This rule is another instance in which the Administration bypassed Congress' authority to enact immigration policy, just as the 2012 memorandum, in which the Department of Homeland Security granted relief from deportation to young people brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents, if they met certain criteria. This administration has set a dangerous precedent, in which it picks and chooses which laws it should enforce based on its political views.
This new rule provides preferential treatment to illegal immigrants over those who have come to this country legally and followed our lawful path to citizenship. Our immigration policy must reflect our core belief that entry into the United States is not a right, but a privilege.
As a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and member of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, I will continue to support the rule of law and Congress' role to enact immigration policy.