On July 23rd, Mexico’s 50 Consular offices across the U.S. held national DREAMer Day events in preparation for the Obama Administration’s Executive Amnesty. The events, held in partnership with the pro-illegal alien group United We Dream, are part of an ongoing effort to ensure that Mexican-born individuals have the information and documentation necessary to apply for the amnesty.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said this week that the Obama Administration's termination of the county's 287(g) agreement combined with its new policy to grant amnesty to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria is resulting in what he calls a "roadside amnesty" in his county. Under the new conditions, county officers can no longer apprehend illegal aliens they lawfully come in contact with, but instead must call Immigration and Customs Enforcement and ask if the agency wants to take action.
Roy Beck is founder and president of Numbers USA. He says it is unfortunate that Mitt Romney's response to Obama's move was somewhat tepid.
"He made it clear this is the wrong thing to do," he remarks. "[But] I don't think he came out nearly strong enough to say it's basically an illegal thing to do."
Beck says Romney is willing to consider an amnesty, but only with strict conditions.
House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith has sent two letters - one to Pres. Barack Obama and another to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas - asking for answers to several questions regarding last week's policy announcement. Pres. Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security will begin using deferred action to adjust the status and extend work permits to illegal aliens who would qualify under the provisions of the DREAM Act. The Pew Hispanic Research Center estimates that the policy could provide an amnesty for at least 1.4 million individuals.
Twenty GOP Senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, have sent a letter to Pres. Barack Obama looking for answers to several pressing questions regarding the administration's new plan to offer an ExecutiveAmnesty to certain illegal aliens. Last Friday, Pres. Obama announced that his administration would amnesty illegal aliens aged 30 or younger who attend school or have been honorably discharged from the military using deferred action and/or prosecutorial discretion.
by Mandalit del Barco in KQED Radio
By Cindy Gonzalez in Omaha World Herald
HORSLEY: While the administration argues this is not a blanket policy and that cases will still be reviewed one my one, the White House says the move could help as many as 800,000 illegal immigrants. Independent estimates say the number could be even higher. That alarms Roy Beck, an outspoken critic of illegal immigration, who heads the group Numbers U.S.A.
ROY BECK: Is there anybody in America who believes that the 20 million unemployed or underemployed Americans need more competition?
President Obama thwarted the will of Congress and shunned the 20 million under-employed and unemployed Americans by announcing he will grant work permits to 2 million to 3 million illegal immigrants.This appears to be an unconstitutional fiat that not only usurps congressional authority to set immigration policy but directly contradicts what Congress has already decided on three separate occasions.
A recent study conducted by Syracuse University has found that the Obama Administration's prosecutorial discretion policy has resulted in 33% fewer deportations. The policy prioritizes deportation cases. Critics of the policy, including House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, have called it a "backdoor amnesty."
In a radio interview on Thursday with Univision, Pres. Obama pledged to get an amnesty bill done while president. During the 2008 elections, Pres. Obama campaigned to pass comprehensive immigration reform in his first year of office, but despite overwhelming Democrat control in both the House and Senate, other legislative priorities took priority. Then during the 2010 Lame Duck session, the Administration tried to push through the DREAM Act, but the bill was met with bipartisan resistance in the Senate.
A Google-sponsored town hall event with President Obama Monday evening quickly turned to immigration issues.In the most publicized moment of the event, a woman from Texas asked Pres. Obama why he supported importing more high-tech foreign workers when her husband, who is a semiconductor engineer, has been unemployed for the past three years. Pres. Obama's only response was to pander to the high-tech lobby.
House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) wrote an op-ed that calls the Obama Administration's record number of deportations in 2011 a "trick". Two weeks ago, the Administration said it deported a record number of illegal aliens last year, totaling almost 400,000 deportations, but Rep. Smith said the are "using smoke and mirrors to achieve its so-called historic record."
The federal government asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday to halt the Alabama immigration law. A federal judge earlier upheld two key provisions in the law that allow authorities to question people suspected of being in the country illegally and hold them without bond, and let officials check the immigration status of students in public schools. The measure has already had an immediate impact.
The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security hosted a hearing Tuesday morning titled, “Does Administrative Amnesty Harm our Efforts to Gain and Maintain Operational Control of the Border?” While Members stuck mostly to their traditional talking points, the hearing did shed some light on Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's HALT Act, which out prohibit the Administration from offering an Administrative Amnesty. Democrats on the Subcommittee discussed the costs associated with deportations, while Republicans questioned DHS officials on the logic of allowing illegal aliens in custody go free.
A recent Politico story reveals how the 2012 Obama re-election team plans to use immigration as a wedge issue during next year’s presidential campaign. According to the article, the team is using results from a June Gallup poll that shows that the majority of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11-18 million illegal aliens. But the re-election team is ignoring a major flaw in the poll question.
The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) released a statement early last week voicing their opposition to President Obama's plan to individually review the deportation cases of 300,000 illegal aliens. The plan will permit hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens to remain in the U.S. despite their involvement in deportation proceedings.
