Congressional Republicans take initiative in immigration crisis

By JONATHAN TOPAZ ---- Politico 

All 26 congressional Republicans have written President Barack Obama urging him to enforce current immigration law and take executive action to stem the influx of undocumented children along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Mr. President, you have the authority to stop the surge of illegal entries by immigrant minors today,” said the letter, dated Thursday. “Enforcing current immigration laws will go a long way to solving the border crisis.”

House Homeland Security member Lamar Smith wrote the letter, which was signed by all 24 Texas Republican House members and the state’s two senators, Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.

In particular, the lawmakers asked that the president suspend his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order that he issued in 2012, which allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. without the threat of deportation. That order, the Texas Republicans wrote, “has shielded over half a million illegal immigrants from current law. And it has sent the regrettable message that illegal immigration will not be punished in the United States.”

Many Texas Republicans — including Gov. Rick Perry — have long called on Obama to secure the border following the more than 50,000 undocumented children from Central America that have arrived since October. The letter comes as Congress continues to mull over the $3.7 billion supplemental the White House has requested to tackle the problem at the border.

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