|DHS Sec. Kelly|
Fri, Jun 16th
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to end Barack Obama's illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesties. On Thursday night, the Administration moved one step closer to fulfilling that promise when DHS Secretary John Kelly rescinded the DAPA amnesty.
Obama's DAPA amnesty would have granted an estimated 5 million work permits to illegal aliens who are the parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
The Department of Homeland Security issued the following statement on Thursday night:
The DAPA executive amnesty had been temporarily blocked by a federal court after 26 states, led by Texas, sued the Obama Administration over the order shortly after it was announced in November 2014. Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a nationwide temporary injunction against the executive action in 2015 that was upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Obama Administration challenged the ruling to the Supreme Court, but the then-eight member court split evenly, leaving the injunction in place.
NumbersUSA issued the following statement:
On August 31, 2016, Pres. Trump delivered a campaign speech listing his immigration priorities if elected. Number five on the list was to end both the DACA and DAPA amnesties.
Last night's action fulfills part of that promise, but the Administration has yet to take end the DACA amnesty. New data from the Department of Homeland Security released earlier this month showed that the Trump Administration has issued thousands of new work permits to illegal aliens and renewed tens of thousands of more work permits under DACA since taking office in January.
We've posted a new action for the White House, thanking the Trump Administration for ending the DAPA amnesty and urging President Trump to end the DACA amnesty.
HOUSE PASSES VERIFY FIRST ACT
There was more good news this week when the House of Representatives passed Rep. Lou Barletta's (R-Pa.) Verify First Act that would strengthen the verification system under both the existing Affordable Care Act and the House-passed American Health Care Act.
Rep. Barletta's bill would require the Social Security Administration or the Department of Homeland Security to verify the citizenship or immigration status of every applicant for a health care tax credit before the Treasury Department can issue a credit.
The bill passed 238-to-134 mostly along party lines, but seven Democrats did break with their Party in support of the bill: Reps. Rep. Tom O'Halleran and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Marcy Kaptur of Ohio, Peter DeFazio of Oregon, and Henry Cuellar of Texas.
We've posted a new action responding to how your U.S. Representative voted. You can take action by clicking here.