Senate Judiciary subcommittee to investigate DHS employee retaliation claims

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Members of the ‎Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest are investigating potential workplace retaliation against Department of Homeland Security employees for faithfully discharging the duties of the office in which they serve even though they conflict with President Obama’s immigration policies.  The committee is concerned that Homeland Security personnel could be or have been punished for refusing to comply with the Administration’s willful disregard for immigration laws. In a letter signed by Senator Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the senators called on Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to provide detailed personnel disciplinary records for the past six years.

Citing a recent comment by President Obama that employees will face consequences for refusing to comply with his executive actions, the senators wrote, “Not only do the President’s statements ignore the plain language of several immigration statutes that command DHS personnel to take certain actions relating to illegal aliens, the comments seem to comport with a pattern and practice of threats toward DHS personnel who seek to fulfill their duties under the law.”

Other cosigners include Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and senators David Vitter (R-LA), David Perdue (R-GA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Thom Tillis (R-NC).

A signed copy of the letter may be read by clicking here.