Hispanic “youths” who are in the United States illegally is the nation’s largest and fastest growing illegal alien group. They welcomed Barack Obama’s June 15, 2012, Rose Garden giveaway of 2-year deportation deferments and work permits, based on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano’s memorandum of that morning.
A similar memo was signed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director on June 17, 2011 directing all DHS officials to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to stop deportation proceedings against illegal aliens.
Pure Obama trickery to get the Hispanic vote!
The Obama administration initially told the American citizens that 800,000 illegal alien “youths” would be eligible for deportation deferments. When a Seattle Times article, August 11, 2012, reported estimates by non-governmental groups that 1.39 million to 1.76 million “youths” would be eligible to apply, the Obama administration revised its estimates to 1.76 million.
If past is prologue, then this number will increase substantially, as the government numbers are always inaccurate. The Obama DHS are estimated the taxpayer cost at $585.4 million, but for which number.
On October 24, 2012, Secretary Janet Napolitano reported that 200,000 young illegal immigrants had applied for deferred deportation. However, Hispanic leaders cautioned the young people that many of them may not fit the DHS model and they may be deported.
Many American citizens fear that 1.7 million new “deferment” workers will take new job openings. An October 2012 study claims that two-thirds of American jobs in the past 3½ years, the Obama era, went to legal and illegal immigrants.
Deferred deportation resulting from a unilateral usurpation of power by Obama was another re-election scheme, and is one that will have ripple effect and untold costs for decades to come.
The president had to do something to retain the Hispanic vote that helped elect him in 2008. He failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform as promised. His solution was “deferred deportations” for two years for illegal alien “youths” under 31 years of age who were brought to the United States before their 16th birthday, pay minimal fee, and met other qualifications.
Needing a name for this congressional end run, the Obama administration came up with "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA).
As in all matters dealing with the Obama administration, it is wise to read the fine print, especially for DACA.
1. The 2-year deferments are renewable by presidential edict, but renewing is iffy.
2. Most advocates for the immigrants agree the qualifications apply to a small minority of youths. Fraud by applicants is a very real aspect.
3. The qualifications leave out a large number of “youths” with felony or significant misdemeanor convictions, according to Hispanic leaders.
4. Applicants have to be fingerprinted and these go to ICE database. DHS may deny applications and place applicants into deportation. DHS prosecutors are not obligated to follow memos.
5. Deferment memos are not executive orders and therefore not legally binding. The memo of 6/15/12 reads in part, “DHS cannot provide any assurance that relief will be granted.” This is a signal, buyer beware.
On August 13, 2012, a Houston Chronicle article mentioned a deferred-deportation applicant who is the father of an anchor baby — a child born in the United States to parents residing in the country illegally. How does parentage of a U.S. citizen baby figure into the deferment plan?
On the same date, the Miami Herald featured a young illegal alien who graduated from a Florida law school and passed the Florida Bar examination. His only impediment is that he violated U.S. immigration law. The Florida Bar indicates that his case may be remedied by the president’s deportation deferments.
A Washington Post article of August 14, 2012, on deferred deportations noted, “Obama administration will kick off one of the most sweeping changes in immigration policy in decades . . .” The article described an El Salvadorian father of two illegal alien “youths” who was preparing all the documents and monies needed for his children to apply. Unconcerned about his own illegal status, the father assumes that once his children receive deferments, they will provide him with status relief and a “green card.”
Critics note that U.S. immigration statutes, rather than being the law of the land, are now more akin to Play-doh — to be twisted any way the Obama administration pleases.
The president cuckolded American citizens on Obamacare, the stimulus legislation, the Keystone pipeline, the Benghazi deception, and he’s doing it with deferred deportations.
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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