Texas Sheriff on Obama’s Amnesty: ‘Saloon Door Mentality on Our Border’

By Penny Starr | December 11, 2014 | 1:24pm EST

Jackson County Texas Sheriff Andy Louderback spoke at a press conference on Dec. 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C., in opposition to President Barack Obama's amnesty plan. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday in the nation’s capitol, Jackson County Texas Sheriff Andy Louderback said President Barack Obama’s plan to protect millions of illegal aliens from deportation amounts to “a large welcome sign and a saloon door mentality on our border.”

"What we’re facing in Texas and in this nation is a large welcome sign and a saloon door mentality on our border," said Louderback, president of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.

“Sheriffs in this country support the rule of law,” said Louderback, who was joined by lawmakers and sheriffs from across the country. “Everybody here, behind me, to my left, to my right, supports the rule of law.”

More than a dozen county sheriffs and a long list of their colleagues who oppose Obama’s amnesty plan but were not present at the press conference joined Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and David Vitter (R-La.), and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to express their opposition.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke at a press conference to oppose President Barack Obama's amnesty plan on Dec. 10, 2014, surrounded by county sheriffs from around the country who also oppose it. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

No specifics were given as to what could be done to stop the president or the Department of Homeland Security’s new immigration law enforcement guidelines on prosecutorial discretion.

Pinal County Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu said the president should be putting citizens’ rights ahead of those of illegal aliens.

“Instead of putting illegals first and their rights, what about putting Americans and our rights and our security once first – put our security first?” Babeu said. “We ask Congress to stand up to this president and to enforce all of the laws and to secure our border.”

“We do not support this amnesty,” Louderback said. “We cannot support this amnesty.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) organized a press conference held on Dec. 10, 2014 to demonstrate that the law enforcement community is opposed to President Barack Obama's amnesty plan. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

As CNSNews.com reported, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson released the memorandum on the same day that the president announced his amnesty plan.

“In the immigration context,” the memo says, in part, “prosecutorial discretions should apply not only to the decision to issue, serve, file, or cancel a Notice to Appear, but also to a broad range of other discretionary enforcement decision, including deciding: whom to stop, question, and arrest; whom to detain or release; whether to settle, dismiss, appeal, or join in a motion on a case; and whether to grant deferred action, parole, or a stay of removal instead of pursuing removal in a case.”

When CNSNews.com asked what Congress can do about Johnson’s guidance, Sessions said he was looking into that but vowed to fight the president.

“I have a message today for every leader in Congress, for every official in the White House and to President Obama: We are going to fight this illegal amnesty, and we're not going to stop,” Sessions said.

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