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Court Order Stops Obama's Amnesty Push

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On Feb. 16, Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen of the Brownsville Division, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas ruled in favor of the State of Texas and 25 other states challenging Obama’s immigration executive orders. One basis for the Judge’s 123-page decision was the financial burdens being placed on the plaintiff states and their citizens.

A Rasmussen poll then showed that 43 percent of Democrats surveyed want Obama to ignore the court’s decision. President Obama countered saying that the law must be obeyed and take its legal course. Yet several days later, his administration announced it was filing for an emergency stay of the order.

The order had halted all applications for work permits, entitlements, drivers’ licenses, and legal protections from deportation or other immigration violations. An estimated 90,000 illegal aliens of all ages, together with 270,000 “Dreamers” (undocumented youths now residing in the United States) would have their legalization postponed.

Judge Hanan’s decision also withholds amnesty for another estimated 4 million to 5 million undocumented foreign nationals who have U.S. citizen children.

On Feb. 3, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen acknowledged that “undocumented immigrants” who have been granted amnesty from deportation under President Obama’s executive directives on immigration will be able to receive refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for monies they earned working illegally — off-the-books, nothing withheld.

The IRS also is granting undocumented immigrants benefits via tax credits that U.S. citizens are not eligible to receive. Koskinen then opined that tax refunds for U.S. citizens and non-citizens alike may be delayed due to budget cuts.

Tax credits are another entitlement that the Obama administration believes undocumented immigrants are entitled to receive. These tax credits will be in addition to free education, health care, housing, income benefits, and food.

One need only look at the various plans for undocumented immigrants set forth by the following federal agencies to assure that undocumented immigrants enjoy a middle-class life style: Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Internal Revenue Service, Labor, Social Security Administration, and Treasury.

Based on past experiences, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials realize that the possibility of immigration fraud is high, although DHS political appointees choose to ignore it. Apparently several DHS branches are ignoring Judge Hanen’s order, including the U.S. Border Patrol. These branches follow DHS Secretary Johnson’s view that the Judge’s order is narrow.


The Border Patrol follows Secretary Johnson’s directives concerning apprehension, detention, and removal of undocumented immigrants. These directives require all DHS officials to use “prosecutorial discretion” and “deferred deportation” according to DHS Operating Instructions requiring the Border Patrol to “ease” the entry of illegal aliens into the country.

Meanwhile, a Washington Post article of Feb. 20 states that DHS morale is the lowest of any large federal agency. DHS has spent millions of dollars on repeated studies to identify morale problems to no avail. It is clear to many taxpayers DHS managers are political, incompetent, and acting as community organizers.

But for Judge Hanen’s ruling, unknown millions of illegal aliens would be granted amnesty by President Obama’s executive actions. They would then be eligible to collect Social Security and Medicare benefits along with other financial entitlements. With amnesty comes the right to a driver’s license, which is all the identification required to register to vote in most states. Yes, undocumented foreign nationals are voting.

The accuracy of the 11 million illegal alien number that has remained static for the past 8 years is highly unlikely. Consider that an estimated 90,000 illegal minors crossed the Southern border in the first six months of 2014. Since 2007, an estimated 700,000 illegal border-crossers have entered the United States each year.

Democrats contend that only about 300,000 enter each year. In any case, the federal government’s shopworn estimate of 11 million illegal aliens residing in the United States in 2015 is highly suspect. The Obama immigration policies have caused a major divide nationally. Obama has not been the he promised to be.

Obama in campaign mode chooses a gimmick authorizing by bureaucratic fiat “prosecutorial discretion” and “deferred deportation” to legalize millions of people who want citizenship entitlements without playing by the rules to the detriment of those foreign nationals who respect the rules, coming to America legally.

Federal Judge Andrew Hanen’s opinion was one example as 26 states sought to establish that President Obama’s immigration executive actions were unconstitutional, while some 12 other states and the District of Columbia believe Obama’s action for open borders is constitutional and politically correct, the Hanen opinion has temporarily halted Obama’s rush to amnesty and entitlement.

James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.


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While some 12 other states and the District of Columbia believe Obama’s action for open borders is constitutional and politically correct, the Hanen opinion has temporarily halted Obama’s rush to amnesty and entitlement.
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