Three years into a jobs Depression the Obama Administration again turned its back on unemployed Americans. The Department of Homeland Security announced it will individually review the 300,000 cases of illegal aliens currently holding deportation orders in an effort to appease his pro-amnesty critics. With this move illegal aliens will become eligible to receive work permits and compete with 22 million Americans who can't find a full-time job.
Appearing on a San Antonio radio station, House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith made clear what he thinks of the Obama Administration's new policy to prioritize deportation cases, allowing non-criminal illegal aliens to stay in the country and apply for work permits. Rep. Smith called the policy an "amnesty" and said the new actions will supercede court orders.
The Obama administration quietly dropped a bombshell late last week when it announced that it would be granting work permits to as many as 300,000 illegal workers currently in deportation proceedings. The mainstream media has marginalized this very important story, especially overlooking the adverse impact the work permits will have on 22 million Americans who want a full-time job but can't find one. The press continues to ignore the fact that the federal government imports more legal foreign workers every month than it creates jobs. Nor does the media question what Obama's work-permits-for-illegal- workers means for suffering unemployed Americans.
The U.S. Justice Department, on behalf of itself, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and with consultation with the Department of Education, have filed a lawsuit in Alabama federal court challenging the state's efforts to enforce immigration laws. The lawsuit seeks an injunction before the law goes into effect on September 1 and states that the Alabama law undermines federal enforcement efforts of immigration laws.
This is in response to "The HALT Act; It's a game of gotcha" (Editorial, July 23). What really needs to be stopped is the Obama administration's attempt to implement a back-door amnesty.
House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) have introduced the Hinder the Administration's Legalization Temptation (HALT) Act to prevent the abuse of the Administration's authority over immigration enforcement. The Administration has discussed ways it can halt deportation of illegal aliens through the use of mass parole and/or deferred action.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Pres. Obama declined to comment on a question asking him if he would veto a clean E-Verify bill. During his time in the White House, Pres. Obama has maintained that we would veto any immigration enforcement legislation that did not provide an amnesty to illegal aliens. Some Democrat lawmakers have said that they would offer the DREAM Act as an amendment to Rep. Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2164).
House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith is finalizing legislation that would prevent the Obama Administration from offering amnesty to millions of illegal aliens through deferred action or parole. The notion of an administrative amnesty first surfaced through leaked internal memos last year, but a new memo from ICE Director John Morton telling his field staff to use prosecutorial discretion while enforcing federal immigration laws.
According to Judicial Watch, federal funding for the National Council of La Raza has doubled in the years since Pres. Barack Obama appointed former NCLR Vice President Cecilia Munoz as White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Since joining the Administration in 2009, La Raza's funding has increased from $4 million to $11.1 million, mostly coming from the Labor Department headed by former California Congresswoman and amnesty supporter Hilda Solis.
A new report from the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University has some discouraging news for young Americans graduating from college this spring. But instead of trying to help recent college graduates find work, Pres. Obama proposes flooding the job market with more foreign workers.
Despite Pres. Obama's claim last week that our nation's borders are secure, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has asked Congress for $30 million to keep 1,200 National Guard troops on the border. The troops were first assigned to the border last year at Pres. Obama's direction.
A new poll conducted by Rasmussen in the days following Pres. Barack Obama's immigration speech in El Paso, Texas last week finds that the overwhelming majority of Americans disagree with the President's assessment of our Southwest border with Mexico. 64% of likely voters said the border is not secure, while only 30% feel that the border is somewhat secure.
In advance of this afternoon's immigration speech by Pres. Obama in El Paso, Texas, House Judiciary Chairman offered a reminder to Americans that according to a recent Government Accountability Office study, the Department of Homeland Security only has 44% operational control of the Southwest border with Mexico.
Still, advocates on both sides of the immigration debate agree the National Guard mission has been success and should continue at least for the short term.
By Alister Bull -- Reuters
Last year Congress passed a bill boosting the number of U.S. Border Patrol agents, but the 10 Republicans, all members of the Homeland Security Committee, said the new agents have not been fully hired and trained yet, so the National Guard troops should remain.
Judicial Watch has filed two Freedom of Information lawsuits against the Department of Homeland Security regarding memos that surfaced last year detailing ways the Obama Administration could provide a mass amnesty without Congressional action. Judicial Watch requested information last year through the Freedom of Information Act, but the Department has failed to cooperate.
The president said deportation of criminals is up 70%, while deportation of non-criminals is down.
By JACKIE CALMES -- New York Times
"Pres. Obama spent most of the speech talking about preventing U.S. jobs from going overseas to be done by foreign workers there, and then incongruously argued for increasing the number of foreign workers to take the scarce jobs we keep in the U.S," he said.
The White House is reaching out to fence-sitting Republican Senators trying to earn their vote on the DREAM Act. A new report from the National Journal says that members of the President's cabinet are targeting Sens. Collins and Snowe from Maine, Sen. LeMieux of Florida, and Sen. Hutchison of Texas. Call the Capitol Switchboard NOW and urge these Senators and your Members of Congress to oppose the DREAM Act amnesty -- 202-221-3121.