Tags: 2014 Midterm Elections | Immigration | Executive Order

Amnesty In Place Before Midterms Winner

Friday, 05 December 2014 01:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The number of undocumented foreign nationals residing in the United States is unknown. The oft-cited number of 11 million undocumented foreign nationals currently residing in the United States remains a low-ball estimate. For a decade now, the federal government and immigrant advocates have used this number.

Meanwhile, undocumented children entered the U.S. in increasing numbers from 10, 759 in 2012 to an estimated 70,000 in the summer of 2014. The number of undocumented adults illegally crossing the border each year is unknown, but is in the hundreds of thousands.

The Border Patrol admits that three to seven children and adults illegally crossed the U.S. border for each person who was apprehended or surrendered in the last several decades. Since most undocumented children have been permitted to remain in the county, touching U.S. soil has come to mean entry.

On November 20, 2014, President Obama gave unknown millions of undocumented foreign nationals the good news of amnesty and entitlement for work permits; and for educational, healthcare, and social benefits. This granting of residency to unknown millions of undocumented foreign nationals is a sleight-of-hand trick by the President.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Obama administration has slow-walked deportations of illegal aliens, pursuant to DHS Memoranda of 2011 and 2012. The number of deportations included those illegal border crossers caught at the border and returned immediately to Mexico, thus inflating the deportation numbers.

The White House press release of November 20, 2014, on the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions has three main elements:
  • Cracking down on illegal immigration at the border,
  • Deporting felons, not families, and
  • Accountability requiring illegal aliens to pass criminal and national security checks and to pay their fair share of taxes. A lesser requirement is that illegal alien parents of U.S. citizen children — anchor babies — or lawful permanent residents (LPR) must have lived in the United States for five years.
The federal government ordered up to 34 million DHS citizenship forms, identification cards, and work permits and/or green cards in October 2014. Yet the Obama administration denies any correlation between these orders and the President’s actions.

In actions that implement the executive actions orders, DHS Secretary Jeh Charles Johnson signed a six-page Memorandum for his first-line appointees dated November 20, 2014. This Memorandum became the Operating Instructions (OI) for all DHS employees, as it constitutes a command to not enforce U.S. immigration laws.

The Secretary told his DHS employees that they “must exercise prosecutorial discretion in the enforcement of the law that applies at all stages of the enforcement process, from the earliest investigative stage to enforcing final (court) orders of removals…” There will be re-training for all employees.

U.S. Border Patrol morale is at an all-time low. Lawsuits by Border Patrol employee unions and individual DHS employees claiming that the Obama administration’s DHS operating OI’s were preventing them from performing their sworn duties.

Over the past six years, the Obama Administration’s poor border security has allowed deported foreign criminals to re-enter America, as an estimated 70 percent of the deported criminals return. An October 2014 killing of Placer County and Sacramento County, California, deputy sheriffs by a twice-deported illegal Mexican alien known by several aliases, including Marcelo Marquez, is just one example of lax border security. This killing defies the Obama Administration claim that present and future deportation of felons will stay deported.

The Boston Globe reported on December 4, 2014, that a federal immigration official hedged answering whether an illegal alien who was deported and again illegally entered the country would be eligible for amnesty under the Executive Order. The answer by Obama is, "yes."

The DHS section of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) created a jobs bulletin on November 21, 2014, announcing a need for 1,000 new full-time section employees for its Arlington, Virginia office. The bulletin was based on the President’s executive order. The jobs will pay up to $157,100 a year plus full government benefits, with starting salaries of $34,415 — for those with no work experience.

In the past, immigration federal hires were required to pass a security background check for positions dealing with alien citizenship matters, and such a security check normally takes 30 to 120 days or more. Are the new Obama hires exempt from security background checks? How much training will new hires receive particularly with regard to detection of fraud whether by amnesty applicants or of their required materials? Meanwhile the White House has failed to respond to questions about the security background hires.

The President’s sleight of hand includes actions begun months ago to prepare the Obama administration for his executive action with no regard to the November 2014 election results. Regardless of who prevailed, his executive action would be in place for immediate implementation of his form of amnesty.

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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The President’s sleight of hand includes actions begun months ago to prepare the Obama administration for his executive action with no regard to the November 2014 election results.
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