King Responds to Amnesty Amendment Added to NDAA
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee accepted an amnesty amendment during the markup of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act ( NDAA):
“I was disappointed to see that the House Armed Services Committee accepted an amnesty amendment during markup of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),” said King. “The amendment encourages the Secretary of Defense to find ways to enlist illegal immigrants granted amnesty under the President’s illegal and unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) into the armed services. This policy would provide a fast track to citizenship for those accepted into a program Congress has voted to defund three times.
The House of Representatives first voted to defund DACA with my amendment on June 5, 2013. That vote was followed by two more defund votes in August 2014 and January 2015. It is incomprehensible that any House Committee would encourage using DACA to expand the President’s amnesty agenda further. It is even more disappointing as the NDAA is a bill designed to keep this nation safe from its enemies at a time of war, not about granting citizenship to illegal immigrants. It is the wrong policy on the wrong bill at the worst time. This will bring about a major fight among those of us who have given our oath to support and defend the Constitution and mean it and those who simply gave their oath. This is a dark day both for those that defend the Rule of Law and those that seek to keep the United States safe.”