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DHS To Grant Illegal Aliens “Unlawful Presence Waivers”

DHS To Grant Illegal Aliens “Unlawful Presence Waivers”

APRIL 02, 2012

In its quest to implement stealth amnesty, the Obama Administration is working behind the scenes to halt the deportation of certain illegal immigrants by granting them “unlawful presence waivers.”

The new measure would apply to illegal aliens who are relatives of American citizens. Here is how it would work, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement posted in today’s Federal Register, the daily journal of the U.S. government; the agency will grant “unlawful presence waivers” to illegal aliens who can prove they have a relative that’s a U.S. citizen.

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Currently such aliens must return to their native country and request a waiver of inadmissibility in an existing overseas immigrant visa process. In other words, they must enter the U.S. legally as thousands of foreigners do on a yearly basis. Besides the obvious security issues, changing this would be like rewarding bad behavior in a child. It doesn’t make sense. 

But the system often causes U.S. citizens to be separated for extended periods from their immediate relatives,” according to the DHS. The proposed changes, first announced in January, will significantly reduce the length of time U.S. citizens are separated from their loved ones while required to remain outside the United States during the current visa processing system.

The administration also claims that relaxing the rule will also “create efficiencies for both the U.S. government and most applicants.” How exactly is not listed in the Federal Register announcement, which gives the public 60 days to comment. That’s only a formality since the DHS has indicated that the change is pretty much a done deal.

This appears to be part of the Obama Administration’s bigger plan to blow off Congress by using its executive powers to grant illegal immigrants backdoor amnesty. The plan has been in the works for years and in 2010 Texas’s largest newspaper published an exposé about a then-secret DHS initiative that systematically cancelled pending deportations. The remarkable program stunned the legal profession and baffled immigration attorneys who said the government bounced their clients’ deportation even when expulsion was virtually guaranteed.

In late 2011 a mainstream newspaper obtained internal Homeland Security documents outlining “sweeping changes” in immigration enforcement that halt the deportation of illegal aliens with no criminal records. This also includes a nationwide “training program” to assure that enforcement agents and prosecuting attorneys don’t remove illegal immigrants who haven’t been convicted of crimes. 

Judicial Watch has been a front runner in investigating the Obama Administration’s stealth amnesty program by pursuing DHS records concerning “deferred action” or “parole” to suspend removal proceedings against a particular group of individuals. Last spring JW sued DHS to obtain information because the agency ignored a federal public records request that dates back to July 2010.

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  • la_123_la

    The whole immigration system should be reorganized – just sleep with some citizen in the name of marriage and becoming legal and then that person bringing their whole family just because he/she slept with a citizen (calling this ‘waiting in line’) – WOW. Obama is giving a chance to the real passionate people and dreamers, who are struggling and living an abusive life in search of a better tomorrow (at the same time helping this countries economy to run) – this is what America needs – Great thinking and bold decision OBAMA – Hats off.

  • Matt Cameron

    Nearly every sentence of this piece contains a legal or factual inaccuracy. I don’t have time to address them all, but here are the most important corrections:

    (1) This waiver has existed for decades. It is governed by Sec. 212(h)-(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

    (2) The new system changes nothing but where the waiver is filed. It will streamline the process.

    (3) The waivers are still based upon “extreme hardship” to a US citizen spouse, parent, or child. This is a high standard, defined by the Board of Immigration Appeals as hardship BEYOND that which would usually be endured by the separation of a family. THIS STANDARD WILL NOT BE CHANGED.

    (4) This is in no way an “amnesty,” as it only applies to those who were already eligible for the waiver in the first place.

  • anowrasteh

    This post is inaccurate. This doesn’t apply to illegals who are “relatives of American citizens.” It only applies to illegals who are the spouse, child, or parent of a U.S. citizen. It allows them to apply for the waiver from the U.S. instead of traveling to their home country to do so. According to U.S. law, those illegals are already allowed to apply for greencards. This process just removes a bureaucratic problem that made it more difficult and decreases the time that families are separated.

    The person who wrote this post totally misunderstands the legal issue. This doesn’t make anybody eligible to apply who can’t already apply. It is not amnesty, unless you don’t know what “amnesty” means.

