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Obama Won’t Deport Illegal Immigrant Students

Obama Won’t Deport Illegal Immigrant Students

AUGUST 10, 2010

As it strives to grant illegal immigrants in the U.S. amnesty, the Obama Administration has ordered authorities to stop deporting a large category of undocumented aliens while lawmakers craft legislation to officially spare them from expulsion.

The Homeland Security agency responsible for protecting the border and deporting unauthorized foreigners (Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE) has halted the removal of illegal immigrants who are students, according to a major newspaper report. The move, which will spare some 700,000 illegal aliens, is a response to nationwide rallies and demonstrations by defiant illegal immigrants protesting their eminent removal or that of their illegal parents.

News of this outrageous plan comes days after a separate report revealed that the administration is secretly working behind the scenes to grant millions of illegal immigrants amnesty in case Congress doesn’t pass sweeping legislation to do it. Devised by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), that backdoor amnesty plan aims to enact “meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action.”

In the meantime, the administration is protecting scores of illegal aliens who have participated in disruptive sit-ins, rallies and marches to demand legal status simply because they came to the U.S. as children by no fault of their own. Among them was a weeklong protest on Capitol Hill, rowdy sit-ins at legislators’ offices and a large march from Florida to Washington D.C.

Each time, ICE spared all of the illegal immigrant participants from deportation as per White House orders. Just last month 21 illegal immigrant students arrested by the Capitol Police during sit-in protests at various Senate offices were released by the feds. Last week immigration authorities deferred the deportation of a Mexican woman in Arizona because dozens of student groups petitioned on behalf of her two American-born (anchor baby) children.

The official President Obama picked to run ICE, John Morton, justifies the move by claiming that his agency has limited resources that are better spent on deporting those who commit crimes “as opposed to someone who came to this country as a juvenile and spent the vast majority of their life here.”

The federal inaction has empowered the violators who assure that it has paid off to be open about their illegal status after years of hiding. “What we have seen is it is better to be out there,” according to one national coordinator of illegal immigrant student protests. As a side note, many of these illegal immigrant protesters benefit from heavily discounted tuition at public universities across the nation.

 

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