Ira Mehlman

And just in case anyone might think twice about perpetrating fraud, the Department has established strict guidelines to ensure that on the remote chance anyone is caught, there will be no punishment for giving it a try. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas has assured illegal aliens that the immigration enforcement division of DHS (what’s left of it, anyway) cannot use information from deferred action applications against the alien during subsequent removal proceedings – which is probably an unnecessary assurance given the fact that USCIS apparently has no intention of denying applications.

Amazingly, in spite of the fact that the Obama administration is essentially nullifying numerous laws that Congress has enacted and is implementing one that Congress rejected as recently as December 2010, with no safeguards to prevent massive fraud or to weed out criminals and terrorists, the response from Congress can best be described as feeble. Aside from Smith, Grassley and a relative handful other stalwarts who still care about Congress’s constitutional responsibilities, not to mention the interests and security of the American people, the implementation of a massive unlegislated amnesty program without a modicum of restraint, has failed to evoke even a peep of protest from congressional leaders.

What is about to unfold in the coming months epitomizes the anger and frustration that Americans feel toward Washington. A massive unauthorized amnesty that will cost American taxpayers billions of dollars and millions of Americans opportunities at jobs, riddled with gaping loopholes that guarantee there will be massive fraud, is about to be carried out and Congress cannot even be bothered to interrupt their summer vacation to delay it, much less stop it.

As Edmund Burke astutely noted, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” A massive, fraud-ridden sell-out of the interests of the American people is taking place and “nothing” is precisely what they are getting from just about everyone in Washington.

Ira Mehlman

Ira Mehlman is the Media Director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.