  • rbetanco88

    Gentlemen, you need to stop criticizing these people for coming here illegally. Firstly, because YOU ARE NOT GOD to judge anybody. Secondly, if they are here they had their reasons to come here however they could and let me tell you, if any of you were in their situation would most likely do the same thing to survive. “Survival of the fittest” definitely something that every human possesses instinctively. And third, don’t give me that crap that “if they want to come here they have to go back to the ‘line’ and wait like everyone else”…..well let me ask you this: What line?! There’s no goddamn line for these people to come here legally!!! The U.S only wants people with high skills like Indians who are computer geniuses plus they are also cheap, or people who are rich that can come here and invest their money and of course if you have a close relative who is a US citizen but there’s no program that lets people to obtain at least temporary work permits to come and clean your shit because that’s what illegal immigrants do they clean your shit, pick your vegetables in the farms and some even cook for you at one of the best restaurants in town and you can’t even be grateful for that! Like if your ancestors didn’t do the same thing to live a better life the only people that have the right to call this place their homeland are Native Americans seriously so all of you need to cut your crap that these people are stealing American’s jobs cause you don’t even want them in the first place!

  • Sue Davis

    I posted the following on the website, www.regulations.gov; however, I wonder if only those comments supporting this are shown on that website…..

    This “back door amnesty” is totally unacceptable. The current laws need to be enforced and those who came here illegal should not be rewarded for breaking the laws. This is a slap in the face to all Americans, especially those who have worked hard to become legal citizens by following the rules. Obama, like W. Bush, is trying to steal votes for him and his party by using these illegal immigrants. These politicians don’t really care about these people or anyone else, except themselves and their “elitist” group. If they cared, then why did they allow them to come into this country illegal where they can be abused by employers who know they won’t report their abuse? I thought we were in a “war on terror”, yet they leave the back door wide open where anyone can walk through while we Americans are treated like criminals at the airports. This proves yet again that Obama, like many before him, hate Liberty, but love tyranny.

  • Tony Bulver

    To ljg1553,
    Don’t believe all that propaganda being fed to you about the Obama administration deporting more illegal aliens than any previous president. Those figures are all doctored. In actuality, under Obama, the Border Patrol has been hit with tremendous cuts in their budget, both in manpower and in equipment and training. Their numbers claims of deported illegal aliens are disproved by a study by a Stanford University group that used official government figures.

  • Tony Bulver

    Should it be any surprise to anyone that DHS is pulling the old “back door” amnesty plan out of the woodwork? They can’t get amnesty the legal way, so they’re using President Obama’s “executive power” way to get amnesty for a bunch of scofflaws. Just more Chicago Style governing. If it weren’t for the votes of illegal aliens, there are a lot of Democrats who wouldn’t be elected to office.

  • Mg Mc

    This article is trying to call attention to the general american citizens who are not attorney’s about the many waivers and loopholes that a Federal Agency creates . Everytime there is an election year there is a rush to grant US citizenship to the current Legal Permanenet resident who became one by using those same loopholes. The people has the right to know and they are not stupid , we are being invaded .I work for an imigration attorney , I entered this country legally , I had to wait my turn .There is a diference between legal and illegal imigration.

  • ljg1553

    Is this the same Obama administration that has deported a record number of illegal aliens for the third year in a row? As I understand it, they are focusing their attention on those who are guilty of criminal offenses.

  • andy.harris

    135 comments so far and, from what I can tell, only 4 people actually understand the proposal in the Federal Register Notice. Who else (apart from fwatt, embryem14, Todd Rainer & danders.dev) actually clicked on the “announcement” link to the Federal Register notice and read it? Apparently, not even the author of this JW blog article (or so it seems to me…).

  • Todd Rainer

    Yeah, ya’ll should actually try to read the Register before you spout off. A: This applies to a VERY SPECIFIC set of people. B: All this is, is a streamlining of a procedure that has been around since 1952.


  • Wally Hyatt Namer

    Then I would appreciate a “Unlawful CCW Waiver” so that I might protect myself and my family from these people if they get out of hand!

  • danders.dev

    as a conservative, an opponent of illegal immigration, and as someone who has a foreign born spouse, i found this article poorly written. it does not accurately represent the purpose of the waivers, the conditions that are required to get approval for one of these waivers, or how the waivers can make the process for legal immigration more efficient.

    the current legal immigration system is extremely complex and USCIS often gives conflicting information to applications which often lead to a classification of the applicant to be classed as illegally present. a good example is that many times people are advised that they can come to the US on a tourist visa and get married. problem is this is considered fraud by the USCIS. if you are in the US and you intend to get married, you have to be on a fiancee visa. this has led to many many couples being separated.

