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AG Lynch: Blanket Pardon for Dreamers Not Possible

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By    |   Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 04:31 PM

A blanket pardon for "Dreamers," those brought illegally into the United States by their parents or others when they were children, is not possible, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday.

Similarly, it would not be possible to give a blanket pardon to any group, including those guilty of drug offenses since pardons or clemency can be granted only on a case-by-case basis, Lynch said during a Politico Playbook breakfast.

"There's no legal framework or regulatory framework that allows for a pardon of a group en masse," the attorney general said, instead calling on Americans to keep up the fight of President Barack Obama's administration to protect Dreamers. Doing so, she said, would be "consistent with the ideals of this country."

The DREAM Act, standing for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, was first introduced in Congress in 2001, but has failed to pass in several efforts over the past decade and a half.

Obama instead announced in 2012 his administration would stop deporting any illegal immigrants who met the DREAM Act's standards, which include arriving before age 16, have lived in the United States at least 5 years and be of good moral character.

The election of Republican Donald Trump to succeed Obama has left many Dreamers and their supporters fearful they would be deported under Trump's campaign promise to build a border wall and deport illegal immigrants.

But he has said he is concerned more with those committing crimes. Earlier this month, he said he would "work something out that's going to make people happy and proud.

"They got brought here at a very young age," he told Time magazine when they named its Person of the Year. "They've worked here. They've gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they're in never-never land, because they don't know what's going to happen."

When Lynch was asked at the Politico even whether a blanket clemency would be possible for drug offenders, she said the situation was the same as that for Dreamers.

"We obviously have been doing a great deal of work on the president's clemency initiative for several years now, and [I'm] very, very gratified [he] has taken the recommendation of the Department of Justice, although I will tell you he reviews every file himself. These are very individual decisions, she said. "When you're talking about clemency, the same as with pardons, it's a very individualized decision. I think it would be hard to craft a system for a blanket commutation of a class of people."

But Politico noted that such a blanket pardon is not without precedent. On his first day in office in 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned all the men who had dodged the draft during the Vietnam War.

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A blanket pardon for "Dreamers," those brought illegally into the United States by their parents or others when they were children, is not possible, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday.
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