Obama seeks to 'destabilize' the United States, says Republican senator

A 'Dear Colleague' letter sent by Senator Sessions to all 535 members of both houses is causing a stir. He accuses President Obama of a 'breathtaking' usurpation of power. Obama 'threatens foundation of our constitutional republic' wrote Sessions.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Sen. Jeff Sessions, a Republican who represents Alabama, sent a hand-delivered letter to fellow legislators on July 15 to ask that they reject President Barack Obama’s request for supplemental funding to address the current surge of illegal immigrants along the U.S./Mexico border. He is calling for Obama to disavow any plans to extend deportation relief to these illegal aliens under a memo he signed exactly two years  ago. That memo allowed applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for those persons who arrived in the U.S. as children and have pursued education or military service in the U.S.
 
In his “Dear Colleague” letter to all 535 members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Senator Sessions said that further executive action by Obama on immigration “threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic,” which he termed “breathtaking.”
 
“Certainly, DACA and the President’s other numerous unlawful policies must be terminated,” Sessions wrote. “But as a first step, Congress must not acquiesce to spending more taxpayer dollars until the President unequivocally rescinds his threat of more illegal executive action.” His letter was issued just two days before the entire Senate will be briefed by the Obama administration about its request for $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations to tackle the influx of immigrants along the southern border of the United States. 
 
Citing a report by the National Journal, Sessions said “I write to inform you of a development that threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic.” The National Journal report said that Obama plans to legalize 5 million to 6 million illegal alien adults, despite the current border crisis, in the same way that minors were granted relief by DACA in 2012.
 
In a National Journal report Major Garret wrote on July 3, “Obama made it clear he would press his executive powers to the limit,” adding “He gave quiet credence to recommendations from La Raza and other immigration groups that between 5 million to 6 million adult illegal immigrants could be spared deportation under a similar form of deferred adjudication he ordered for the so-called Dreamers in June 2012.”
 
According to Garrett, and cited by Sessions, Obama has “now ordered the Homeland Security and Justice departments to find executive authorities that could enlarge that non-prosecutorial umbrella by a factor of 10.”
 
“Senior officials also tell me Obama wants to see what he can do with executive power to provide temporary legal status to undocumented adults,” Garrett reported. “And he will shift Immigration Control and Enforcement resources from the interior to the border to reduce deportations of those already here and to beef up defenses along the border.”
 
Sessions wrote in his Dear Colleague letter: 
 
The action the President is reportedly contemplating would be a nullification of the Immigration and National Act by the Executive Branch of government. Indeed, it would be an executive nullification of our borders as an enforceable national boundary. By declaring whole classes of illegal immigrants beyond the reach of the law, it would remove the moral authority needed to enforce any immigration law, creating the very open-borders policy explicitly rejected by Congress and the people. And it would guarantee that the current illegal immigration disaster would only further worsen and destabilize.
 
Sessions’ senatorial colleagues are considering possible fixes to the crisis. There are reports that Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are collaborating on a comprehensive immigration legislative strategy similar. For their part, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives is considering a plan to provide billions of dollars in funding to Obama as part of a legislative package being offered by House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). In a discordant note, House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has suggested in an opinion article that Obama does not need any more funding. 
Sessions argues that politicians should enforce immigration laws rather than conceding to special interest groups who desire an unsecure border and who seek high levels of legal and illegal immigration since this provides them with cheap labor.
 
“As you know, over the last five and a half years, the President has routinely bypassed Congress in order to suspend enforcement of our immigration laws,” Sessions wrote. “The most dramatic of these lawless directives was the President’s 2012 Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), in which the president implemented by executive fiat legislation that Congress has three times rejected.”
 
Sessions wrote that Obama’s DACA program “has led to catastrophic results,” because it was “declaring to the entire world that America will not enforce its immigration laws against those who enter the country as minors” and that the U.S. will “freely grant them access to work permits and taxpayer resources.” Sessions wrote that Obama’s DACA policy and other policies “unleashed a flood of new illegal immigration into the country” and that this is “the disaster that he created.” As such, Sessions argues that politicians should not just pass new legislation or throw money at the problem; they should work to reverse the president’s executive overreaches.
Sessions told his colleagues that “there is a clear path forward” from this problem in order to “prevent the continued dissolution of America’s borders.”
 
Here follows the text of Senator Sessions letter:
 
Dear Colleagues:
 
I write to inform you of a development that threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic. On July 3, 2014, the National Journal reported:
 
“Obama made it clear he would press his executive powers to the limit. He gave quiet credence to recommendations from La Raza and other immigration groups that between 5 million to 6 million adult illegal immigrants could be spared deportation under a similar form of deferred adjudication he ordered for the so-called Dreamers in June 2012…
 
Obama has now ordered the Homeland Security and Justice departments to find executive authorities that could enlarge that non-prosecutorial umbrella by a factor of 10. Senior officials also tell me Obama wants to see what he can do with executive power to provide temporary legal status to undocumented adults.”
 
This is breathtaking.
 
The action the President is reportedly contemplating would be a nullification of the Immigration and Nationality Act by the Executive Branch of government. Indeed, it would be an executive nullification of our borders as an enforceable national boundary. By declaring whole classes of illegal immigrants beyond the reach of the law, it would remove the moral authority needed to enforce any immigration law, creating the very open-borders policy explicitly rejected by Congress and the people. And it would guarantee that the current illegal immigration disaster would only further worsen and destabilize.
 
As you know, over the last five and a half years, the President has routinely bypassed Congress in order to suspend enforcement of our immigration laws. The most dramatic of these lawless directives was the President’s 2012 Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), in which the President implemented by executive fiat legislation that Congress has three times rejected.
 
Not surprisingly, the illegal DACA program has led to catastrophic results. By declaring to the entire world that America will not enforce its immigration laws against those who enter the country as minors—indeed, that the United States will freely grant them access to work permits and taxpayer resources—President Obama unleashed a flood of new illegal immigration into the country. This is the disaster he created.
 
However, there is clear path forward to prevent the continued dissolution of America’s borders. Certainly, DACA and the President’s other numerous unlawful policies must be terminated. But as a first step, Congress must not acquiesce to spending more taxpayer dollars until the President unequivocally rescinds his threat of more illegal executive action.
 
Congress must demand that the President use his lawful powers to begin enforcing the law now—instead of passing legislation on the promise of future enforcement—and that he back down from his plan to widen his disastrous DACA program, which would of course escalate the existing border disaster to unthinkable proportions.
 
If Congress simply passes a supplemental spending bill without these preconditions, it is not a question of if the President will suspend more immigration laws, but only how many he will suspend.
 
Congress cannot surrender to this lawlessness. Acting in defense of Congress, our constituents, and their communities, we must stand firm. This transcends politics. It is about our duty as constitutional officeholders. It is about the solemn oath we all took as Members of Congress.
 
Very truly yours,
 
Jeff Sessions
 
U.S. Senator


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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