Trey Gowdy Pushes Back Hard Against Obama’s Immigration Order With His Own Legislation
Congressman Trey Gowdy has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to address critical immigration issues created, in part, by President Obama’s policy of creating immigration law by executive action.
The South Carolina Republican’s bill was introduced on February 27 as Congress fiercely debated the question of funding the president’s amnesty program as part of the budget for the Department of Homeland Security. The House passed a “clean” bill on Tuesday to fund the department in its entirety, including Obama’s controversial immigration programs.
The bill may receive serious consideration in the House, which as a 247-member majority, but it might have a tougher reception in the Senate, which has only a slim majority of 54 Republicans.
Gowdy’s measure would permit state and local governments to enforce federal immigration policies, and require an annual review of the use of executive prosecutorial discretion. President Obama has told the country he “has a pen and a phone” and will use them when Congress fails to enact his favored policies. The annual review would examine all such instances of selective enforcement of immigration laws.
It would also set procedures for expedited deportation of illegal aliens with criminal records. The title of the bill is “The Michael Davis, Jr. in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act,” in memory of a California sheriff’s deputy who was killed in the line of duty by an illegal immigrant.
Davis’s killer, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, used multiple aliases and had two convictions for selling drugs in Arizona. He had been deported to Mexico twice before shooting Deputy Davis and his partner. A motorist was also wounded in an attempted carjacking.
Gowdy is chairman of the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack on Benghazi. The former federal prosecutor has gained a reputation as a tenacious questioner during hearings, and has vowed to get to the truth about the events leading up to the attack on the U.S. consulate compound in Libya eleven years to the day after the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. mainland