Skip to comments.White House loosens border rules for 2012
Posted on 06/21/2011 3:20:41 AM PDT by markomalley
President Barack Obamas administration is quietly offering a quasi-amnesty for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, while aiming to win reelection by mobilizing a wave of new Hispanic voters, say supporters of stronger immigration law enforcement.
The new rules were quietly announced Friday with a new memo from top officials at the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. The prosecutorial discretion memo says officials need not enforce immigration laws if illegal immigrants are enrolled in an education center or if their relatives have volunteered for the US military.
Theyre pushing the [immigration] agents to be even more lax, to go further in not enforcing the law, said Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state. At a time when millions of Americans are unemployed and looking for work, this is more bad news coming from the Obama administration [if the administration] really cared about putting Americans back to work, it would be vigorously enforcing the law, said Kobach, who has helped legislators in several states draft local immigration-related laws.
We think it is an excellent step, said Laura Vasquez, at the Hispanic-advocacy group, La Raza, which pushed for the policies, and which is working with other groups to register Hispanics to vote in 2012. Whats very important is how the prosecutorial discretion memo is implemented on the streets, she said.
The Hispanic vote could be crucial in the 2012 election, because the Obama campaign hopes to offset its declining poll ratings by registering new Hispanic voters in crucial swing states, such as Virginia and North Carolina.
To boost the Hispanic vote, the administration has enlisted support from Hispanic media figures, appointed an experienced Hispanic political operative to run the political side of the Obama reelection campaign, and has maintained close ties to Hispanic advocacy groups, including La Raza. For example, La Razas former senior vice president and lobbyist, Cecilia Munoz, was hired by the Obama administration as director of intergovernmental affairs in 2009.
On Friday, officials at ICE announced several new administrative changes to immigration enforcement.
The primary document was the six-page prosecutorial discretion memo, which provided new reasons for officials to not deport illegal immigrants.
When weighing whether an exercise of prosecutorial discretion may be warranted for a given alien, ICE officials, agents and attorneys should consider all relevant factors, including, but not limited to the circumstances of the persons arrival in the United States particularly if the alien came to the United States as a young child; the Persons pursuit of education .. whether the person, or the persons immediate relative, has served in the U.S. military, said the memo.
The factors are extremely broad and very troubling [it] look like a stealth DREAM Act enforcement through non-enforcement, said Kobach.
The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act has been repeatedly rejected by Congress from 2001 to 2010. The deliberate non-enforcement of our immigration laws in this administration certainly seems politically motivated, said Kobach, adding how exactly they expect to win votes by doing this is beyond me.
In practice, the new memo wont make much of a difference because ICE isnt deporting people now, said Jessica Vaughan, an analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies. While pleading limited resources, they only [deport] individuals with criminal charges, such as felonies or several misdemeanors, she said.
There are roughly 10 million illegal immigrants in the United States, of which roughly 7 million are working. Business and Democrat-allied advocacy groups have stoutly opposed federal and state efforts to identify and deport the immigrants, but public opposition has repeatedly stopped proposals including the Obama-backed DREAM Act to provide the illegal immigrants with amnesties and residency permits.
On Friday, officials also announced a new advisory panel intended to implement policies stopping the [deportation and] removal of individuals charged with, but not convicted of, minor traffic offenses who have no other criminal history or egregious immigration violations.
Advocates for illegal immigrants have long argued that police should not deport illegal immigrants who are identified following a traffic violation. It is not a crime to be be here illegally, claimed B. Loewe, a spokesman for the National Day Laborers Organizing Network. Local law-enforcement enforcing immigration laws is a bad idea.
It is a misperception that local police are going out to pull people who look like immigrants on trumped-up traffic violations, countered Vaughan. Theyre not removing people who made a right turn on red light without stopping, because you dont get arrested for that.
The agency also announced new training policies for immigration officials, a new policy to shield illegal immigrants from deportation if they seek police protection during a domestic violence episode, and a new form to be given to detained immigrants which tells them they cant be detained for more than 48 hours by state officials.
