The Obama administration announced Thursday it plans to focus its deportation efforts on more dangerous illegal immigrants.
As part of the policy change, the Department of Homeland Security intends to review the cases of approximately 300,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation orders.
Those without criminal records who are found to be a low priority because they are students, were brought here as children, or have long family ties to the country could be released and granted a work permit.
As administration amends deportation policy, critics call it back-door amnesty for those here illegally.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) responded sharply to today’s White House announcement that it will essentially halt enforcement against illegal aliens who have not been convicted of criminal offenses:
“Today’s move by the Obama administration amounts to an administrative amnesty and a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration policy without approval by Congress, charged FAIR. The announcement was posted on the White House website.
Under the guise of setting priorities for immigration enforcement, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Munoz lays out entire classes of illegal aliens who will no longer be subject to enforcement. The plan entails dropping existing cases and taking “steps to keep low-priority cases out of the deportation pipeline in the first place,” Munoz writes.
“Today’s policy announcement clearly demonstrates the Obama administration’s defiance of both the constitutional separation of powers and the will of the American public in its relentless effort to gain amnesty for illegal aliens,” stated Dan Stein, president of FAIR. “From the outset, the administration has refused to enforce many immigration laws, essentially placing its own political agenda ahead of its constitutional responsibilities to carry out laws enacted by Congress. It has also acted aggressively to prevent state governments from implementing laws aimed at discouraging illegal immigration, including filing lawsuits against Arizona and Alabama.”
President Barack Obama selected Detroit-native Cecilia Muñoz as the White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Cecilia Munoz, the former vice president for policy at the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights organization, describes the national anti-immigration groups as “hate groups.”
Illegal aliens who have not been convicted of criminal offenses should be convicted of being here illegally. A quick look at Title 8, Section 1325 of the U.S. Code shows: Illegal entry into the United States is a misdemeanor on the first offense, and a felony afterward.
The announcement seemingly comes in response to growing demands from illegal alien advocates that the administration exercise broad discretionary powers not to enforce laws against entire classes of people who are in the country illegally. “In spite of repeated statements from President Obama himself that he lacks the constitutional authority to implement an amnesty by executive fiat, the administration is now doing precisely that,” said Stein.
“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. Never, in the history of federal immigration enforcement, has an administration willfully and so egregiously usurped Congress’s and the people’s role to decide immigration issues. 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. This is not the nation’s immigration law,” concluded Stein.