Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) told Breitbart News that President Barack Obama’s decision to delay his planned executive amnesty for potentially 8 million illegal aliens past the November midterm elections is proof the American people have roundly rejected his immigration policies.
Lee noted first that the House passed a bill that would block the president from continuing or expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty for illegal alien minors—which Obama began in summer 2012 and is largely viewed as the spark that caused the surge of illegal immigration that’s led to the current border crisis.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is currently resisting GOP-wide demands, led by Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), for a clean vote on the House-passed anti-DACA bill. Instead of joining Sessions and most Republicans to demand a vote on that bill, Senate Democrats privately lobbied Obama and the White House to wait until after their elections to enact his executive amnesty so they don’t have to take a stand on the issue.
"Congress is at this very moment in a debate over the issue of expanding the DACA program,” Lee said. “The House passed a bill limiting the program just before Congress left for the August break and it is now the Senate's turn to consider this legislation. By suggesting that he plans to move forward on executive amnesty after the election regardless of what happens in the Senate over the next month, the president is signaling to the country that debate doesn't matter, senators' votes don't matter, and, most alarmingly, the voices of the American people don't matter. It is an outrageous act that threatens the very foundations of our democracy.”
Lee noted that what Obama is planning would hurt Americans and countless more future potential illegal aliens.