DHS To Grant Illegal Aliens â€śUnlawful Presence Waiversâ€ť
Apr 3, 2012In its quest to implement stealth amnesty, the Obama Administration is working behind the scenes to halt the deportation of certain illegal immigrants by granting them â€śunlawful presence waivers.â€ť
The new measure would apply to illegal aliens who are relatives of American citizens. Here is how it would work, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement posted in todayâ€™s Federal Register, the daily journal of the U.S. government; the agency will grant â€śunlawful presence waiversâ€ť to illegal aliens who can prove they have a relative thatâ€™s a U.S. citizen.
Currently such aliens must return to their native country and request a waiver of inadmissibility in an existing overseas immigrant visa process. In other words, they must enter the U.S. legally as thousands of foreigners do on a yearly basis. Besides the obvious security issues, changing this would be like rewarding bad behavior in a child. It doesnâ€™t make sense.
But the system often causes U.S. citizens to be separated for extended periods from their immediate relatives,â€ť according to the DHS. The proposed changes, first announced in January, will significantly reduce the length of time U.S. citizens are separated from their loved ones while required to remain outside the United States during the current visa processing system.
The administration also claims that relaxing the rule will also â€ścreate efficiencies for both the U.S. government and most applicants.â€ť How exactly is not listed in the Federal Register announcement, which gives the public 60 days to comment. Thatâ€™s only a formality since the DHS has indicated that the change is pretty much a done deal.
This appears to be part of the Obama Administrationâ€™s bigger plan to blow off Congress by using its executive powers to grant illegal immigrants backdoor amnesty. The plan has been in the works for years and in 2010 Texasâ€™s largest newspaper published an exposĂ© about a then-secret DHS initiative that systematically cancelled pending deportations. The remarkable program stunned the legal profession and baffled immigration attorneys who said the government bounced their clientsâ€™ deportation even when expulsion was virtually guaranteed.
In late 2011 a mainstream newspaper obtained internal Homeland Security documents outlining â€śsweeping changesâ€ť in immigration enforcement that halt the deportation of illegal aliens with no criminal records. This also includes a nationwide â€śtraining programâ€ť to assure that enforcement agents and prosecuting attorneys donâ€™t remove illegal immigrants who havenâ€™t been convicted of crimes.
Judicial Watch has been a front runner in investigating the Obama Administrationâ€™s stealth amnesty program by pursuing DHS records concerning â€śdeferred actionâ€ť or â€śparoleâ€ť to suspend removal proceedings against a particular group of individuals. Last spring JW sued DHS to obtain information because the agency ignored a federal public records request that dates back to July 2010.
Original Article: Judicial Watch
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