Posted by: Deborah D | August 1, 2010

Will Obama bypass Congress on immigration?

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Will Obama bypass Congress on immigration?

Welcome to the revolution, folks. Just as Obama and company are attempting to sidestep Congress on Cap and Trade by empowering the EPA, will they do the same on “comprehensive immigration reform?” With this bunch in office and what they’ve already maneuvered with health care, they shouldn’t be given the benefit of the doubt. This is from Tom Diemer of Politics Daily.

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) is considering ways to achieve aspects of the White House plan for immigration reform — including giving some illegals permanent-resident status — without the approval of Congress, ProPublica reports. Congress appears unlikely to act on the politically sensitive issue this year, meaning the unresolved issue could spill into fall midterm election campaigns.

USCIS, a part of the Obama administration, outlines the ideas in a draft memo that includes the possibility of issuing green cards to tens of thousands who entered the country illegally. “In the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, CIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations,” the memo advises.

You can read it all here:

National Review Online also has the story. This is reported by Rosemary Jenks.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) may have uncovered … an internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memo (reported here on NRO) that outlines steps the Obama administration can take “in the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform” — that is, lawfully enacted amnesty — to “reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization.”

The four authors of the memo, titled “Administrative Alternatives to Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” are political appointees USCIS chief of policy and strategy Denise Vanison (a former immigration attorney and partner at Patton Boggs) and USCIS chief counsel Roxana Bacon (former general counsel for the American Immigration Lawyers Association), and two career employees of USCIS director Alejandro Mayorkas, another Obama appointee.

The U.S. Constitution gives Congress — and only Congress — the authority to decide federal immigration law, but the Obama administration has come up with an extensive list of ways to ensure that a majority of the illegal aliens in the United States are allowed to remain here.

Here are just three examples of the outrageous proposals in the memo:

USCIS could grant “parole-in-place,” which comes with a work permit and the ability to obtain a green card, to certain classes of aliens who entered the country illegally. Such classes would include those who entered as minors and those who “have lived for many years in the U.S.” …

For those who overstay their visas, the memo recommends granting “deferred action,” which means that deportation is deferred indefinitely and the illegal alien can apply for a work permit…

To make sure no illegal alien is left behind, the memo suggests that DHS could simply stop issuing “Notices to Appear” (the document that starts the removal process for illegal aliens) unless the alien has a “significant negative immigration or criminal history.” Apparently, violating immigration law once or twice is acceptable.  These folks wouldn’t be able to apply for a work permit, but since the Obama administration isn’t conducting worksite enforcement against illegal aliens much anymore, that shouldn’t matter.

Now you know why Obama is fighting the Arizona law which only mirrors the federal law. Obama’s administration wants to circumvent the federal law, so they can’t have any nasty state laws circumventing their circumvention. These people must be stopped. Read it all here:

USCIS (which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security) released a statement regarding the leaked memo. You can read it all at this link:  Here’s a portion of it:

Internal memoranda help us do the thinking that leads to important changes; some of them are adopted and others are rejected. Our goal is to implement policies wisely and well to strengthen all aspects of our mission. The choices we have made so far have strengthened both the enforcement and services sides of USCIS — nobody should mistake deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions. To be clear, DHS will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation’s entire illegal immigrant population.

Feel better now? They won’t grant deferred action to the nation’s entire illegal population. How comforting.


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