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President Obama: Executive Order Amnesty? … Update

23 June 2010 3 Comments

With a stroke of a pen, will President Barack Obama deem a path to citizenship, ah hem, amnesty as the nation’s latest new law for an estimated 12-20 million illegal aliens by using his executive powers? According to Numbers USA, “a non-partisan site, that has “Democrats, Republicans, Reformers and Independents” among their “advisors” and in their “offices,” that’s precisely what seven senators are trying to find out.

In a letter sent to President Obama on June 20, 2010, signed by Sens. Grassley, Hatch (R-Utah), Vitter (R-La), Bunning (R-Ky.), Chambliss (R-Ga.), Isakson (R-Ga.), Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Cochran (R-Miss.), the lawmakers ask the President to clarify rumors that the administration is planning to use “deferred action or parole for illegal aliens,” should the Senate fail to pass comprehensive immigration reform with the required 60 votes to become law of the land.

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Following is the text of the letter:


June 20, 2010
Dear President Obama:
We understand that there’s a push for your Administration to develop a plan to unilaterally extend either deferred action or parole to millions of illegal aliens in the United States. We understand that the Administration may include aliens who have willfully overstayed their visas or filed for benefits knowing that they will not be eligible for a status for years to come. We understand that deferred action and parole are discretionary actions reserved for individual cases that present unusual, emergent or humanitarian circumstances. Deferred action and parole were not intended to be used to confer a status or offer protection to large groups of illegal aliens, even if the agency claims that they look at each case on a “case-by-case” basis.
While we agree our immigration laws need to be fixed, we are deeply concerned about the potential expansion of deferred action or parole for a large illegal alien population. While deferred action and parole are Executive Branch authorities, they should not be used to circumvent Congress’ constitutional authority to legislate immigration policy, particularly as it relates to the illegal population in the United States.
The Administration would be wise to abandon any plans for deferred action or parole for the illegal population. 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.
We would appreciate receiving a commitment that the Administration has no plans to use either authority to change the current position of a large group of illegal aliens already in the United States, and ask that you respond to us about this matter as soon as possible.

Click here for the PDF.

Update: According to Fox News, Homeland Security Denies Interest in Blanket Amnesty for Illegals

The Department of Homeland Security on Friday denied any plans to grant blanket amnesty to the “entire illegal immigrant population,” following claims from senators and others that the Obama administration has been holding behind-the-scenes talks to craft a gameplan for mass legalization.

The concern is that DHS, in a bid to bypass Congress, would extend what is known as deferred action or parole — actions usually taken on a case-by-case basis — to millions of illegal immigrants at once.

The department statement, however, did not address the possibility of giving a selective reprieve to the segment of the population holding expired visas — as opposed to those who crossed illegally. This is something that a former Bush administration official told FoxNews.com could be an option for the administration.

But the statement, while affirming its authority to grant the reprieves “on the merits of cases,” said that authority is applied on a “case-by-case” basis and would not be drastically expanded.

“DHS does not grant deferred action without a review of relevant facts,” the statement said. “To be clear, DHS will not grant deferred action to the nation’s entire illegal immigrant population.”

The Department of Homeland Security expressed the administration’s support for the recently unveiled Senate immigration overhaul, calling it “a step in the right direction.”

But several sources said it was their understanding that the administration has been discussing alternatives to congressional action.

The former Bush official had spoken with at least people involved in the administration talks on the subject and said at the minimum, the administration was “studying legal ways to legalize people without having to go through any congressional debate about it.”

