of collective action. It demonstrates that we mean business – that Americans will not accept the destruction of their country lying down.”
If you’re tired of jammed Capitol switchboards, fax machines getting turned off and the hassle of writing letters only to your own representative and two senators, this program offers you a real bargain in getting your voice heard in Washington.
A dozen members of Congress sent unsolicited testimonials to the power of the “pink slips” campaign, both in changing minds and emboldening the opposition. Five members of Congress held a press conference on the Capitol grounds to commend the program. Sen. Jim DeMint went on Fox News Channel to extol it.
“This is a powerful new vehicle that allows busy Americans to be part of a major demonstration of power and discontent,” says Farah. “Don’t wait. Who knows how quickly the Senate may act on this plan to increase the size of the constituency of those who know their days are numbered.”