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Louie Gohmert Sees Weaknesses in Immigration Protest Vote

By    |   Thursday, 04 December 2014 03:16 PM

Rep. Louie Gohmert will skip today's House protest vote on immigration — a resolution he charges has been needlessly watered down since it was first proposed by Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida.

"Ted Yoho is a very, very dear friend. He's one of my most trusted, a great guy and I was a co-sponsor on his original bill 57-59 that said in essence the president didn't have the power to do what he did. Then, our leadership got a hold of it," Gohmert said Thursday on the "Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"They changed the name from the 'Executive Amnesty Prevention Bill' to the 'Executive Overreach Bill' and added a provision that says subsections will apply, except for humanitarian purposes … basically the law for asylum or refugee status. But that has nothing to do with giving people work permits."

The Texas Republican — who is vice chair of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security — believes the White House will be able to exploit the weaknesses in the bill.

"Now that our leadership has mucked this one up and added an exception — that's big enough to drive a truck through it if you're in this administration," Gohmert said.

"[President Barack Obama] sees every exception is allowing him to do what he's doing. I'm not going to be voting for what has become or you called a symbolic vote. Why water down this symbolic vote for heaven's sake?"

The symbolic vote is being held so lawmakers can officially voice frustration with the president's executive action — which paves the way for amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants — before funding the government ahead of a Dec. 11 deadline.

Gohmert isn't the only one fuming about the weakened bill.

According to The Blaze, Rep. Steve King of Iowa complained that a new section inserted in the bill states "prosecutorial discretion generally ought to be applied on a case-by-case basis and not to whole categories of persons."

King said legally, prosecutorial discretion can only be applied on a case-by-case basis, and the "ought to be" language weakens that legal concept, according to The Blaze.

"This bill amounts to a resolution of disagreement with the president," King said. "I don’t think it makes it clear enough that the president clearly violated the Constitution of the United States. I don’t want this to be into the record as something that’s ambiguous."

In his interview with Steve Malzberg, Gohmert also minced no words about Congress funding the government in the face of a sweeping executive action he feels is illegal — and said passing it may set the country up for more dysfunction.

"Think about what has been proposed … The thing is an ominous bill that funds everything to the end of the fiscal year next year giving the president whatever he wants, but we only fund the Department of Homeland Security through March," he explained.

"At that time the idea was we'll say you either stop all the permit efforts or we're not going to fund Homeland Security. Think about that. A big part of Homeland Security is TSA, the secret service and you've got the border patrol.

"Basically, we would be telling the president, if you don't stop giving permits to people that are here illegally then we're not going to fund the border patrol and the border will be wide open and everybody can come if they want to. The old saying is, don't take a hostage if it's somebody the other guys want you to shoot."

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