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  • Carroll B. Merriman

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  • Brittanicus

    RED FLAG WARNING TO ALL AMERICANS AND LEGAL RESIDENTS:

    ON MONDAY, a number of Senators led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Sen. Hatch (R-Utah), Vitter (R-La.), Bunning (R-Ky.), Chambliss (R-Ga.), Isaakson (R-Ga.), Inhofe (R-Okla.), Cochran (R-Miss.) demanded answers of a possible plan by the White House to provide an Amnesty to the nation’s estimated 11-18 million illegal aliens through an executive order. The move would take immigration enforcement out of the hands of Congress and place it in the hands of the Executive Branch. Call, Fax, Email or see your Members of Congress at (202) 224-3121 to express your outrage at Pres. Obama’s plan to provide Amnesty through Executive Order. READ THE LETTER SENT TO PRESIDENT OBAMA BY THESE LAWMAKERS AT NumbersUSA. Already over 112.000 faxes have been sent by irate Citizens-legal residents to legislators throughout the country. IF SUCH A TRAVESTY HAPPENED, WITHOUT THE PEOPLES VOICE AND VOTE, THE CONGRESS IMPEACHMENT COULD BE IMPOSED ON ALL INVOLVED?

    Every citizen-resident must realize this also influences–YOU–and your children’s future, wages, culture, language and the deterioration of our most sacred document–the US Constitution. by Leftist extremists. THROW OUT ALL PRO-ILLEGAL ALIEN POLITICIANS? Since when did–MEXICO–or any other foreign country have a right to interfere with the “Rule of Law” in the this United States? How can they even reason of an–AMNESTY, when 15 million Americans and permanent residents are jobless?

    If you want to stop 20 to 30 illegal immigrant invasion, it’s overpopulation potential and reduce the amount of money stolen from your pay check to pay for their welfare, education, health treatment join the growing numbers of NUMBERSUSA. There are billions of dollars going overseas, across the border from those illegally working here–there feeding off us like parasites. Over a million people now realize we must unite to stop this epidemic–JOIN NUMBERSUSA–as a silent activist and remain anonymous, where radical open border zealots cannot torment you with racist slurs.

    Many Americans and legal residents stay in the shadows because of the chance of being verbally or even physically attacked. Have a voice in this travesty of our immigration laws.Learn who your enemies are–the ACLU, US Chamber of Commerce, Council of Foreign Relations. THIS IS CORPORATE WELFARE–WHAT YOU THE TAXPAYER PAYS FOR? Learn the poor immigration grades of pro-amnesty politicians and eject them from office.Throw Harry Reid of Nevada and Madame Clinton, Morton, Holder, Pelosi. out on their backsides. They are anti-sovereignty as many Liberal Democrats, Republicans are? Numbersusa is building an army of anti-illegal immigration advocates and we need your vote, to stop this violations of our freedoms, our right. ONE FLAG, ONE LANGUAGE, AND THE US CONSTITUTION. California–A SANCTUARY STATE- Liberal-Democratic corrupt lawmakers have already sold their state to the illegal immigration occupation, that is why they are 20 billions of dollars in the red and fighting off insolvency?

    Fight for the Arizona policing law and mandate similar for every state, city, town and community in our Union. Ask why only 1200 troops on our border to defend innocent Americans in fighting the drug cartels and other criminals, but will send 17000 national guard for oil cleanup? Ask why only a single border fence and uncompleted. Ask why not the two as planned, complete with razor wire. Fight back against the Instant Citizenship “Anchor Baby” law which has been misinterpreted, from the 19th Century slave emancipation post Civil War law. If they keep to the 14th Amendment as it is, then the child remains a citizen–but the Mother isn’t (nor the Father) One parent–MUST–be a citizen?. If not–They must be deported.

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  • Frank Provasek

    This is yet another fake story planted in the far right media to get everyone upset and harm then Democrats. Even though it’s not true, some will believe that they stopped Obama’s plan, others will think that Obama is lying by saying it’s a fake story. Like trying to answer “did you ever stop beating your wife” there is no way to respond to such dirty tricks. Just like death panels, Pelosi wants a bigger jet, taking God’s name off of coins, condoms for 6 year olds, concentration camps for white people, grab your guns, grab your 401K, etc etc. it’s all designed to make people say “the Democrats are crazy, they have to be stopped!!”