Executive order on immigration would jeopardize border security

Ripon Advance

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) said on Monday that President Obama’s executive order on immigration would jeopardize the security of U.S. borders and would fail to prevent illegal aliens from coming to the United States.

Obama announced earlier this month that he would take executive action to prevent up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from being deported, USA Today reports.

“Rather than working with Congress on the issue of immigration, President Obama has declared amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants,” Lucas said. “The president’s brazen use of executive action to bypass our nation’s immigration laws threatens the sanctity of our border, does nothing to stem the growing tide of illegal immigration and delays the prospect of fixing our legal immigration system.”

Lucas said that the president’s “single-minded approach” wouldn’t work.

“If he is serious about immigration reform, President Obama must first work with Congress to secure the border and enforce, rather than ignore, our nation’s laws,” Lucas said.

House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said during a hearing on Tuesday that he would consider ways to block the executive action, the Washington Post reports.

“Sadly, the Department of Homeland Security is unprepared to handle the coming surge that the president’s policies will incite,” McCaul said. “The border patrol’s resources are already strained as immigrants pour across the border, making it difficult to identify smugglers, criminals and potential terrorists.”.