March 4, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Reed issued the following statement about his DHS vote:
I voted against a long term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security because it did not prohibit funding for President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty order. I strongly oppose amnesty and believe it is bad policy but this is about far more than just immigration. This fight is about the separation of powers, the Constitution and the rule of law.
Amnesty isn’t fair to those who came here legally and it isn’t fair to those that are following the law and waiting their turn. Let me be clear, we need immigration reform but any immigration solution must start by securing our borders. It may not offer citizenship to illegal immigrants, that is not fair, but it must recognize that millions of undocumented immigrants are living and working in this country illegally, perhaps through legal status.
If we do not stop President Obama’s executive overreach on immigration, the precedent will be set for future administrations to continue to expanding the power of the Executive Branch. I will continue to stand up to President Obama and when necessary the leadership in the House of Representatives to do my duty to protect our Constitution and the rule of law.