Obama Admin Proposes Hardship Rule Change to Illegal Immigration Waivers

Posted: Jan 06, 2012 2:14 PM

In looking over their campaign portfolio for recent presidential-victory pitches, the Obama camp must've lately realized that they don't have too much to tout. Hence, it appears that they're stepping it up with the executive fiat so they can keep sticking it to those darn obstructionist Republicans. Earlier this week, Obama made "bold" "recess"-appointments to the NLRB and CFPB, in an attempt to appeal to big labor and the 'middle class'; and announced his plans to implement defense cuts with a military restructuring, so he can appeal to the liberal base clamoring for cuts in defense spending instead of addressing entitlement spending, and act like he gives a hoot about the mounting deficit at the same time. But, of course, he'd be remiss if he didn't have a giftwrapped talking point to present to Latino voters, too:

The Obama administration on Friday proposed new hardship rules that would make it easier for illegal immigrants to apply for legal status and stay in the country if they have a spouse or parent already living here legally.

Immigrant-rights groups called the move a “tremendous” victory while those who favor a crackdown on illegal immigration said it is another step in what they describe as administrative amnesty.

Homeland Security officials, who announced the change in the Federal Register, said the change only applies when an illegal immigrant has a family member living in the U.S. legally and who would be subject to “hardship” if they were separated from each other.

Under the current system, it takes an average of six months for the government to judge waiver cases, and illegal immigrant applicants are required to go home during that period. The new rule means the illegal immigrant can stay in the U.S. during the adjudication period.

The President has gotten plenty of criticism for the DREAM Act's failure to move forward during his tenure, and he needs something to solicit support from the pro-amnesty crowd. Ergo, more 'bold' administrative action--what a doer that man is!