  • Shelly Summer

    By doing little, Republicans seem just a little less bad then Democrats. We now seem to have a one party system that are not protecting public or holding up laws on the books. We’ve become a nation run by the 1% elite Kings & Queens. The only hope I see are is the outraged public that are in touch with reality and post accurate ideas

  • Shelly Summer

    By doing little, Republicans seem just a little less bad then Democrats. We now seem to have a one party system that are not protecting public and holding up laws. We’ve become a nation run by the 1% elite Kings & Queens

  • taraa1943.betio

    Remove the fool from 1600 Penn. Ave. NW now!

  • Gary Montgomery

    traitors. Obama’s oath: “to protect and defend the constitution of the united states”. We have communists in charge now. If we don’t flush them out in 2012, America is finished.

  • fwatt

    Articles like this do real damage to people trying to have an intelligent conversation about illegal aliens. “unlawful presence waivers” are nothing new. Ive been practicing immigration law for 20 years and they have been around at least that long. There are many waivers available for health, crimes, unlawful presence, etc. By singling out unlawful presence DHS is making it clear that these are the only cases which will be considered. Under the law as it stands now, if an illegal alien marries a US citizen, they must go abroad, file a visa petition with waiver application, and wait for processing. These waivers arent easy to get as they must prove extreme and exceptional hardship on the US citizen. This is a very difficult burden to carry and most are denied.
    The processing of these petitions is very cumbersome. There are INS offices around the world which handle them but there is little uniformity in the time or standards under which they are processed. The proposal is to have them filed in a central location in the US. It does not change the standards for adjudication, it does not change the fact that they must leave the US, it does not give them any lawful status to be able to work, vote, travel or anything else. It simply consolidates processing of waivers in one place, and is not available to criminal aliens or any one other than people whose sole violation is unlawful presence.
    I am a conservative and very frustrated with the inability of our government to control illegal immigration. I think this failure will utimately lead to the downfall of our country. But it is an extremely complicated problem and articles like this do absolutely nothing to bring rational debate forward.

  • Harry Patrick O’Boyle

    backdoor amnesty, rewarding linejumping, changing the rules set up by congress, hmmmm

  • mrcyberdoc

    This is the only way Obama can keep his ILLEGAL relatives in the country sucking off the system.

  • Mg Mc

    I work with illegal aliens and I can confirm this people have not respect for anything. They leave their families behind, later on they pay the coyotes to bring their children again ilegally, the US goverment allows them to stay because they are minors (this procedure is a joke). Illegal aliens only pay taxes to obtain imigration benefits , they divorce their wives/ husbands to marry an american citizen to get their Legal Permanent Residency. Their american born children identify themselves as citizens of their parents’ country . Some of the illegal aliens and their children become gang members , they are creating so many social problems , wake up America.

  • tfrank2871

    It looks like Obama is giving more rights to Ileagal imigrants and taking away rights of American Catholics. Can’t wait until November.

  • abundy

    The problem is Nevada left Reid in power in the Senate. The House has passed tons of actionable items but Leisure Suit Harry is holding a do-nothing Senate to block any progress by the House Republicans. No Budget for 3 years is treasonous! Harry Reid should be impeached and/or recalled for not doing his duty!

    Mike Burns Tue, 04/03/2012 – 5:15PM
    Where is the Republican Congress on this ? What the hell is wrong with them ?

  • Teddy Novak

    Hmmm… Obama is granting “unlawful presence waivers” while Democrats throughout the country oppose any kind of ID requirement in voting. Nah, those COULDN’T be connected.


  • Gary Griffin

    But the system often causes U.S. citizens to be separated for extended periods from their immediate relatives,” according to the DHS. The proposed changes, first announced in January, will significantly reduce the length of time U.S. citizens are separated from their loved ones while required to remain outside the United States during the current visa processing system.
    It”s not the “system” ….it’s the whatever the name made up this week is for ILLEGAL entry to the US. What is stopping the “US citizen” from going to visit their “relatives” and “loved ones”? Gov’t control of every US citizens life except control of the borders.
    Freedom, Justice, Honor

  • f421898

    Frack Obama

  • rhess

    Probably everyone in Mexico has a relative that is a US citizen. The Obama administration is just flat out of control.

  • Sandra O’Dea

    Yep, Obama wants to give all the illegals rights and the US citizens born & raised here in the USA will be screwed. Could be because he has an aunt & uncle both here illegally; the aunt collect disability and the uncle doesn’t pay taxes.

  • George M. Lobman

    Another opportunity for this administration to do something that they cannot explain under the law but want more then anything else. If the law meant anything to to this administration they would have a meaningful modification to the current Immigration system and find a way to shut down the Borders. With all the million new illegal citizens he hope to get those votes for the Democratic side of the ballot. If you cannot win by the rules you obviously need new rules!