These announcements are solutions in search of a problem, said Vaughan. For example, illegal immigrants who successfully show they are domestic violence victims already can get a U Visa under an established law, she said. This is absolutely unheard of for a law enforcement agency to be told to practically apologize for doing its job of enforcing the law, she said.
Immigrant advocacy groups said they want to get more from the administration. Were continuing to work with the administration for them to show strong leadership and advancing immigration reform, said Vasquez. We think there are further steps the administration can take. For example, the administration should allow people to stay in the United States while their immigration cases are settled, she said.
The administration should end the Secure Communities program, which allows state and local police to detain illegals for subsequent deportation by federal authorities, said Loewe. Secure Communities is an experiment they unleashed on the public without any safeguards or regulations local law-enforcement of immigration laws is a bad idea, he said.
Tougher enforcement of immigration laws shouldnt be used to combat high unemployment among poor Americans, he said. Instead, the government should start a major spending program to build schools and libraries, and levy taxes on major corporations. When were talking about a drain on the economy, he said, we should look at the corporations that refuse to pay back their due.
But the overall goal of the new memos is victory in the 2012 election, not law enforcement, said Vaughan. It is kabuki theater designed [by the administration] to send a signal to these groups that they are taking their concerns very seriously.
Latino voters are very engaged and watching carefully what is happening with immigration policies, said Vasquez, because theyre deeply effected by it, either because they know someone impacted by it, or themselves are impacted by it.
The few Hispanic people I know, who came here legally, are completely against amnesty, etc. They worked hard for a better life and think others should as well
IMHO, they seem more conservative than most & I applaud them.
Why are we paying Congress??
Obama is ruling us with regulations and memo’s and special Executive orders.
We don’t need the Congress to confirm Obama appointments, he just makes a new Czar.
We don’t need Congress to pass Capo & Trade. Obama just get the EPA.
We don’t need Congress to pass the Dream act, Obama just writes a memo.
We don’t need Congress to pass a Budget, Obama just spends what he likes.
We don’t need Congress to give money to foreign countries, Obama just writes a check for 20 billion to the Arab Spring.
We dont need Congress to go to war, Obama just bombs anyone he likes or send in the drones.
What are we paying all those worthless political whores on the Hill for? We have the Emperor Obama.
wtf? corporations haven't paid their due? what about illegals that haven't paid anything?? and yet we're suppose to let more in... while pushing up more taxes??
as citizens, we have 3 forms of influence on the government that actually have impact.
1. demonstrations & voting
in a system rife with corruption to the point that IDs cannot be verified to insure the person voting hasn't voted 30 times that day, voting and demonstrations hold very little sway. blogs hold even less.
2. tax money
in a system where the fedgov prints more physical cash when it wants or just charges up the debt, your tax dollars have little impact. consider going Galt (stop working/paying in). would the fedgov care? no. in fact, it helps the dems as the fedgov receives less tax money and they will NOT slow their spending, driving the debt higher to the point of breaking.
3. the 2nd amendment
it's what the citizenry has left when the fedgov is out of control. how effective it is depends on the hearts & minds of the population and those serving the fedgov.
if there are other alternatives, i'd love to hear them.
Hello...Congress??...Any one home and paying attention???
#^%@&>$^!!! bleep, bleep, bleep
They don't care. What's important to them is that they control the territory and they don't have to obey gringo laws.
Get it? They consider themselves a nation - unlike the now lost and nationless white Anglo-Saxons, who think that group identification (um, "nationality") is thought-crime.
And balkanization "by and by"? What do you think we're living now?
The Goths who destroyed Rome wanted land and to be Roman.
How can immigrants gain voting status without completing a citizen course and tests?
So how will sap-happy Obama know which of their multiple identities they used to enroll and volunteer? And which of their identities will they use to obtain amnesty?
