FEBRUARY 18, 2015
Judicial Watch recently urged Congress to ask the GAO to investigate the DHS on whether or not they misappropriated taxpayer funds to carry out President Obama’s executive amnesty plans. In the letter, Judicial Watch is asking whether or not U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) misappropriated these funds to establish DAPA and extend DACA. If that is true, this scheme would be a violation of the Antideficiency Act, which states it is prohibited by federal law for government officials to spend money that has not been appropriated by Congress yet or that is beyond the funding Congress has already appropriated. Read more about Judicial Watch’s letter here.
The following is a quote from the article suggesting one of the ways the DHS has pursued its illegal efforts:
For immigration enforcement advocates, it’s an open secret that Obama’s DHS has been illegally hoarding funds, most likely from fees skimmed from legal applicants, in order to pay for his new amnesty directives. In a leaked 2010 memo on tactical measures for pushing through administrative amnesty, DHS lawyers advised Obama-appointees that Congress could try to halt such a program through defunding. They warned that “Congress may… seek to undermine [executive amnesty] through legislation or by using its appropriations authority to prohibit the expenditure of funds on such a program.”