Saturday, July 31, 2010

Amnesty By Diktat Update

In light of the memo that surfaced detailing the Obama Administration's preliminary planning with ICE to provide "a non-legislative version of amnesty" by using various tools to simply avoid deporting illegal aliens, several Republican lawmakers have made a formal request for an explanation directly to the White House.

The letter to the president was signed by Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa who originally ferreted out the memeo, Thad Cochran of Missouri, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, David Vitter of Louisiana, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Jim Bunning of Kentucky.

Among other juicy bits, the memo had detailed proposals for rewriting legal opinions to allow executive orders by President Obama covering unaccompanied minors, victims of human trafficking or extreme hardship and others who've overstayed their visas to remain in the U.S.

For instance, the four aides who wrote the document told U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro N. Mayorkas that legal counsel at the CIS are able to reinterpret legal opinions covering the definition of "temporary protected status" -- in the face of war or environmental disaster -- so that they can change their status to stay in the United States permanently.

The White House has not made a formal response to the letter yet, except to have White House spokeshole Robert Gibbs deny that the administration supports amnesty.


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