Letter to President Obama

Dear Mr President,

Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift.

Over the last several years, with the support of the American public, Congress has consistently defeated amnesty proposals for illegal aliens. This recent effort appears to be nothing more than an attempt to avoid public review and unilaterally impose amnesty by picking and choosing which laws to enforce; or in this case, not to enforce, thereby enabling illegal aliens to remain in the country.

In addition, we are convinced the consequences of implementing this policy, will include, but certainly not be limited to, the loss of public confidence and the encouragement of future illegal immigration. Even prior to this, the American public's confidence in the Administration to address illegal immigration was tenuous at best. This is evidenced by the number of states that have initiated and passed their own immigration enforcement laws. This shift in policy confirms the general public suspicion that the Administration is not serious about controlling illegal immigration.

Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.

This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference.

Sincerely

Brian P Bilbray Ed Royce
Member of Congress Member of Congress

John Culberson Phil Gingrey
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Ted Poe Lou Barletta
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Paul Gosar Dana Rohrabacher
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Trent Franks Steven Palazzo
Member of Congress Member of Congress

Sue Myrick Walter Jones
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Micheal McCaul David Schweikert
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Mike Rogers Louie Gohmert
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Jeff Duncan Mo Brooks
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Joe Walsh Allen West
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John Duncan Gary Miller
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Doug Lamborn John Kline
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Ed Whitfield Tim Huelskamp
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Jeff Landry Elton Gallegly
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John Campbell Dan Burton
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Bill Huizenga Donald Manzullo
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Virginia Foxx Raul Labrador
Member of Congress Member of Congress

Geoff Davis Joe Wilson
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Lynn A Westmoreland Phil Roe
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Jeff Miller Adam Kinzinger
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Blaine Luetkemeyer Steve Stivers
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Alan Nunnelee Kenny Marchant
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Marsha Blackburn Sam Johnson
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Diane Black Andy Harris
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Micheal Fitzpatrick Spencer Bachus
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Ken Calvert Mike Kelly
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Larry Bucshon Dan Benishek
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Dennis Ross Sandy Adams
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James Lankford Scott DesJarlais
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Jean Schmidt Chip Cravaack
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Steve Womack Bill Posey
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Gus Bilirakis Tim Griffin
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Cory Gardner Frank Guinta
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Mike Pompeo Ben Quayle
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Jason Chaffetz Richard Nugent
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Vern Buchanan Blake Farenthold
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J Randy Forbes Tom Marino
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