  • John Irving

    So well done Obama amnesty through the back door, the flood gates will no wopen fully and a TORRENT of illegals will be here ASAP.
    The country is already sinking under the extra burden of illegals in schools social services, housing etc.
    Don’t forget Drunken Uncle Obama in Massachusetts, this guy’s been illegal for DECADES and he still gets a Drivers license inspite of the fact it is manditory for you to prove valid status etc, and ontop of that he gets his license back under the “hardship” rule so he can drive to work and back (the bus and walk must be out for him why?) to work illegally for an Employer who knows he is breaking the Law by employing him, really?
    Were all idiots for voting for Social enginners who have multi million incomes and life styles, most of who dont pay tax like the little people.
    The Republicans are not much better either, hypocrites all American Politicians are there to serve themselves and not the Country!!

  • embreym14

    Here’s a good example of the way people twist things to fit their purpose which in this case is to anger anti-immigration proponents and work people up over something they don’t understand and will likely never investigate further.

    The Unlawful Presence Waiver explained by someone who knows what it means:

    Firstly, when an illegal alien petitions for a visa or citizenship, part of the current process is to return to their home country to await a court date with their own government which will determine whether or not they can then re-enter the United States Legally. The wait time? 3 months to eternity. Seriously, there is no indication whatsoever of how long you will have to wait once you return to your home country.

    What this new plan actually does: Allows illegal immigrants to remain in the United States until their country gives them their court date, cutting the time spent away from their U.S. citizen family members drastically in most cases and giving them a general idea of how long they will be out of the country [from what I’ve read, it will usually be about 2-6 months]. This means the people who depend on the alien for support (children, spouses, siblings, parents) spend less time without that support and without that person in their day-to-day lives.

    It sounds like they’re just begging anti-immigrant groups to attack a plan that helps more U.S. citizens than it does anybody else by calling it an ‘Unlawful Presence Waiver’ – this is not a backdoor amnesty! The system still works the same (broken) way it has for years- nothing has changed in the hurdles & hoops you have to jump through to get your papers. What has changed is how hard it is on the American family members of the alien during the final steps of legalization.


    Be critical and inform yourself.

  • Steve Hollar

    I’m becoming ashamed and embarrassed to call myself a Republican. There is now so much out their to start a major Congressional investigation against Obama and his administration, yet, the people we elected sit on their dead butts doing nothing. Are they scared, do they just not care? If something isn’t done to restore our nation and get rid of that dictator in the White House, I foresee bad things in the future when conservatives, who are in the majority, are finally pushed to the breaking point.

  • wc_moore

    I thought that you swore to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States when given high office in this country. Do I get to decide which laws I will uphold and which laws I can ignore?

  • binthere222

    Yessir Mr. Illegal Alien citizen of another unknown country. Just fill out this form (for our office use) and we will send you in the mail 1(one) freshly minted piece of paper allowing you to live in this country.

    Please don’t forget to fill out the form completely and correctly, especially the part about where we can arrest, er I mean SEND you the piece of paper. AND we promise to never ever change our mind later on and decide to go ahead and enforce the laws to deport you. Have a nice day. . .

  • bluzrider

    “Currently such aliens must return to their native country and request a waiver of inadmissibility in an existing overseas immigrant visa process. In other words, they must enter the U.S. legally as thousands of foreigners do on a yearly basis. Besides the obvious security issues, changing this would be like rewarding bad behavior in a child. It doesn’t make sense.”

    Sure it makes sense. When you take into consideration that these same liberal idiots would give these people the right to vote, along with being in the country illegally. There are guaranteeing themselves a voting base, which will in turn make it harder for us to elect people of common sense. When will we realize that they are stacking the deck in their favor. That is what these “waivers” are all about. Plain and simple. And we just stand by and take it, like nothing will ever come from it. At some point they will promise so much to so many, we will never be able to overcome their despicable actions.

  • David Bennett

    Is Carney reading from a teleprompter in this? Look for the reflection of text changing on the right hand side and notice he stumbles around until the slide changes.


  • Marie Wagenaar

    Government gone mad! When I think of what my parents had to go through to (legally) immigrate here, it just makes my blood simmer and boil.

  • terje28

    Stop these waivers NOW!

  • Lincoln Stern

    Well now, this “new “measure” would certainly benefit Obama’s Uncle Drunk would’nt it. This once great country has deteriorated into a land I no longer care to reside in. This Campaigner-In-Chief has absolutely zero redeeming attributes and has populated his administration tax cheats, liars and hundreds of other corruptocrats. Our latest group of non representing representatives has accelerated the decline of this country as we’ve known it.

