Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, says President Obama is acting like a
monarch in unilaterally changing immigration policy and threatening to
do it again on a grander scale.
The congressman says Obama is personally responsible for the surge of
illegals, including unaccompanied minors, across our southern border,
and Congress should begin a process of withholding funding for any
department of government that refuses to enforce the existing laws.
“I would greatly prefer Congress actually do something. I take
executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue,
and Congress chooses to do nothing,” said Obama.
In a White House Rose Garden statement on Monday, Obama ripped
congressional Republicans for refusing to approve comprehensive
immigration reform and said they left him with no choice but to pursue
reform on his own.
While the president may be frustrated, Gohmert says Obama surrendered
the authority to make or change laws the minute he left the legislative
branch of government.
“He didn’t run for the legislature. He left the legislature and ran
for president. Legislating is not an option for him unless he wants to
destroy our Constitution or create a constitutional crisis, which he is
quickly moving us toward,” said Gohmert.
In the same Rose Garden statement, Obama stated he is asking Homeland
Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder for
recommendations on what he can do on immigration policy through
If Obama makes good on that promise, Gohmert says House members need to take swift and decisive action.
“The Founders gave us the power of the purse. It’s going to take a
lot of courage to stand up to the president and say we’re going to start
defunding anything that you care deeply about that’s not important to the American people,” said Gohmert, who wants to start by removing
funding for the attorney general’s office and rescinding salaries for
anyone held in contempt of Congress.
“We need to start eliminating any money for any federal agency or
department, including the White House, that is not following the law.
Then you get their attention. That’s what the Founders anticipated.
I know our speaker [John Boehner] says we’re only half of one-third
[of the government]. Well, we’re the most important half of the
appropriations process. If we don’t agree to an appropriation, it
doesn’t happen. It’s time we took a stronger stand in that regard,” said
Obama also claimed on Monday that comprehensive immigration reform
was an urgent priority because the present surge of illegal immigrants
is proof that our existing laws are very confusing to people yearning to
live in the U.S.
Gohmert says that analysis is exactly backwards.
“The current rules are confusing because the law is very clear and
yet the president came out and announced, like a good monarch would,
that he didn’t like the law and so he pronounced new law. ‘If you meet
these requirements, then we’ll let you stay here. So I have spoken, so
shall it be.’ That’s what monarchs do. So because of that, it is
confusing. The law itself is not,” said Gohmert.
In addition to its alleged failure to enforce existing immigration
and border security laws, Gohmert says the government is actively
thwarting other laws and putting American lives at risk.
“Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, they are engaged in
human trafficking. So if you get into this country, then you are
transported to other parts of the country. If you have a parent who is
here illegally, then Health and Human Services, which is no longer about
health, and Homeland Security that is no longer about security will
engage in human trafficking and help you violate the law by getting you
illegally wherever you want to go,” said Gohmert.
The congressman made headlines earlier this week by telling radio
host Sean Hannity that the U.S. is on the road to becoming a
Third-World country. He elaborated further on that characterization,
noting that the warehousing of kids and adults does not represent a modern society
and neither does the practice of letting people with communicable
diseases roam around our country. But he says there is an even greater
concern that smacks of a Third-World regime.
“One of the things that makes a Third-World country a Third-World
country is that they don’t follow the law and they don’t enforce it
fairly. There’s graft. There’s corruption. Officials can be brought and
they can be bribed. They will do whatever they want. We have people
fleeing countries like that to come into the United States.
because we have been observing the rule of law for the most part. We do
try to apply it fairly across the board. Then once they get into this
country, then they say, ‘We want you to become like our country and quit
enforcing the law,’” said Gohmert.
Gohmert’s solution to the surge across the border is to enforce
existing law to the fullest extent and stop people from entering the
country and sending them back to where they came from. He says history
proves this works.
“Border Patrol men can’t afford to say it on the record because of
their jobs, but what I heard from them over and over is, ‘We had a
problem with Brazilians coming in when they got word we wouldn’t send
them back. Once we were allowed to send a few families back, it stopped
immediately,’” said Gohmert.
As for the tens of thousands who have just arrived, Gohmert says
basic compassion should apply in terms of feeding and providing other
immediate needs, but he says they simply need to be told they can’t stay
and then escorted out of the country.
“You say, ‘You’re not coming in legally. Our laws means so much.
That’s why our economy is better than yours, because we apply the rule
of law. We can’t let you destroy the economy by forcing us to quit
following the rule of law. Therefore, we are sending you back,’” said
“It would require some manpower, some expense to send people back,
but nearly as much as the damage to our country would be by letting
people come in just willy nilly as they wish to,” he said.
Obama is also asking for Congress to approve two billion dollars in
new spending to provide better temporary shelter and to set up more
judges and courts to process the cases of the illegal immigrants.
Gohmert sees no need for aliens caught illegally crossing the border to get a day in court.
“No, they don’t need to be in court. What should be done is what’s
called a turnaround. If you attempt to come into get on our soil and
you’re caught at the border, then you’re turned around and sent back.
You don’t need a judge to hear your case. If you did not come in legally
and have the proper papers, you go back. You go back to where you came
from. That ought to be what we do,” said Gohmert.
In the final analysis, Gohmert says the current crisis is a result of
the federal government not doing its job in protecting our borders. He
says there’s no reason to work with Obama on immigration legislation as
long as the president thumbs his nose at the current laws.
“Once we have a president who agrees to follow the law, shows us he
will follow the law, then we can get a reform package. There’s no sense
in reforming anything until the president is willing to follow the law.
The courts have made clear that it is up to the federal executive branch
to enforce our immigration laws,” said Gohmert.