Obama Amnesty Another End-Around Of Congress
If A Man Sneaks Into Your Home He Is A Burglar,
-- Not An ‘Undocumented Tenant’ Who’s Allowed To Stay There!
By Dell Hill
is the story of Leonor Ferreyra-Garcia, a 36 year old mother of three
and the wife of a recently deported illegal immigrant. Mrs.
Ferreyra-Garcia lives in Akron, Ohio and has lived in the United States
for 18 years. Her husband had lived and worked in this country -
illegally - for 22 years before he was deported to Mexico in July. I’ve
found no information as to why he was deported, but given the current
political mindset of deporting only those with a criminal record, it
would seem reasonable to think the man committed some act that breached
the government’s “line” which separates the “good illegal immigrants”
from the bad.
Ferreyra-Garcia - who is probably an illegal immigrant herself - has
retained a Cleveland, Ohio attorney who specializes in immigration cases
and is fighting her own deportation order. Her case is currently
pending in court.
children don't want to go back to Mexico," said Ferreyra-Garcia. They
don't know the country, and I don't want them to see the murder and
of Mrs. Ferreyra-Garcia’s worries will undoubtedly disappear very soon -
along with the similar worries of millions like her. Her attorney only
needs to postpone the proceedings in her case long enough for a new
federal test program to go into affect.
“The Obama administration
will review immigration cases in Baltimore and Denver with an eye
toward freezing deportations of illegal residents who have no criminal
records and expanding the program nationwide.
elderly, children who have been in the country more than five years,
students who came to the U.S. under the age of 16 and are enrolled in a
college degree program, and victims of domestic violence are among those
whose deportations could be put on hold under the test program, which
begins Dec. 4 and could be broadened in January.
officials say the goal is to focus enforcement on deporting people who
have committed crimes. But the effort also has a political context.
Obama has been criticized by Latino activists for deporting a record
number of illegal immigrants even as the president has publicly called
for reforms. With Congress unwilling to approve immigration
legislation, administration officials have been looking for actions they
can take on their own.
There are more than 300,000 pending immigration cases in 59 courts across the country. The
new program could halt removal proceedings for thousands of immigrants
who have no criminal records, have not previously been deported, and
have never lied on an official form. Fewer than 20% of the cases in
immigration courts involve people with criminal records beyond
immigration violations, according to the Transactional Records Access
Clearinghouse, a research group based at Syracuse University.
lawmakers criticized the effort. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) called the
review a "backdoor amnesty" that would allow illegal immigrants to stay
in the country and take jobs from U.S. citizens.
million Americans who are unemployed or can't find full-time work must
wonder why this administration puts illegal immigrants ahead of them,"
Smith said in a statement.
directive, sent out Thursday, stopped short of calling for low-priority
cases to be terminated. Instead, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
attorneys are instructed to request "administrative closure," a process
that puts a hold on proceedings but gives the government the right to
reactivate a case.
is better than putting out a mother of four U.S. children and spending
money on deporting people who pose no harm to the country," said David
Leopold, a Cleveland attorney and past president of the American
Immigration Lawyers Assn. "I'll take it."
Obama administration deported 396,906 people from October 2010 through
September of this year, and more than half had criminal convictions.
The annual total was about 4,000 more deportations than the record set
the previous year.
you go into Latino communities across the country, people see the
disconnect. This is a candidate who [Latinos] voted for, for many
reasons, including his promise of immigration reform, and now his
deportation rates exceed that of any prior president," said Joanne Lin,
legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington.
administration officials say there is no conflict between supporting a
path to legal status for some illegal immigrants and stepping up
deportations of those convicted of serious crimes. Obama has supported
the DREAM Act,
which would give legal status to members of the military and students
who came to the country illegally at a young age. But the proposed
legislation has repeatedly failed in Congress.
surprisingly, our policies have been simultaneously described as
engaging in a mean-spirited effort to blindly deport record numbers of
illegal immigrants from the country and, alternatively, as comprehensive
amnesty that ignores our responsibility to enforce the immigration
Two opposites can't simultaneously be true," said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in a speech last month.
review aims to align the deportation cases the government pursues with
changes to the process that Homeland Security put in place over the
June 17 memorandum gave prosecutors more discretion over whether to
pursue deportations of illegal immigrants who pose no threat to public
safety. The memo offered general guidelines — some argued it was too
vague to be useful to field agents — but Immigration and Customs
Enforcement has begun to roll out a training program to instruct agents
on how to apply the criteria.”
net affect, of course, is that a political candidate promised his
constituents that he would do something that he couldn’t do...at least
not legally or constitutionally. So, he drew upon power that’s
constitutionally reserved for the congress and did it anyway! It’s
called “back door amnesty” and it begins by an oath-defying refusal to
enforce existing law.
test case program is just one more way that power has been wrested from
the people and secured by one person - the President of the United
system of checks and balances is gone...over...finished...done. At
least until January, 2013 when perhaps a President who honors the
Constitution and takes the oath of office as a sacred oath, is
have one exit question: If Mrs. Ferreyra-Garcia’s husband lived here
for 22 years, why did he not go through the application process and
become a legal citizen of the United States? If Mrs. Ferreyra-Garcia
lived here for 18 years, why did she not apply to become a legal citizen
of this country?
United States has welcomed immigrants with open arms for over 200
years. We are, after all, a nation of immigrants. We are also a nation
of laws and ALL of us are required to abide by those laws or risk the
citizenship process is available to everyone who comes to this country
and decides to live and work here. The refusal to apply should never be
overlooked and we should never simply excuse that refusal for those
knowingly violating the law.