A press release from Congressman Randy Hultgren:
Hultgren Statement on DHS Appropriations Bill
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren today opposed House passage of legislation to adopt the Senate’s bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but failing to stop the President’s executive actions. He released the following statement:
“Today, I voted against a bill which continues funding the President’s lawless executive actions on immigration which a majority of Americans and, most recently, federal courts oppose.
“Since last fall, the House has stood solidly against the President overstepping his authority and violating the separation of powers.
“Today’s passage of the DHS appropriations bill without an attempt to fix the egregious executive changes to immigration law abandoned that effort.
“My constituents have told me repeatedly that, whatever the issue, they do not support the President acting outside of his authority and going around the American people and their representatives in Congress.
“We need to responsibly fund DHS and our law enforcement by empowering them to administer our nation’s laws.
“I trust the federal courts will soundly reject the President’s actions, and restore integrity back to our nation’s law enforcement and visa system.
“I supported the previous three week funding bill that would have allowed the legal process to run its course through the federal court which has already ruled against the President’s actions.”
Rep. Hultgren has continually pushed back against the President’s overreach:
- In January, Rep. Hultgren supported Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations legislation and amendments to defund the President’s unlawful executive orders and restore the proper legal procedure whereby a judge—not the President—processes any deferred action on deportations.
- In December, Rep. Hultgren became the only Illinois Member of Congress to support the Mulvaney amendment, key legislation which would have defunded the President’s executive actions on immigration. He also cosponsored H.R. 29, the Separation of Powers Act, which similarly defunded his actions.
- In August, Rep. Hultgren supported House passage of H.R. 5320, a bill which among other things worked to secure the border by increasing National Guard presence and boosting DHS border security and enforcement, including increasing detention capacity and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border security.
- In June, the Obama Administration withdrew its effort to move Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) to a former monastery in the Chicago area after Rep. Hultgren drew attention to the plan which would have endangered the safety of the children and encouraged further cross-border movement.