For Immediate Release
Bear Witness Central calls activists to action
Tea Party activists are calling on citizens to urge their Congressman to amend a flawed immigration bill.
Your Congressman needs to put some teeth in this border bill, Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots said – This legislation does nothing to address the Obama Administration’s lawless amnesty policies on the Southern border.
She was referring to H.R. 399, an alleged “border security” bill introduced by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-TX). While the bill does provide a nominal amount of security fencing and funding for surveillance drones, it’s most noteworthy for what’s missing.
A real border bill was passed last summer, one that stopped the Administration’s ‘catch-and-release’ program and stepped up deportations of illegal aliens. With a stronger GOP majority in the House, why not strengthen this flawed bill? If your Congressman is serious about securing the border and standing up to President Obama’s executive amnesty, he’ll demand tough amendments, and fight for a legitimate border bill.”
Our focus now is on amending HR 399 with as many of the provisions of the Carter-Aderholt language as possible. Specifically, the following additions must be made to HR 399 for it to be considered a legitimate border security bill:
1) 700 miles of double-layer fencing
2) End catch-and-release policy
3) Expedited removal process (days, not years)
4) Close the asylum loopholes
5) Mandatory biometric exit system
We need you to make your individual Congressman listen; they were all shocked at the call volume during the Speaker vote. Imagine if your Congressman felt the same intensity about this border bill!
We’ve put together a tool kit for you to use. There are sample social media posts, emails for you to send to friends, and a template for a press release. We have a chance here to affect positive change, and make a bad bill better. We’ve done it before, and I know we can do it again. I hope we can count on you.
We also need to keep the Senate’s feet to the fire. The upper chamber has until Feb. 25 to vote on the House’s bill defunding President Obama’s executive amnesty. To give us the leverage we need to strengthen H.R. 399, Congressman Jeff Duncan and 40 of his colleagues have signed a letter to Senator McConnell. Click here to read the letter. It is imperative that you call your two U.S. Senators, and tell them to take up the House’s de-fund legislation H.R. 240 now, not wait till the last minute! Just refer to the language in Congressman Duncan’s letter.