Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), released the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the creation of a new working group, tasked with beginning a case-by-case review of illegal immigrants currently in DHS custody and requiring removal of only dangerous criminal aliens from the United States.
"Protecting our borders and enforcing immigration laws are vital components of the United States national security," said Aderholt. "The creation of this new Department of Homeland Security working group raises real concerns that the Administration yet again has intentions of granting backdoor amnesty to illegal immigrants. This is a clear and blatant abdication of responsibility and abuse of the Department and the Administration's discretion."
"It is the Administration's duty to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the Congress. The Administration should be striving to find solutions to enforce immigration laws, not be seeking for ways in which to ignore them."
"Let us not forget that as the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the importance of protecting our nation's borders; and the 9/11 Commission's findings, that many of those who executed the terrorist attack that shaped a generation, were "just' here illegally, not as criminal aliens."
"Today more than ever, our nation's fiscal resources are constrained. And what limited funds we have must be put towards strong enforcement and security. Funds the Department of Homeland Security receives should not used to blatantly ignore the law and implement flawed and reckless policies providing amnesty to illegals," concluded Aderholt.
Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.