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Westerman on President Obama’s executive order concerning illegal immigration

February 24, 2015
Dear Mr. Xxxxxxxxx,

Thank you for contacting me about President Obama’s executive order concerning illegal immigration.  Your input and opinion on current legislation and issues are of utmost importance to me, and your involvement in the process helps me more effectively serve the Fourth District of Arkansas.

America is a nation of immigrants, and I have no doubt that legal immigration is an asset to our country.  Many immigrants obey the rule of law and come into America legally.  According to the Migration Policy Institute, Arkansas’s immigrant population increased 75 percent between 2000 and 2012, one of largest percent growths in the nation.

Modern America faces a new reality regarding immigration.  Our immigration system is broken and in need of serious fixes.  This change must come from the legislative branch of our government, not from an overreaching executive administration.  For this reason, I voted in favor of HR 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015.  While this act will preserve funding for Department of Homeland Security, it will defund the administration’s executive overreach to grant deferred action to an estimated four million unlawful immigrants.  An amendment to the act makes clear that the defunded programs have no constitutional basis, and as such, they have no legal effect. An additional amendment states that no funds are to be used to consider new, renewal, or previously denied Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications.

The interests of legal immigrants should be prioritized over the interests of those who have entered our country illegally.  This is not the only time the House will deal with immigration issues.  Please know that I will keep your thoughts and concerns in mind anytime the House takes up important legislation like this.

To better serve the hardworking people of Arkansas, it is imperative that I hear from constituents like you.  I appreciate your opinion on this issue, and I hope you will continue to stay in contact with me on important policy matters.  To stay informed on what I am doing in Congress or to sign up for my newsletter, please visit my website athttp://westerman.house.gov.  It is an honor to represent you and the Fourth District of Arkansas.

Thank you again for contacting me.  I look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Sincerely,

Bruce Westerman
United States Congressman
Arkansas’s Fourth District

Westerman on the FCC


February 24, 2015


Dear Mr. Xxxxxxx,

Thank you for contacting me regarding your opposition to the regulation of the Internet by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Your input and opinion on current issues are of the utmost importance to me, and your involvement in the legislative process helps me more effectively serve the Fourth District of Arkansas.

On December 23, 2010, the FCC released its first set of rules intended to protect internet openness.  The legality of those rules was challenged in court, and on February 14, 2014, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the FCC.  Last year, the FCC opened a comment period for the public to share its thoughts on net neutrality regulations.  The public turned out in scores supporting internet openness. 

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently submitted a proposal to the commission, and a vote is expected on his proposal soon.  His proposal would change the internet’s classification from an information service to a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act.  

There have been many great inventions in the history of the world.  Only a handful of those inventions have revolutionized communications and information like the internet.  This is one of the many reasons why I am supportive of a continued open and free internet.  Please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind if a bill regarding net neutrality is brought before the House.      

To better serve the hardworking people of Arkansas, it is imperative that I hear from constituents like you.  I appreciate your opinion on this issue, and I hope you will continue to stay in contact with me on important policy matters.  To stay informed on what I am doing in Congress or to sign up for my newsletter, please visit my website:  http://westerman.house.gov.  It is an honor to represent you and the Fourth District of Arkansas. 

Thank you again for contacting me.  I look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Sincerely,
 
Bruce Westerman
United States Congressman
Arkansas’s Fourth District