Reject Amnesty for Illegals by Bureaucratic Maneuvers
Whether one believes that states have the authority to control illegal immigration along their own borders or that this particular authority resides solely with Congress at the federal level granted by the Constitution, most American citizens would have no problem agreeing that the Obama Administration’s attempts to grant a blanket or backdoor amnesty by arbitrarily changing rules and procedures within the Immigration Service is just plain wrong. The executive branch is clearly without this kind of constitutional or congressional authority and yet, that is exactly what a new memo indicates may be happening soon.
Intent on reducing “the threat of removal” concerning “individuals present in the United States without authorization,” the Obama Administration’s Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) division was discovered to have an internal memo circulating outlining certain procedures that could reduce the deportation of illegals using tools described in the memo as "a non-legislative version of amnesty."
The memo offered the options of granting amnesty for those fleeing natural disasters in their own countries; expanding the use of “parole” for “urgent humanitarian reasons” or “significant public benefit;” and increasing the use of “deferred action,” which involves the government choosing not to pursue illegal immigrants and allowing them to remain in the United States for any or no reason.
The document admits that using deferred action will be controversial and expensive; Congress’ permission for funds to implement the measure would have to be sought, something that’s sure to meet with resistance from citizens, and even some congressmen.
The Obama Administration cautioned that the 11-page memo does not yet represent official policy, and the USCIS denies any backdoor or stealth amnesty program: “To be clear, DHS (Department of Homeland Security) will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation's entire illegal immigrant population,” CIS spokesmen Christopher Bentley said. The use of the adjective “entire” is duly noted, making Bentley’s pronouncement more frightening, not less.
Senator Charles Grassley, (R-Iowa), whose office uncovered the memo and made it public, believes the whole idea is “a large-scale, de facto amnesty program.”
This is another blatant and tyrannical attempt by the current administration to provide amnesty for millions and millions of illegal aliens. Stealth amnesty sends the wrong message to potentially new citizens -- in America, it is okay to break the law. There will be no ill consequences, only rewards, encouraging others to take the same route, be they honest immigrants or terrorists. This type of pseudo social justice or false charity is destructive to society as a whole because it is without justice, both in the arbitrarily way it is being achieved and administered that makes a mockery out of the current system, and in the consequences suffered by working legal citizens who must carry the additional financial burden.
Paramount to retaining our representational form of government is the necessity of vigilance in upholding the Constitution. Please express to your public servants the necessity of working diligently toward convincing the Administration to abandon this approach to the illegal immigration problem by sending them an email or letter.
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