White House Announces Unilateral Move on Amnesty
Written By: Chad Groening | Posted: Thursday, September 29th, 2011
An immigration reform organization says President Barack Obama has bypassed Congress to effectively give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the United States.
The Obama administration has officially put on hold deporting illegal aliens who have committed no crimes other than being in the country illegally. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says her department will focus on deporting illegal immigrants who are "criminals" or pose a threat to national security or public safety.
The decision will allow many illegal immigrants to stay in the country and apply for a work permit. The plan also means about 300,000 deportation cases pending in federal immigration court will now be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Ira Mehlman is a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. He says what the administration did was clearly unconstitutional.
"Congress has the exclusive authority under our Constitution to make our immigration policies. The Executive Branch's role is to carry out the laws made by Congress -- whether the administration in office likes those laws or not," he notes.
"That's exactly the way our system of democracy was set up: to prevent dictatorial powers by the Executive Branch -- and the Obama administration is usurping congressional authority," he alleges. "They are deciding to make immigration laws on their own. It is up to Congress now to defend its prerogatives here."
Mehlman says he cannot imagine that members of Congress will allow the administration to move forward with this decision. Congress returns to Washington after Labor Day.
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