Rep. Gosar Introduces Bill to Terminate Unconstitutional Central American Amnesty Flight Program

Apr 29, 2016

For Immediate Release

Date: April 29, 2016

Contact: Steven D. Smith


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 5141, the Central American Amnesty Termination Act, which blocks the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program that promotes lawlessness and incentivizes further illegal immigration:

“President Obama’s failure to uphold our immigration laws on the books has resulted in a self-imposed crisis, not only on our southern border, but throughout the United States. The CAM program has been a failure and has not helped reduce the surge of unaccompanied alien minors as they are once again flooding our country.   

 “Article I, section 8, of the Constitution gives Congress clear jurisdiction on immigration matters, and the creation of the CAM program by executive action clearly infringes on that authority. Surely, our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves at the thought of the Obama Administration flying illegal aliens from Central American countries to the United States, allowing them to work and putting them on the path to citizenship. Ultimately, if Congress doesn’t take bold action now to hold the president accountable for his lawlessness, we risk permanently damaging the integrity of our Republic.”


The full text of H.R. 5141 can be found HERE.

Under the CAM program, the Obama Administration allows illegal aliens from three Central American countries to fly to the United States and be admitted into our country. The CAM program provides cash, loans for flights, reimbursements for DNA testing, as well as medical assistance to participants in the program. CAM participants can obtain a green card within one year of receiving “refugee” status, can receive citizenship after five years, and are immediately eligible for taxpayer funded benefits for things like Obamacare.

As of mid-April 2016, the CAM program has received applicants from more than 8,000 aliens and already admitted 197 Central American aliens into the U.S. Furthermore, at least 16 parents who completed an Affidavit of Relationship under the CAM program were Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

The Associated Press recently obtained information through a Freedom of Information Act request which revealed that, of the 71,000 unaccompanied alien minors placed with sponsors in the United States from February 2014 to September 2015, most of whom were from Central America, 80 percent were placed with illegal aliens living in the United States.

Current Endorsements of H.R. 5141 include FAIR and NumbersUSA.

Original cosponsors include (21): Brian Babin, Lou Barletta, Diane Black, Dave Brat, Mo Brooks, Scott DesJarlais, Jeff Duncan, Louie Gohmert, Glenn Grothman, Tim Huelskamp, Walter Jones, Steve King, Kenny Marchant, John Mica and Steve Palazzo.