FW: Quick fyi

Randy Forbes
2015-01-13 15:50:56
Friend – A couple important things I wanted to highlight for you in the text of the amendments to the DHS funding bill we’re voting on over the next day or so. See my notes below... 1) It stops the use of fees. Many people didn’t realize that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for implementing much of the President’s executive amnesty plan – is approximately 97% funded by fees. That means only about 3% of its budget is funded by Congress. That’s why withholding funding back in December, which I wrote to you about, would not have stopped the President’s executive amnesty – the agency would have continued to operate. Now, though, by prohibiting the use of agency-collected fees, we’re able to effectively take the teeth out of the Administration's executive actions. This is something I have been working with the Judiciary Committee on, and is, in my opinion, the most crucial aspect of the amendments. (Read the full text of the amendment, here.)
Friend –

A couple important things I wanted to highlight for you in the text of the amendments to the DHS funding bill we’re voting on over the next day or so. See my notes below...

1)     It stops the use of fees. Many people didn’t realize that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for implementing much of the President’s executive amnesty plan – is approximately 97% funded by fees. That means only about 3% of its budget is funded by Congress. That’s why withholding funding back in December, which I wrote to you about, would not have stopped the President’s executive amnesty – the agency would have continued to operate.  Now, though, by prohibiting the use of agency-collected fees, we’re able to effectively take the teeth out of the Administration's executive actions. This is something I have been working with the Judiciary Committee on, and is, in my opinion, the most crucial aspect of the amendments. (Read the full text of the amendment,


While much work remains to be done to secure our borders, enforce our current laws, and restore the rule of law, rolling back the President's unconstitutional action is a good first step. I’ll keep you posted as this moves to the House floor.

Yours in service,

Randy

P.S. The Department of Homeland Security funding bill itself provides for the largest operational force levels in the history of the Customs and Border Protection agency, as well as several critical border security initiatives (including around-the-clock surveillance of air, land, and sea approaches to the border). Additionally, it strengthens internal enforcement efforts, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention programs.





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From: Forbes, Randy
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 4:12 PM
To: Forbes, Randy
Subject: Quick fyi


Quick heads up – we’re expected to be voting on the Department of Homeland Security funding bill over the next day or so, and with it, 5 amendments, which will cut funding from the President’s executive actions on immigration and restrict him from taking similar actions in the future. This includes prohibiting the use of agency-collected fees (which I talked about back in December) that make up about 97% of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) budget. The USCIS is the agency responsible for implementing the President’s executive amnesty plan.

I’ll be sending out my notes on text of the legislation later, for now wanted you to be able to read the text of the proposed bill and amendments, available here: 
http://rules.house.gov/bill/114/hr-240

Thanks,

Randy


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