NRSC - Shaheen Empowers Obama on Executive Amnesty

September 2, 2014

Jeanne Shaheen Votes to Allow Obama to Grant Executive Amnesty
Shaheen Complicit in Obama Effort to Declare Amnesty for Millions

Numerous reports make clear that President Obama is planning to take executive action that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and workers who illegally overstayed visas.  

The Washington Post reports, "The behind-the-scenes lobbying comes as Obama prepares to announce a series of executive actions that could include plans to defer the deportations of millions of people living in the country illegally, most of whom are Hispanic."

In August, the House of Representatives passed a bill that blocked President Obama from declaring executive amnesty. Another measure also provided emergency funding to deal with the crisis and reduce wait times for children caught in the system. Shockingly, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen voted with Harry Reid to block a vote on the measure passed by the House. Jeanne Shaheen is complicit in President Obama's executive amnesty push. 

This isn’t the first time Jeanne Shaheen has enabled President Obama’s ability to ignore Congress and take executive authority to a new level. Now Shaheen seems unable to explain her own position, this time around claiming to oppose executive amnesty despite previously supporting it.

The vast majority of Americans oppose any effort by President Obama to bypass Congress and declare amnesty. A new poll shows that nearly three quarters of likely voters want the President to work with Congress to change our immigration policy (74-24%). This includes majorities of self-identified Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Conservatives, and Moderates.  For years, Granite Staters have begged for the law to be enforced, the chaos to end, and for a fair immigration system that secures the border and serves everyone’s best interests. Jeanne Shaheen has ignored her constituents, instead empowering President Obama's push to grant executive amnesty. 

“If President Obama grants executive amnesty to millions, Jeanne Shaheen is responsible,” said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. “Jeanne Shaheen’s stunning decision to enable President Obama to grant amnesty by fiat was a slap in the face to her constituents and to the millions of hard working immigrants who came to our country legally.”


Jeanne Shaheen Voted To Block A Vote On An Amendment That Would Have Prevented President Obama From Issuing An Executive Order Declaring Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants. “Sessions, R-Ala., motion to table (kill) the Reid, D-Nev., amendment no. 3751 that would delay the enactment date by one day.” (S. 2648, CQ Vote #251: Motion rejected 43-52: R 42-0; D 1-50; I 0-2, 7/31/14, Shaheen Voted Nay)

  • Shaheen Voted To Block Votes On Amendments, Including An Amendment That Would Have Prevented Executive Amnesty. SESSIONS: “Republicans on the floor today have filed and argued for a number of amendments and attempted to offer those that are focused on critical policy changes to strengthen this legislation and make it more effective. Unfortunately, the parliamentary maneuvering has been executed, the amendment tree is filled, and we have been prevented from offering any amendments at all that are necessary to establish a lawful system of immigration that works and that we can be proud of. So I move to table the Reid amendment on the tree, 3751, for the purpose of offering the Cruz amendment. That amendment would prohibit the President of the United States from expending any funds to unilaterally provide amnesty and work authorizations for millions of people as has been reported in the press. The Cruz amendment is No. 3720.” (Sen. Jeff Sessions, Congressional Record, 7/31/14, p. S5204)