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Immigration reform by executive fiat

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Last week, Clinton-appointed federal Judge Susan Bolton, at least temporarily, threw out key provisions of Arizona’s new immigration law.

If any additional proof were needed about where Barack Hussein Obama stands on the issue of immigration enforcement and reform, it became crystal clear less than 24 hours after the Judge’s ruling.

Proof came in the form of an astonishing internal memo specifying ways the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) could legalize tens of thousands of illegal immigrants even if Congress fails to pass amnesty.

Some current illegals would be granted status with the USCIS simply by giving them green cards. Yet others would be allowed to evade deportation, possibly indefinitely.

The memo said, "In the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, CIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations."

It was prepared by four senior officials from USCIS for the agency’s director.

Two of the authors are Obama appointees as is the current head, Alejandro N. Mayorkas.

Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) made the 11-page document public and in a public statement said, "This memo gives credence to our concerns that the administration will go to great lengths to circumvent the Congress and unilaterally enact a back door amnesty plan."

Grassley and six other senators sent Barack Obama a letter in June asking him to deny rumors his underlings were contemplating amnesty by executive order.

It would appear there is good reason to believe the rumors were true.

One scheme proposed in the memo was the USCIS could grant "parole in place," which comes with a work permit and the right to apply for a green card, to various illegal immigrants.

Another proposal was to give "deferred action," delaying deportation indefinitely and preserving eligibility to apply for a work permit, to illegal aliens who would have benefitted from the DREAM Act.

You know, the same DREAM Act Congress has repeatedly failed to enact, much as it has shot down broader amnesty proposals.

Finally, the memo’s authors recommend the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could simply stop issuing "notice to appear" letters that begin the deportation process with the only exception being where the illegal alien is found to have "significant negative immigration or criminal history."

Exposure of this memo set off a firestorm of controversy.

The administration was eager to distance itself from the proposals saying something lame like the memo was "just a draft" and "nobody should mistake deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions."

It continued, "To be clear, DHS will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation’s entire illegal immigrant population." Wow, that reassurance certainly does give one a great deal of comfort now doesn’t it?

What it does reinforce is the notion this administration is sadly lacking in enthusiasm for enforcing the immigration laws they are paid to uphold.

It captures the essence of Obama’s approach to immigration enforcement which is sadly lacking in vigor.

Criminal prosecutions of employers knowingly employing illegals are down, worksite raids are down and the DHS official running the Office of Detention and Removal Operations has admitted this administration is, as a matter of policy, trying to avoid arresting illegals.

Unless, of course, doing so would enhance the call for "comprehensive immigration reform."

As amnesty advocates are so fond of reminding everyone, we cannot deport every illegal immigrant in the United States; the main goal is attrition through enforcement or enticing large numbers of illegals to in effect deport themselves.

However, this nice-sounding plan is not working although it does allow Obama to appear tough while actually undermining enforcement efforts.

So, for Barack Hussein Obama, it’s amnesty or bust, and the will of the people and their elected representatives be damned.

After all, he’s got unaccountable federal judges and bureaucrats to aid and abet him.

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