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Ratcliffe applauds Trump administration for rescinding Obama’s executive amnesty program

Washington, DC, June 16, 2017

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s announcement that it would rescind DAPA, a program created unilaterally by former President Obama in 2014, which sought to allow millions of unlawful immigrants to remain in the United States.

“I commend DHS Secretary Kelly for unwinding Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration, which waged an assault on the Constitution and rule of law. This is the very reason I introduced the Executive Amnesty Prevention Act within my first few months in Congress, and I’m very pleased the Trump administration is working to ensure that we aren’t rewarding the circumvention of our immigration laws.”

Ratcliffe is a former U.S. attorney whose work led to the arrest of more than 300 illegal aliens in a single day. In 2015, he introduced the Executive Amnesty Prevention Act (H.R. 1715) to reverse former President Obama’s executive action to circumvent Congress in granting amnesty to up to 5 million illegal immigrants.