Monday, December 1, 2014

Morgan Griffith on Obamacare and Immigration

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From Congressman Morgan Griffith's E-Newsletter:

Immigration – An Update

It has been more than a week since President Obama announced his executive actions regarding immigration.  I have serious concerns about his actions and their legality.  My concerns include whether the President can broadly and unilaterally grant illegal immigrants permission to work.

Further, among the red flags being raised about the President’s immigration announcement is a recent report by the Washington Times indicating that, under this plan, “…businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.”

The President’s plan, though it declares as many as 5 million illegal immigrants to be eligible for work permits, deems them ineligible for public benefits such as Obamacare.  As the Washington Times notes, “…that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.”

According to this same Washington Times report, an anonymous official at the Department of Homeland Security confirmed these immigrants will be unable to access Obamacare, creating this Obamacare employer mandate loophole.

I can’t help but wonder if the President or his team noticed this conflict ahead of time, or if they failed – as usual – to notice yet another Obamacare problem in advance.

My office has heard from a number of you concerned about the President’s executive announcement regarding immigration.  The overwhelming majority feel that:
  • the President is acting outside of his authority with this executive action;
  • this action is unfair to those who have legally immigrated to the United States;
  • Congress should look into stripping funding for implementation of the executive action, etc.
But in fairness, I should note that approximately 3% of those contacting us about this have done so to voice their support for the President’s action.

Discussions regarding President Obama’s immigration plans and how to most appropriately respond are ongoing.  Please know I will be reviewing our options closely, keeping in mind the laws already on the books as well as my responsibility to support and defend the Constitution.