Amnesty by Any Means

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The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) issued a new report that traces the evolution of the Obama Administration’s policy with regard to the immigration issue.

The report highlights that even as it boasts of ‘record levels’ of deportations, the Obama administration continues to seek de facto amnesty for illegal immigrants through executive action, thus ignoring congressional opposition. Parts of this strategy of administrative amnesty have been explored before, including in recent hearings before the House and Senate, but it has not been analyzed as a whole.

To that end, CIS analyzes the four leaked Department of Homeland Security memos that shed light on the evolution of this strategy. In ‘Amnesty by Any Means: Memos Trace Evolution of Obama Administration Policy,’ the Center’s National Security Policy Director, Janice Kephart, closely analyzes the four memos and shows the following:

  • The objective of the administration is to “reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization,” a policy laid out in June 2010 by Department of Homeland Security headquarters staff.
  • Nearly a year later, the means to achieve this goal evolved into the June 2011 “prosecutorial discretion” memo, in which Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton effectively told field agents to not enforce the law.
  • The White House embraced this memo and made it presidential policy in August 2011, making President Obama clearly responsible for the policy of minimizing immigration law enforcement to achieve amnesty without congressional support or approval.
  • The promotion of E-Verify, the successful worker authorization program, by the White House and Department of Homeland Security is set out in these memos as a ploy to distract voters from a series of administrative measures aimed at achieving amnesty, while ensuring a perception that the administration favors immigration law enforcement.

The report is available online here.

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  1. avatar

    We the american people need to vote out everyone who does not vote to impeach Obama. He took an oath to inforce the laws of this country. Our senators and reps. toke an oath and so far none have enough backbone to bring this before congress [ Afraid of loseing votes] They have lost mine. They need out also. When will the people wake up and force our congress take a stand. CALL AND FAX YOUR SENATORS AND REPS.

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    Now we all know what he is doing. How can he possibly run for reelection. None of these behind-the-scenes amnesties is creating any legal resident voters. Do we need international election monitors to ensure they don’t illegally vote for their benefactor? WHAT A BUNCH OF FRAUDS!!!

  3. avatar

    OBAMA’S VISION OF AMERICA:

    BANKSTER RULED LAND OF OPEN BORDERS. AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS IS GUTTED FROM THE LOOTING OF BANKSTERS AND THE LA RAZA WELFARE STATE!

    POSTED! No Legal Need Apply!

    FROM THE BLOG EMAIL ARTICLES ON THE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF THE MEXICAN INVASION, OCCUPATION AND EVER GROWING WELFARE STATE, AND THE RISE OF LA RAZA SUPREMACY:
    Go to http://www.MEXICANOCCUPATION.blogspot.com

    WIKILEAKS EXPOSES OBAMA’S AGENDA OF OPEN BORDERS WITH NARCOMEX

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/05/wikileaks-exposed-obamas-la-raza-open.html
    *
    OBAMA’S HISPANICIZATION OF AMERICA FOR THE LA RAZA VOTE:
    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/05/obamas-hispanicazation-of-america-push.html
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    OBAMA’S LA RAZA SUPREMACIST INFESTED ADMINISTRATION

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/06/obamas-administration-infested-with.html

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    The American people have been asleep at the wheel for too long, and now it is essentially too late. Such decisions involving the de facto amnesty of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, many of whom are felons, is a top-down decision, just as the implementation of the clandestine “Fast and Furious” operation was made at the highest levels of government. The purpose is simple: decimate the industrial base of the USA; implement a see-nothing/do-nothing policy with respect to open, penetrable borders; and allow gang violence and chaos to flourish in all major American cities. THEN AND ONLY THEN will the people of the country come screaming for total government control in the form of the New World Order. The American people simply cannot understand the dangers of long-term policy making and hence cannot believe in its existence. These are executive orders and there is essentially nothing the American people will be able to do about it. The future is clear: a unified North American Union, with living standards on a par with those in Tijuana; no industrial base; and an elite, hermetically secured class of officials in absolute control at the top.
    There is no way to escape this fate now because the sheeple continue to turn a blind eye. Sic transit gloria!

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    The people entrusted to uphold our laws simply do whatever they please. What’s next? Maybe they can stop arresting people for crimes and claim it is just too expensive to incarcerate them. Maybe they can also claim it is a racist act to arrest them since most criminal are minorities. Obama can give a press conference and smile real big and all the idiots will believe him.

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    obama is a damn disgrace. Need I say more? We have to get him out of office! I’m not a republican, but I will be voting for one this election and pray to God if one is elected, he will get our immigration laws ENFORCED! When is enough enough? The illegal aliens who don’t have our jobs are using this country as a welfare country with their anchor babies, (illegal alien children). This has to stop!

    http://www.irishcentral.com/story/news/from-the-right/57-of-immigrants-in-america-are-on-public-assistance-128359273.html

    http://www.newsmax.com/JamesWalsh/Illegal-Aliens-IRS-Tax/2011/09/23/id/412134

    http://www.lvrj.com/news/more-illegal-immigrants-getting-emergency-treatment-at-umc-82579442.html

    ANy questions?