Dems Want to Halt the HALT Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seventy-five Democratic members of Congress signed a letter to President Obama in opposition to the HALT Act, which they described to Obama as "an attack on your integrity that should not pass unnoticed or unopposed." 

The HALT Act ("Hinder the Administration's Legalization Temptation" Act, HR 2497) was introduced last week by Rep. Lamar Smith, D-Tex., Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate this week by Sen. David Vitter, R-La. The bill would suspend until January 2013 certain powers the president has under current law to prioritize the deportation of criminals and suspend the deportation of individuals whose countries have been decimated by natural disasters, whose families serve in the U.S. military, or for whom other circumstances warrant leniency or special consideration.

Read the letter