(Washington) - Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) issued the following statement today following an Obama Administration announcement about newly-arriving illegal immigrants:
"The Presidentís plan to ignore the sovereignty of the United States, in direct contradiction of his oath of office, is shameful. This dangerous precedent bypasses the elected representatives of the American people in Congress and informs the world that our borders mean little and our laws even less. The 2012 election-year decision to waive our laws as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has encouraged and exacerbated the tragic cases of migrant children and the Administration should work to fix the underlying problems their lawlessness has created, not paper over the symptoms."
As news reports have pointed out in the wake of the Administration change of position, "[o]fficials expect the inflow to reach 130,000 in 2015, up more than 20-fold from the 2011 influx of 6,000 youths."
Recently, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released hundreds of migrants who are here illegally at bus stations in Tucson, Arizona, in what some have called "exactly the incentive for people to cross the border illegally."
Congressman Kingston is the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, which oversees funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement.