The Obama administration is ordering Border Patrol agents to release illegal immigrants without making them appear in court or keeping track of their whereabouts, and it’s also dramatically rolling back aerial surveillance along the southern border, leading a senior congressman to suggest the public is unaware it is being “betrayed” by its commander in chief.
What’s sad is the people of the United States don’t recognize that they’re being betrayed by their own president and also betrayed by those people in the Congress and the Senate who have been going along with this amnesty program,” said Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, R-Calif., a leading voice against amnesty and for border enforcement.
On Thursday, reports emerged that the Obama administration was effectively telling U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents to stand down and not process people entering the United States illegally. They further state that agents are told not to order illegals to appear at a deportation hearing and not make efforts to track them down inside the U.S.
“We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether,” said National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd.
In addition, Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, are imploring the Department of Homeland Security for an explanation for a 50 percent rollback in aerial surveillance of the Texas-Mexico border.
Rohrabacher told WND and Radio America he and fellow critics of Obama’s immigration policies are well past the point of outrage.
“This president has done so many things that are contrary to the interests of the safety and security and prosperity of the people of the United States that this is no surprise, especially in dealing with foreign entities, whether it’s Muslims overseas or whether it’s illegal immigrants coming in here from various countries. This is nothing new for this administration,” he said.
One of Rohrabacher’s top concerns is how Obama’s open-door policy could further weaken national security.
“He’s opening the door,” he said. “There’s not even going to be a guard on the door to watch who’s coming in. Do you think the radical Islamist terrorists that have declared war on our country and murder us at any chance, you think they don’t see this? They have already got a lot of people here.”
He continued, “What the president is doing is going to increase the level of criminals that are coming here from other countries and terrorists who come here specifically to hurt Americans and kill Americans.”
Listen to the WND/Radio America interview with Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, R-Calif.:
While Rohrabacher is clearly disgusted with Obama on this issue, he is adamant that blame can be spread throughout the two parties.
“Our president is supposed to be watching out for the people of the United States. Our president has decided that he will not do so. The Democratic Party needs to be held accountable for this. And the people in the Republican Party that have been going along with this open-borders, amnesty approach to immigration deserve to be held accountable as well,” he said.
The congressman said he understands that people are desperate to escape crippling poverty and other problems in their native countries and even admires their determination to make a better life for their families, but he said compassion for their circumstances cannot supersede the well-being of the American people.
“That doesn’t mean we’re going to bring people in who will take jobs away from Americans, will consume the health care and the education dollars that we have for Americans,” Rohrabacher said. “We don’t need that.”
He encourages voters to find out what their congressmen and senators have really been doing on these issues.
“Hold people accountable in public office for the stands they have taken,” Rohrabacher said. “Our country is in grave jeopardy because of it.”
He offers a couple of tips: “Look and see where your elected officials stand on amnesty. That’s a tip-off as to whether they are secretly going along with the president.”
Rohrabacher said one issue in particular gets twisted beyond recognition.
“How about those people who say we have to take care of the DREAMers? ‘Oh, we have to take care of the DREAMers.’ What they’re talking about is giving benefits to young people who are here illegally when those education benefits should be going to our own people,” he said. “Our own kids are saddled with debt, and we’re going to give education benefits to people who have come here illegally?”
Since January 2015, Republicans have controlled both the House of Representatives and the Senate. So why can’t the GOP do something to to curb Obama’s alleged recklessness on the border?
“Controlling Capitol Hill doesn’t mean anything unless you have a two-thirds vote against a president who vetoes anything he doesn’t like,” Rohrabacher explained. “It takes a two-thirds vote to override the veto, so we haven’t been in control of Capitol Hill enough to be in control of a legislative agenda.”
Rohrabacher has endorsed Ted Cruz for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, in what seems like a process of elimination among the major candidates. He said Rubio is simply all over the map on this issue.
“The people of Florida elected him when he pledged not to support amnesty, pledged to fight this idea of open borders. As soon as he got elected to the United States Senate, he flipped over and became a major force for amnesty. Now he wants to flip again and wants us to forget that lie,” Rohrabacher said.
The congressman simply doesn’t believe Donald Trump is serious about the issue.
“Trump is talking off the top of his head and quite often he says things that are contradictory,” Rohrabacher said. “He says we’re going to deport the people here illegally. Then he says once they can get home, they can immediately come back if they want to. This is nonsense. So the only one who makes any sense to me is Ted Cruz.”