POTUS to Parole millions of criminals

Posted: August 4, 2010 in Battlefield Arizona

Memo floats immigration reforms without congressional action

 The Obama administration is exploring a broad range of options that potentially could let thousands of illegal immigrants remain in the United States legally or apply for permanent residency if Congress continues to stall on passage of comprehensive immigration reform, according to an internal government memo obtained by The Arizona Republic. The Obama administration is exploring a broad range of options that potentially could let thousands of illegal immigrants remain in the United States legally or apply for permanent residency if Congress continues to stall on passage of comprehensive immigration reform, according to an internal government memo obtained by The Arizona Republic. The draft memo, from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency in charge of processing immigration benefits, outlines administrative options that would “promote family unity, foster economic growth and achieve significant process improvements and reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization.”

Perhaps the most controversial part of the memo suggests increasing the use of deferred action, which the government uses to let certain illegal immigrants who haven’t committed crimes to remain in the United States without fear of being deported. Once an illegal immigrant is granted deferred action, they are eligible for work permits. Currently, deferred action is rarely granted.

The memo also suggests removing the barrier that prevents people who were granted Temporary Protected Status after fleeing natural disasters from applying for legal permanent residency. Currently, there are as many as one million people in the U.S. with Temporary Protected Status. The status was most recently granted to illegal immigrants from Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake.

The memo was originally leaked to Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, and some conservatives groups are already blasting the proposals as an attempt to circumvent Congress in order to grant amnesty to undocumented immigrants.

In a June 21 letter, Grassley and seven other GOP senators had asked President Barack Obama about rumors that his administration was considering a widespread use of “deferred action” or “parole” for large numbers of illegal immigrants. Grassley considers the idea “a large-scale, de facto amnesty program” and in the letter, he and the other senators warned Obama that such a move “would further erode the American public’s confidence in the federal government and its commitment to securing the borders and enforcing the laws already on the books.”

Grassley followed up Monday with a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, seeking details about how her department was using the “deferred action” authority.

“Since we first wrote to the president more than a month ago, the administration has failed to reassure us that the information we were hearing was inaccurate,” Grassley said in a written statement to The Arizona Republic.

“The document provides an additional basis for our concerns that the administration will go to great lengths to circumvent Congress and unilaterally execute a back door amnesty plan. The problem remains that if you reward illegality, you get more of it. Our first order of business must be to secure the border and enforce the laws on the books, not look for back channel ways to reward law breakers.”

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer , a Republican, called the memo disturbing.

“I hope the Obama administration would first be exploring and implementing plans to secure our nation’s borders and put an end to the daily operations of narco-terrorist groups in the United States,” Brewer said. “The accumulated impact of years of federal failure needs to stop. It is clear that Americans want the border secure first, and unilaterally granting amnesty only encourages additional lawlessness.”

Christopher S. Bentley, a spokesman for CIS in Washington, D.C., declined to discuss the contents of the memo, but emphasized that the administration is only looking at the possibility of expanding deferred action on a limited basis.

“To be clear, DHS will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation’s entire illegal immigrant population,” Bentley said.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2010/07/30/20100730immigration-reforms-memo-rbrk30-ON.html

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