Janet M. LaRue

Amnesty is on the horizon. Open and transparent government be damned—full speed ahead. Barack Obama is throwing overboard his commitment to "an unprecedented level of openness in Government" as he pursues his ultimate goal of "fundamentally transforming the United States of America."

An internal draft memo to Alejandro N. Mayorkas, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), from four staff members advises him that the USCIS, under certain provisions of the “Immigration and Nationality Act,” may, among other remedies, "develop and implement a registration program for individuals who are unlawfully present in the U.S."

Call me a cock-eyed cynic, but I’d bet the boat that their "registration program" includes registering the "individuals" as Democrats.

National Review posted the memo on its web site Thursday in conjunction with an article by Robert VerBruggen. According to VerBruggen:

"In recent weeks, Sen. Chuck Grassley and others in Congress have been pressing the administration to disavow rumors that a de facto amnesty is in the works, including in a letter to Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano. "Since the senators first wrote to the president more than a month ago, we have not been reassured that the plans are just rumors, and we have every reason to believe that the memo is legitimate," a Grassley spokesman tells NR. (NR contacted DHS, but a spokesman did not have a comment on the record.)"

Obama’s four oarsmen at USCIS call their proposed agency course correction "administrative relief options” to accomplish "meaningful immigration reform without legislation." Think of it as transforming the U.S. into a nation of men and not laws.

Article I of the U.S. Constitution calls it legislating without a license. Followers of the Constitution can see it as amnesty by a closed and dictatorial executive branch that treats the Constitution as an obsolete opinion.

Current federal law enacted by Congress, otherwise known as the legislative branch of government, prohibits "registration" of "illegal entrants" who are "present" in the United States. Title 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1182(a)(6)(A)(i) addresses "classes of aliens ineligible for visas or admission." It states:


Janet M. LaRue

Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union; former Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Be the first to read Janet LaRue's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.