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This is just another example of how the Obama Administration bypasses Congress to enact whatever it damn well pleases:
According to FoxNews.com:
Obama Administration to Review All Deportation Cases, Apply DREAM Act-Style Criteria
Janet Napolitano says that this procedure will "enhance public safety" by focusing deportation efforts on those "who pose a threat."The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would launch a case-by-case review of illegal immigrants slated for deportation, in a move that could grant a reprieve to so-called DREAM Act beneficiaries and thousands of others.The DREAM Act is a proposal in Congress to give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a chance at legal status if they complete two years of college or military service. Though the bill has not passed, supporters and critics alike suggested Thursday's announcement could serve to unilaterally carry out its provisions.A spokeswoman with the Federation for American Immigration Reform described the new policy as "blanket amnesty."
The final paragraph sums it up nicely:
King Obama and his Czars are making Congress more insignificant every day (if that's even possible). Obama is doing a bang up job of accomplishing his plan to "fundamentally transform America". So when I hear people say Obama is failing, I say "no he isn't". He's doing exactly what he set out to do...turn America into a third world nation.But FAIR described the announcement as a complete overhaul of immigration law without approval by Congress."Having failed in the legislative process, the Obama administration has simply decided to usurp Congress's constitutional authority and implement an amnesty program for millions of illegal aliens," FAIR President Dan Stein said. "This step by the White House amounts to a complete abrogation of the president's duty to enforce the laws of the land and a huge breach of the public trust. ... In essence, the administration has declared that U.S. immigration is now virtually unlimited to anyone willing to try to enter -- and only those who commit violent felonies after arrival are subject to enforcement."
Immigration Activists Celebrate Obama Amnesty Order
“The administration’s announcement also had an immediate impact on a case in Denver, where an immigration judge on Friday postponed the deportation of Sujey Pando, a lesbian from Mexico legally married in Iowa to an American from Colorado, Violeta Pando. Although federal law does not recognize same-sex marriages, administration officials said they would consider same-sex spouses as ‘family’ in their review of deportation cases.”
-- Passage from New York Times article “U.S. Issues New Deportation Policy’s First Reprieves.”
Proponents of amnesty for illegal immigrants are cheering the move by the Obama administration to explicitly shield preferred illegals from deportation.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have always prioritized deportation cases, giving first priority to bad actors and shuffling downward those who are otherwise abiding by American laws.
The administration has defended the move on the grounds that they have to focus on violent offenders and dangerous criminals. But that’s what the existing rules did. The new policy now in place doesn’t focus on kicking out the bad guys, but instead setting the criteria for which illegals are to be left alone. While the DREAM Act would have provided amnesty for those here illegally who are enrolled in college or serving in the military, the new rules are in many ways broader.
Illegal immigrants who are part of same-sex couples, relatives of citizens, students and many others have been exempted from deportation. Most of these folks wouldn’t have been deported before (Power Play observes that illegals who lead marches and give interviews to the New York Times must have had little fear of deportation to begin with) but now they have a explicit amnesty.
The White House, knowing the capacity for outrage at the exercise of broad executive power on such a controversial subject, rolled out the new policy in stages, revealing the final parameters on a Friday afternoon as the president was leaving town for 10 days.
But activists are starting to catch on to the scope of their victory. Republican lawmakers, too, have started to see how big a deal this is.
ACT NOW: Stop Obama Amnesty for Millions of Illegal Aliens (Call Reps and GOP Candidates)
Stand With Arizona ^ | 08-20-2011 | John Hill
|PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS IMMEDIATELY:|
|(1) Call Your Representative Now: |
* Find your elected officials HERE
Congress is on August break so use the "Local" or "District" offices, and MELT THE PHONE LINES!
DEMAND Your Reps publicly oppose the Obama amnesty plan IMMEDIATELY.
|(2) Contact Reps. By E-Mail message: |
* Direct contact your House Rep. HEREDEMAND Your Reps publicly oppose the Obama amnesty plan IMMEDIATELY.
|(3) By Social Media: Go to SWA's Facebook Page and Share this link to everyone you know. On Twitter, share this link and use the hashtag "#noamnesty" in your tweet.|
|(4) Contact Each Republican Presidential Candidate |
DEMAND they denounce the Obama Amnesty and make this issue front and center to their campaign, or lose your support.
By our reckoning, NO candidate has yet made a statement on this disgraceful action, even though AZ Gov. Jan Brewer reacted within hours. (Email links below)
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