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November 17, 2014

Senators Carper and Coons, Representative Carney

Now the mid-term elections are over, SAFE has embarked on a project to confirm and/or update its positions on five key issues: Illegal immigration, deficits & debt, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, GovCare (aka Obamacare), and the defense budget. You and your staff members may want to follow these analyses, and even pass them on to colleagues (e.g., this is what some of my constituents think).

Here’s the first analysis, which was posted on the blog page of SAFE’s website this morning. We trust you will find it accurate, well reasoned, and fair.

11/17/14 – Proposed executive order on immigration would be bad policy, bad politics, & unconstitutional.

If you have comments, questions, or we can help further, please let us know.

SAFE


Response from Representative Carney
November 25, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to contact me about this issue. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter.

Let me begin by saying that our nation's immigration laws are outdated and broken -- there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. At the same time, many workers with the skills and experience American companies need are unable to obtain visas to work here legally. We need a modern immigration system that will both safeguard America's security and promote its prosperity. In my view, that requires Congress to move forward in a bipartisan way toward sensible immigration reform.

This summer, we saw a flood of undocumented children at the U.S.-Mexico border, which further called our immigration policies into question. The arrival of these thousands of unaccompanied minors was primarily due to the widespread violence and unrest in certain Central American countries. It's a tragedy that the parents of these children feel that sending these youth to our borders is the only way to keep them safe and give them the opportunity for a better future. That said, the influx of these unaccompanied minors at our borders set off a humanitarian and security crisis.

The President's executive action addresses a crisis in our country that Congress should have already resolved. The Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform bill, which I support, over a year ago. Unfortunately, the House has yet to act on that legislation. This is a failure of leadership. I'm frustrated and unhappy that it has come to this, but I do believe the President is within his authority to take these actions, and I support the policies behind it.

For the security of our nation, the sake of our economy, and the preservation of the American dream, we cannot allow our current immigration system to remain broken. President Obama has deported a record number of individuals here illegally, and has prioritized those deportations within the bounds of limited resources. The President's announcement will allow some in Delaware and across the country to come out of the shadows. It will also keep families from being broken up through deportation. That said, this action is not a comprehensive solution to our nation's immigration problem. I will continue to implore my colleagues in the House to take bipartisan action to fix our immigration system now.

In closing, let me reiterate that a smart immigration policy is not only good for Delaware and the country -- it's the right thing to do. We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. Making pragmatic reforms is important to ensure that our laws fit today's needs, while maintaining our nation's position as a beacon of hope for people all over the world.

I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts with me. I am grateful for the trust Delawareans have placed in me and take seriously my responsibility to represent them in Congress. I look forward to serving you in the coming years.

John Carney
Member of Congress
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