Memo Reveals Backdoor Amnesty Plans

Posted: Jul 30, 2010 9:38 AM
An internal memo addressed to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Aljandro Mayorkas seems to reveal how the Obama administration is considering using a "back door" method to stop the deportation of many illegal immigrants through a "non-legislative version of amnesty." 

The Washington Times reports:
"In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, USCIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations, exercising discretion with regard to parole-in-place, deferred action and the issuance of Notices to Appear," the staffers wrote in the memo, which was obtained by Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican.

The memo suggests that in-depth discussions have occurred on how to keep many illegal immigrants in the country, which would be at least a temporary alternative to the proposals Democrats in Congress have made to legalize illegal immigrants.

In a predictable response, the USCIS says that drafting the memo doesn't necessarily mean the agency has embraced the policy, saying, "nobody should mistake deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions." 

Fair enough, but why would back door amnesty even be discussed if they weren't seriously considering it?  I'd hope we don't just employ federal bureaucrats to sit around and draft memos on every idea... oh, wait:

"As a matter of good government, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will discuss just about every issue that comes within the purview of the immigration system," he said in an e-mail statement. "We continue to maintain that comprehensive bipartisan legislation, coupled with smart, effective enforcement, is the only solution to our nation's immigration challenges."

He said the Homeland Security Department "will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation's entire illegal immigrant population."

The memo does talk about targeting specific groups of illegal immigrants.

And thank God we're not the only ones who see a big problem with this power grab:

Mr. Grassley said it confirms his fears that the administration is trying an end-run around Congress.

"This memo gives credence to our concerns that the administration will go to great lengths to circumvent Congress and unilaterally execute a backdoor amnesty plan," Mr. Grassley said.