Texas lawmakers, including all of the state's 24 Republican congressmen and its two U.S. Senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, on Thursday in a letter sent to President Barack Obama, proposed a border security and illegal immigration plan they claim Obama could easily implement without going through both congressional houses. They claim that loss of control of the borders will mean the U.S. loses control of its future.
A major part of the proposal outlined in their letter entails authorizing and backing local police and sheriffs to enforce federal immigration laws. In addition, the GOP lawmakers mentioned that other important steps to be taken would be getting tough on immigration fraud and use the deportation system quickly especially with new arrivals, rather than dragging out the process and using ROR (release on own recognizance) which has proven an abysmal failure.
The letter also advises Obama to "86" his deferred action program, that permits illegal immigrants brought into the U.S. as children to remain here illegally and take jobs from American citizens without fear of deportation.
The Obama White House, however, claims that the recent flood of illegal aliens from Central American countries are explicitly not eligible for the deferred action program. But the Texas lawmakers say it has been used as a symbol that encourages illegal aliens by sending a message that illegal aliens especially children won't be punished for breaking U.S. federal laws.
A lot of the debate is caused by a 2008 anti-human trafficking law signed into law by outgoing President George W. Bush that mandates certain due process protections for unaccompanied children arriving from countries other than Mexico and Canada.
Texas' senators and congressmen accuse Obama of using the 2008 law as "an excuse" to cover up his "failure" to end the crisis.
"That law has been twisted and bent to cover issues for which it was never intended. And guess who are the culprits for that distorted view of a law passed to stop human trafficking and de facto slavery? The Obama administration and its sycophants," said former police captain Joseph LaGanora.
In an attempt to play both sides against the middle, LaGanora asserts, President Obama asked for authority to expedite more deportations, but he turns around and says he needs congressional approval to do so.
"The majority of immigrants apprehended at the border during this crisis can be legally repatriated immediately," the lawmakers wrote. "Instead, you have permitted almost all to remain in the United States, further encouraging illegal immigration."