Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Yoder votes in favor of bill that would strip funds of Obama's immigration executive order

News Release

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Representative Kevin Yoder voted in favor of the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act, which included a prohibition on any funds being used to implement President Obama’s executive order granting amnesty.

The bill, passed almost two months before the continuing resolution lapses on February 27, funds DHS through 2015.

“Our immigration system is broken,” Yoder said. “It does not work for those trying to come to America legally and it provides incentives for those who break the law. Unfortunately, in a misguided attempt to fix the system, this Administration made it worse with its unilateral action. In circumventing Congress, the Administration ignored the will of the American people.

“Fortunately, with my full support, the House passed legislation today that defunds the President’s executive order and prevents any future money from being used to grant federal benefits to illegal immigrants.”

The bill also includes several provisions to address the broken immigration system, providing for the largest operational force levels in the history of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, around the clock surveillance of air, land, and sea at the border, and significant increases in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention programs.

“I have always said that the best approach to tackling the immigration issue is to enforce the laws we have on the books and secure our border. This legislation takes exactly that approach, which is why I voted yes.”