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Immigrant Groups: Many Left Behind By Obama's 'Arbitrary' Action

By    |   Monday, 24 November 2014 12:06 PM

Some immigrant-rights groups are sharply critical of President Obama’s executive amnesty plan, saying it leaves most illegals in the United States at some risk of deportation.

Advocacy groups say those left behind include homosexuals, other adults without children, and persons who arrived during the past five years. Also excluded are persons with criminal records, as well as those whose children were born outside the United States, The Washington Times reported.

According to the White House, 5 million of the estimated 12 million illegal aliens currently in the United States will be eligible for legalization under the plan announced Thursday.

The restrictions are the subject of intense debate.

According to Steven A. Camarota, research director at the Center for Immigration Studies, the five-year eligibility line drawn by President Obama was “entirely arbitrary.”

Moreover, Camarota said, weighing the significance of someone’s connections to the community and length of time living in the United States is complicated.

"What's the moral difference? The president used a lot of moral rhetoric, but it's a very open question – someone who's been here six years and has a child versus someone who's been here nine and doesn't," Camarota said. "If length [of time] in the U.S. gives you a claim to be exempt from the law, doesn't the person who's been here nine years have a claim?"

Homosexual-rights organizations argue that linking eligibility to children is discriminatory because gay couples are less likely to have children. They also contend that gays – especially transgender women – are more likely to have been previously convicted of crimes, making it unfair to ban those with criminal records.

Ralph Isenberg, head of the Dallas-based Isenberg Center for Immigration Enforcement,  contends that the Obama executive order’s blanket approach to criminal convictions will end up dividing immigrant families.

Isenberg said that three-quarters of the felons he sees were not read their rights, were not informed of the consequences of their admissions in a language they could understand, and did not have a lawyer in court. As a result, they ended up admitting to felonies decades ago that are jeopardizing their ability to remain in the United States today.

Isenberg said he would caution the immigrants he counsels against signing up to have their status legalized under the new policy announced by the president, which he contends will leave more illegal immigrants in the shadows.

He said his group – which handles some of the most difficult cases – uses existing immigration law, which already offers immigrants ways to prevent their deportations and gain legal status in the United States.

“Do not sign up,” Isenberg warned illegal immigrants. “There are other forms of relief available.”

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