There is overwhelming proof illegals use multiple identities. Illegal Jose Madrigal, the Washington state rapist, had some 30 identities.
One thing 2008 candidates Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain had in common is that they voted to give retroactive Social Security benefits to illegal aliens who committed document fraud.
Amnesty Will Cost U.S. Taxpayers at Least $2.6 Trillion
Heritage Foundation | June 6, 2007 | Robert Rector
NOTE: Pres Bush had asked the Senate to reconsider S.1348 the defeated Senate amnesty bill. S.1348 would grant amnesty to nearly all illegal immigrants currently in the United States. Overall, the net cost to taxpayers is likely to be at least $2.6 trillion.
Illegal immigrants generally have very low education levels. 61 percent of illegal immigrant adults lack a high school diploma. Illegal immigrants have a poverty level that is roughly twice that of native-born Americans. The Senate's bill would offer amnesty and a path to citizenship to 12 to 12.5 million illegals currently in the U.S. In addition, its lax evidentiary standards would encourage millions more to apply for amnesty fraudulently. Because there is no numeric limit on the number of amnesties that could be granted under the bill, the actual numbers who would receive amnesty under the bill could be far higher. Eligibility for government benefits means that the former illegal immigrant or his family members obtains the same benefits as a U.S. citizen would have.
Children born within the United States to illegal immigrants, including Z visa holders, are potentially eligible for all welfare benefits from the moment of birth through the reat of their lives. In addition, adult Z visa holders and their foreign-born children will be eligible for medical care under the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Program. Z visa holders will be given lawful Social Security numbers which makes them eligible for two refundable tax credits: The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. These credits provides cash welfare assistance...
Irrespective of employment history, amnesty recipients will become eligible for 60 different federal welfare programs five years after receiving legal permanent residence. When the amnesty recipients reach retirement age, total benefits received will OUTSTRIP TAXES PAID BY ROUGHLY SEVEN TO ONE. (Excerpt) Read more at heritage.org
To remain here illegally is a felony
Person must have means to sustain themselves economically
Must not be destined to be a burden on society
Must be of economic and social benefit to society
Must be of good character and have no criminal record.
Must have immigration authority and must have a record
Foreign visitors violating terms of their entry are imprisoned or deported
Those who aid illegal immigration will be sent to prison
These laws are rigorously enforced but not by the cruel Americanos. These are the immigrations laws of our southern neighbor Mexico.
Note that matricula consular cards used in the US are NOT accepted in Mexico---b/c they are easily falsified.
ITEM A federal grand jury Friday indicted four Vallejo women, including a county employee, on charges of bank fraud and identity theft. Among the accused is Jennifer Miller, 43, an accounting supervisor in the Solano County Health and Human Services Department. Miller abused her position to allegedly obtain names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers of Solano County health and social services clients, including food stamp recipients, federal prosecutors said. Miller allegedly provided the stolen identities to accomplices who opened bank accounts in the names of the victims, prosecutors said. (Excerpt) Read more at timesheraldonline.com ...
ITEM They are taking over inner city councils---a wave of latino councilman earmarked tax funds for "immigrant" organizations----organizations that do not exist.
ITEM In another case, latinos were asked to pay up to $2000 to get approved for Section 8 housing subsidies---govt pays 75% of the rent---but the govt does not require payment for this.
ITEM> A latino councilman (whose father is a state Senator) got huge amounts of city and state funds for an organization run by the councilman's wife. She said she provided services to another organization---trouble is the second organization said they never heard of her.
That was in the "good old days" when America was allowed to protect her vital interests from from those who were threats to our national security.
Today, Obama's giving those who would destroy us a gilt-edged pass.
Thank you Liz. I always admire your informative posts and your wit!
You are very welcome.
Well, the white Anglo-Saxons may be the first people who ever thunk themselves into extinction, cultural or otherwise. Will they ever shake off this reasoning or is the condition too strong? We’ll see.
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