June 21, 2015

CRUZ PUNCHES BACK ON IMMIGRATION: Ted Cruz introduces bill to drain amnesty slush fund subsidized by legal immigrants.

The Immigration Slush Fund Elimination Act would stop the executive branch from using fees collected from legal immigrants who obeyed U.S. immigration law to pay for the ongoing illegal alien naturalization surge. Thanks to the million or so legal aliens flocking to America every year, that’s a lot of cash. Cruz notes that USCIS Chief Financial Officer Joseph Moore can lay claim to nearly $1 billion in application fees. Cruz’s bill would return the pursestrings back into Congress’s hands — and perhaps most importantly, stop the White House from ramping up legal immigration and issuing more and more fees in order to grant more illegal aliens amnesty.

Legal immigrants can wait up to ten years to become legalized and pay thousands of dollars in fees. Once Obama enacted his DACA executive amnesty order in 2012, wait times for legal immigrants tripled.

It’s a travesty that the Obama Administration has gotten away with taking money from legal immigrants and using it to subsidize the President’s unconstitutional, unilateral lawmaking executive action on immigration. In typical Obama upside-down fashion, this fund-shifting rewards the lawbreakers and punishes the law abiders.  Obama will of course veto Cruz’s bill if it ever clears Congress, but the important question to me is the preliminary one: Does the GOP-controlled Congress have the guts to defend its power of the purse and pass the bill in the first place?

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