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Graves Calls On President Obama to Address Border Crisis

Jul 2, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06) today joined with 32 Members of Congress in a letter calling on President Obama to get serious about the crisis along America’s border with Mexico.

“The reason we are witnessing the surge of unaccompanied alien children along our southwestern border is because the President and his Administration have refused to enforce existing immigration laws.  Time and again, this President has chosen to pursue his own policies that are in direct contradiction with U.S. law.  I’m calling on the President to obey the Rule of Law, and to quickly resolve the current situation at our southern border,” said Congressman Graves.

Specifically, Graves called on the President to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Created without congressional support in 2012, DACA contradicts present law and violates the Constitutional principle of separation of powers.  In addition, Graves requested an explicit public commitment from the President that he will not support legislation that extends legal status to newly arriving illegal aliens – regardless of age.

Read the letter here.