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Heritage Sentinel update (10/21) – Illegal immigrants; Obamacare repeal


Heritage Action Sentinel LogoSentinels,

The Sentinel Summit is quickly approaching! The hotel was able to accommodate us, and has extended the discounted room rate ($139) through this Friday (10/24). They may not be able to guarantee that rate beyond Friday, and regular room rates run near $300 – so if you have not booked yet, make sure to do so! We have also extended the $99 rate for registration. All your meals are included in your registration.

>> Book Hotel Here

>> Register For The Summit

You are each important to our Sentinel team in the Midwest Region. Please let me know if you are interested in coming, and I would love to help make sure you can get Atlanta! Have questions about what we will be covering during the Summit? Let me know!

Weekly Call Notes (10/20/14)

The House and Senate are not in session this week.

Refugee Memorandum: President Obama recently issued an executive memorandum that will allow for a limited number of children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to apply for refugee status if they have relatives legally residing in the U.S. This policy is problematic in that it requires officials to justify the refugee status by loosening criteria. Although this proposal may currently be limited in scope, there is concern the administration would then use this justification to offer asylum to thousands of children here illegally, amounting to a massive loophole for administrative amnesty.

The U.S. is already the number one country of resettlement in the world, accepting 66,200 refugees in 2013. Our refugee and asylum policy does not need a politically motivated expansion that would trample current law while inviting another surge of illegal crossings. Congress should respond to any new avenue granting executive amnesty with legislation that stops the Obama Administration from continuing to break the law.

>> Sentinel Brief: Lame Duck Threat: Another Venue for Administrative Amnesty

Obamacare Repeal (Reconciliation): A successful long-term movement to repeal Obamacare requires ongoing legislative conflict in which conservatives use whatever available leverage to prevent the law from settling into place, forcing the political class to take sides. If and when the GOP reclaims the Senate, conservatives will have the chance to reignite the Obamacare fight and push repeal legislation through Congress.

Budget “reconciliation” is a two-step process which allows Congress to pass a budget resolution that directs changes in current law to bring levels of spending, revenues, or the debt ceiling in line with the resolution. Essentially, Congress could use a simple majority to pass a budget that instructs the repeal of Obamacare; then, it could use the same majority to pass actual repeal legislation that would be sent to the President’s desk for the first time.

Conservatives cannot let those who have accepted that Obamacare is here to stay convince other opponents of the law that the fight cannot be won. Full repeal is still possible, but it requires ongoing legislative conflict with President Obama and the law’s supporters. Ask your members of Congress if they are prepared to repeal Obamacare in 2015, and be ready to hold them accountable to their answer.

Hope to see you at the Sentinel Summit!

Stephanie Kreuz

Midwest Regional Coordinator
Heritage Action for America
Cell: 202-258-4703
Twitter: @skreuz

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