Immigration staffers cite tools available without reform
Wash Times – By Stephen Dinan
With Congress gridlocked on an immigration bill, the Obama administration is considering using a back door to stop deporting many illegal immigrants – what a draft government memo said could be “a non-legislative version of amnesty.”
The memo, addressed to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas and written by four agency staffers, lists tools it says the administration has to “reduce the threat of removal” for many illegal immigrants who have run afoul of immigration authorities.
“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…
Rosemary Jenks, government relations manager for NumbersUSA, an organization that advocates for stricter immigration limits, said the memo is “an outrageous usurpation of congressional authority. It is unconstitutional, and a slap in the face to the American people.”
She said that the memo could explain why the push for an immigration bill has faltered in Congress.
“This makes sense of the fact that [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid and [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and Obama are sitting back calmly content with not moving immigration reform this year – because they know Obama is trying to take care of it for them, without Democrats having to be tied down to a vote before the election,” she said…
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Immigration Laws (USCIS Links)
- Published USCIS regulations in Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations (8 CFR)
- Statutes governing immigration law in the Immigration Nationality Act
- USCIS Federal Register Publications, including notices, proposed, interim and final rules
- Administrative Decisions from the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office
USCIS testimonies to Congress
- Testimony on USCIS Budget Request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 ( PDF)
March 16, 2010, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas testified in front of the House Committee on Apropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security about the USCIS Fiscal Year 2011 Budget and other critical issues important to USCIS 03/16/2010
- “Priorities Enforcing Immigration Laws” (Acting Deputy Director, Michael Aytes) (130KB PDF) 04/02/2009
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