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Obama Officially Halts Deportations

Obama Officially Halts Deportations

AUGUST 19, 2011

Just when you thought President Obama’s deplorable backdoor amnesty plan had gone too far, his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issues an order halting deportation proceedings against a broad class of illegal immigrants.Additionally, the agency responsible for keeping the nation safe announced that a crucial program (Secure Communities) that’s helped capture dangerous illegal alien criminals will essentially be weakened to assure compliance with “civil rights and civil liberties laws and policies.”The open-borders National Council of La Raza, which is colluding with the administration to grant illegal immigrants amnesty, was quick to praise the move. In a statement published this week, the group, which annually receives tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, revealed that an “interagency team of senior leaders” at DHS and the Justice Department will identify “low-priority” deportation cases that should be considered for an “exercise of discretion.”Under the new plan the Homeland Security agency responsible for removing dangerous illegal aliens, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), will have wide discretion to halt deportations on a “case-by-case basis.” Illegal immigrants attending school, those with family in the military or a family’s primary bread winner will be allowed to remain in the U.S. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano claims the new policy will actually“enhance public safety” by focusing deportation efforts on those “who pose a threat.”Earlier this month ICE Director John Morton made similar claims in a letter to the governors of states that have implemented Secure Communities. In the letter Morton also said that his agency would focus its limited resources on individuals who pose a threat to public safety or who have flagrantly violated the nation’s immigration laws “in a way that respects civil rights and civil liberties.” It also lists ways ICE will actively avoid deporting run-of-the-mill illegal aliens.The administration launched its stealth amnesty plan sometime last year in case Congress doesn’t pass legislation to legalize the nation’s 12 million undocumented immigrants. Earlier this year political appointees at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), actually issued a directive to enact “meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action.” The plan includes delaying deportation indefinitely (“deferred action”), granting green cards, allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. indefinitely while they seek legal status (known as “parole in place”) and expanding the definition of “extreme hardships” so any illegal alien could meet the criteria and remain in the country.Judicial Watch has sued DHS to obtain records detailing the stealth amnesty plan because the agency has ignored a federal public records request that dates back to July 2010.

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