Nashua – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to act on H.R. 5272, a bill prohibiting President Obama from exercising executive amnesty under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In response, 2nd Congressional District candidate Gary Lambert released the following statement:
“The United States is country of laws; no one person is above the law,” said Lambert. “That’s why I deeply disappointed by the House’s inaction today. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been improperly used to encourage illegal immigration across our southern border. President Obama’s unilateral attempt to grant amnesty is wrong, it is illegal, and it must be stopped.”
“We must secure the border using boots on the ground, fencing in appropriate areas, and aerial assets such as drones and we must do it now. I call on Congress to postpone their month-long August vacation, stay in Washington to do their jobs, and pass legislation securing the border once and for all. The American people deserve better than a do-nothing Congress who leaves town without doing their job in the midstof a crisis.
H.R. 5272 prohibits the federal government from 1) expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has effectively granted temporary legal status to certain unlawful aliens who came to the U.S. before age 16; 2) authorizing new deferred action for any class of aliens; or 3) newly authorizing any alien to work in the U.S. if he or she was not lawfully admitted into the U.S. and is not lawfully present.