U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against a $2.7 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill requested by President Obama in an attempt to address the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. The bill failed to get the 60 votes needed to advance.
"The emergency supplemental appropriations bill does absolutely nothing to change the President's policies that have led to the immigration crisis at our southern border," said Inhofe. "The President wants to throw money at the symptoms of a problem he created with his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and promises of amnesty. All the while, new concerns emerged this weekend that President Obama will continue to take unilateral action to expand DACA to more than just children who crossed the border illegally. This policy, coupled with the many loop holes in our welfare system, will only encourage more immigrants to come to the United States illegally. I cannot support a funding measure that provides no additional support for border security, no expedited deportation, or no end to failed immigration policies. With less than 1 percent of the bill designated towards emergency spending this fiscal year, Democrats should not be forcing it through at the so-called last minute with no opportunity for sound debate and policy changes."
In 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced the DACA program that allows certain illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to request deferred prosecutorial action for a period of two years, which can be renewed. Those who qualify will be safe from deportation, eligible to obtain work authorization, and eligible to receive a social security number as well as a driver's license in nearly every state.
Inhofe is a cosponsor of legislation introduced by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) that would prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to expand President Obama's DACA policy and from continuing to grant amnesty or process work permits for illegal immigrants.