04.02.15

Senator David Perdue Calls Out President Obama For Executive Amnesty Retaliatory Tactics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) recently wrote a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson highlighting concerns that individual DHS employees might face retaliation if they choose to fulfill their duties under the law instead of enforcing President Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty.

“We’ve seen these sort of politically-motivated tactics from the Obama Administration before, and Georgians are sick and tired of it,” said Senator Perdue. “DHS personnel who defend our border swore oaths to uphold and enforce current U.S. law, and they should not be punished because President Obama granted illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesty.

“It is unconscionable that President Obama says there will be ‘consequences’ for those who don’t enforce his unlawful amnesty plan. I call upon President Obama to stop trying to circumvent Congress and the American people every chance he gets.”

Click here to read the letter in full.

Background:

The letter demands that Secretary Johnson provide:

  • The number of employees DHS has disciplined over the last six years for refusing to comply with the Department's administratively-created enforcement priorities.
  • Statistics regarding the number of lawsuits or complaints filed by DHS personnel over the last six years relating to their refusal to follow DHS’ administratively-created enforcement policies.
  • Written or description of oral guidance issued to DHS personnel about potential discipline of employees who refuse to comply with DHS’ administratively-created enforcement policies.
  • Description of authority on which DHS will rely to penalize DHS personnel for their failure to comply with an unlawful and unconstitutional order.

On February 25, 2015, during a MSNBC/Telemundo town hall discussion at Florida International University in Miami, President Obama said: “There may be individual [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)] officials or Border Patrol who aren’t paying attention to our new directives. But they’re going to be answerable to the head of the Department of Homeland Security, because he's been very clear about what our priorities should be...If somebody is working for ICE and there is a policy and they don't follow the policy, there are going to be consequences to it.”