One Year Later, the 10 “Johnson Memos”

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On November 20, 2014, Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson, at the direction of President Obama, released ten immigration policy memoranda (the “Johnson Memos”) that unilaterally changed U.S. immigration law by executive fiat. Combined, the memos are sweeping in the number of aliens they cover and the relief they provide – spanning from deferral from deportation and work authorization to a pathway to citizenship. They also create special  exceptions for certain workers seeking to enter the United States.

Today marks the one year anniversary of the sweeping executive actions on immigration President Obama announced last November 20th (collectively known as the Johnson Memos). While most people are familiar with DAPA and expanded DACA—and the Texas v. U.S. case challenging them—many of the other memos have received less attention. FAIR’s Government Relations team has issued a detailed analysis on all 10 Johnson Memos, including the current status of each of them. The report is available here.

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  1. avatar Kyle says:

    And when you thought it couldn’t get any worse than when Barack appointed Janet Naphead as the Sec. of DH(IN)S, along comes Jeh Duh!

  2. The Executive Order for Amnesty Lost in Appeals Court too

    Its most likely a “dead duck” now. POTIS isn’t likely going to contradict those decisions.

  3. avatar Leland says:

    In a story about Pew Research’s new study claiming that more Mexicans returned to that country than came here since 2009, there was this line: “The conclusions are based on government data here and in Mexico”.

    Got that? It’s relying on “data” from Mexico, the country that is interested in keeping an open border, for the contention that a million Mexicans have returned there. I wouldn’t trust the Mexican government one iota. This is the same corrupt government that has been unable to solve the disappearance of 43 college students over a year ago. Obviously a lot of people were involved in their murder.

    The “study” also claims that fewer Mexicans are entering, but they base that on those stopped at the border. Were there actually fewer or fewer stopped? Not to mention, only half crossing the border are Mexican, and half the illegals here simply overstay a visa. No doubt this “study” will be used to claim illegal immigration is no longer a problem, but it’s based on suspect data that can’t be checked and it doesn’t include visa overstays, which we do not deport now.