The Obama administration is taking steps to grant what amounts to amnesty to as many as 300,000 illegal aliens.
In a recent announcement on a sleepy August Friday in Washington, D.C., the Department of Homeland Security directed immigration enforcement officials to start dropping cases against as many deportable alien lawbreakers as possible.
The administration is clearing out removal cases wholesale. Despite insisting that it will give them case-by-case treatment, an interagency committee is charged with finding all the cases it can to grant relief.
This backdoor amnesty broadens and encourages use of “prosecutorial discretion” on behalf of foreigners who face removal orders. Not only will potentially thousands of illegals be allowed to remain in the United States, but the administration has also confirmed that those aliens can obtain work permits.
Illegal aliens the Obamaites consider “low-priority” will benefit from this expansion of its discretion that was intended for rare usage. Last year, the administration explored what it termed “administrative alternatives” to “comprehensive immigration reform.” This latest decree follows in that vein of large-scale administrative action to end-run the legislative branch of government.
The Obama administration refuses to take Congress’ “no” to amnesty for an answer.
Last December, Congress rejected the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would have legalized those illegal aliens who supposedly were brought to America while children.
The revamped enforcement—or nonenforcement—scheme tracks with a June 17 memorandum from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That memo tilts discretion to be exercised more frequently, and enforcement pursued more narrowly.
Any illegal alien who can claim to have been in the country “since childhood,” or to be a U.S. veteran, or a crime victim, or pregnant with an anchor baby, will get “prompt particular care and consideration” for what’s effectively amnesty. This means the administration is unilaterally legalizing not only those who would benefit from the DREAM Act, but also other classes of illegals.
While denying that what is effectively legal status will be given broadly, there is nothing in this policy that limits it to exceptional cases. In fact, rather than allow such exceptions to be carefully examined, the administration is fast-tracking certain illegals to legal status.
“Together with the Department of Justice (DOJ), we have initiated an interagency working group to execute a case-by-case review of all individuals currently in removal proceedings to ensure that they constitute our highest priorities,” Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
In other words, immigration lawbreakers who aren’t terrorists, violent criminals or gang members will be legalized.
Signal to Would-Be Illegals
The Obama administration will drop immigration proceedings against known immigration lawbreakers, including thousands already in immigration courts. Receipt of “deferred action” or some other form of “prosecutorial discretion” will allow illegal aliens to remain in the country and pursue a valid work-authorization permit.
This sends a signal to would-be illegals that they should come here and keep their noses clean. If caught, they can escape immigration trouble, win legal status and seek a work permit.
Further, it leaves 7 million illegal aliens in their stolen American jobs, while some 25 million Americans can’t find a full-time job. And some of those illegal workers could end up with permission to keep the stolen job!
The administration intends to tilt the field in favor of illegal immigration in the future. It is “taking immediate and comprehensive action . . . to prevent future caseloads from being clogged with low-priority cases.”
New guidelines will make it even tougher to enforce immigration laws except against the worst criminal aliens. The message: When in doubt, let the illegal alien go.
Obamaites are also making American law enforcement the bad guy. They’re designing police indoctrination “training” to emphasize “civil rights and aliens’ rights in the criminal justice system.”
New detainer forms limit illegals to being held by local police for 48 hours. Police will have to “provide [illegal alien] arrestees with a copy . . . of how to make a complaint in six languages and a number to call” to trump up civil rights allegations against the police.
Backdoor amnesty runs roughshod over the rule of law and Congress’ plenary power over immigration. The administration is snubbing its nose at the legislative branch once again. And, in the process, the will of the American people is also being flouted.