Dan Stein

In the case of the relatives of citizens entering under the Visa Waiver program, the Administration seems to be willing to institutionalize illegal overstays as part of its routine practice within a program staggeringly vulnerable to immigration-related fraud. Essentially, if you are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen and you are from a Visa Waiver program country that allows you to enter without a visa, you never have to leave despite the letter of the law. The exception has become the rule. Imagine the fraud and potential threat to U.S. national security.

These latest memos are on top of the previous ones relating to aliens under the age of 31, the so-called DACA amnesty. Back in 2010, internally leaked memos revealed the overall administration plan to thwart the immigration laws through a patchwork of clever agency actions.

By the end of 2016, the administration may well have decided it can parole in nearly all of the illegal alien population. Finding ways to overcome statutory limits on immigration appears to be the administration’s overriding policy objective. It likes to call immigrants, intending immigrants, illegal immigrants, NGOs, ethnic lobbies and their attorneys as “stakeholders,” as if the ultimate stakeholders, the American people, had no stake in the matter.

It is a betrayal of his public trust, not to mention the Constitution, to ignore and re-write U.S. immigration laws in such an illegal fashion. Priority number one for Congress must be to step in and restore public trust in our immigration laws by first re-asserting its right to make the immigration laws of the nation, and secondly by crafting methods to ensure a rogue chief executive can never again steal from the American people the right to decide who may enter this nation and who may not.

Dan Stein

Dan Stein is President of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
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