  • Steve Connor

    The government doesnt produce ANYTHING. Their revenue stream is via TAXATION which it gets from corporation and small business and lotteries, and tips, and 401K’s, and capital gains, and gasoline, and…well i could go on, but after 2700 pages of the Healthcare (Obamacare) act, im just too tired and PISSED !!

  • nmwander

    I am not sure what the purpose is to subverting the Rule of Law.
    This seems to be an abuse of Executive Priveledge and should be interpreted as a FAILURE of the President to observe his oath of office to “uphold the law”.
    The only murky purpose I see, is some narrow-minded, short-sighted political “gain”…???
    It’s really confusing why anyone would be so insane as to allow in people who are completely opposed to the American Way of Life.
    If you want to know where this story goes……please…….just visit an Indian Reservation and ask any of the residents why they are living there.

  • stanleypathe

    Excellent!! Now I have another piece of Obama “newspeak” for the Obamanary (obamanary.com). Under “U” for Unlawful Presence Waiver.”
    This will go nicely with “Man-caused disaster,” “Recovery Summer,” “New Normal,” “Jobs saved or created,” “Workplace violence,” and “Overseas contingency operation.”
    Available on Amazon, this is my grassroots attempt at making Obama truly a “One-term proposition.”

    PLEASE check it out and spread the word…

  • Steve Connor

    The Mexicans are good very hard-working people with a strong family bond. They have some irritating ways in terms of how they handle their children (to Whites), but we all are different. Obama wants, thru his surrogates, to flood the country with illegals. This will crowd out the whites from getting jobs and allow for a more dictatorial regime (socialist), where the govt picks winners and losers. And the Losers will, for the most part, be what we call the Middle Class right now. If this direction continues even when he is gone, the middle class will become the lower class. We are a nation of laws and right now Obama, Eric, and Big Sis are breaking them (changing them) via the executive branch !!!

  • Bill Wedekind

    I wonder if Obama realizes his UNELECTED justice department is allowing illegal amnesty …

  • Ounce Oflogic

    The O’bama administration is no longer masking its intentions. If he is re-elected, the US – as we know it – will not survive.

  • middlechamber

    Isn’t it amazing with the stroke of a pen now anyone from a foreign land can be made legal enough to stay in this country and scheme against our people. When is the next 911 going to happen, when is this country going to fall into dismay because of these illegals sucking this country dry, when is this no longer be AMERICA. I am glad I am as old as I am because I hope to die before all that happens knowing I did live in the greatest country founded by mankind.

  • Rod Hudson

    This may explain why constitutional “scholar” Obama is so upset at the thought that the Supreme Court might overturn statute-based Obamacare (GASP! They haven’t done such an unprecedented thing in at least, say, 6 months!!!!). The guy usually doesn’t bother to wait for the mere formality of a duly enacted statute upon which to base his executive orders. Obama merely issues his edicts from his throne.

  • q123vg7y

    This will help a lot of people such as myself who find themselfs completly f###ed by the system. Dont be gay live and let live. Please stop hunting us down like Jews. Its not 1943 so get over yourself and stop the destrucion of our lives. Thanks.

  • Varmint Proof Feeders

    If our historical Rule of Law is to be saved from this Marxist Fraud sitting in the Whitehouse, we must call out Speaker Boehner for his cowardly surrender of his constitutional oversight responsibility over to the Obama coup d’état. My charge against and plea too Speaker Boehner is posted here. http://www.scribd.com/doc/87451318/Boehner-3-31-12

  • Tony Foster

    I think Mr Obama falls under the category of needing an Unlawful Presence Waiver.

  • winter.isis

    Oh wait, A Marxist lying to conceal and advance his agenda? Surely this does not come as a surprise to readers of Wil Adams‘ new book ’How Marxists Are Using Political Correctness…’ (see amazon.com or bn.com for an e-copy). In his book he uncovers a plot hatched in the early 1900s by Margaret Sanger and Marxists to infiltrate and Social Engineer the Society they envision. So, when Obama lies, he is actually, only carrying on a tradition. After all, how many people would rush headlong to embrace an ideology that is bent on enslaving them to the State–all for the Greater Good of Mankind, of course

  • Patrick Rowe

    Well since the media and the government does not care about the American people and will let in anyone with relatives living here I guess that means screw you to the American public. The rule of law means nothing and we have sixty days to comment and they have just told us that it does not matter what we say as it’s a done deal. Well I am voting for Ron Paul because at least he does support the rule of law.

  • Marcus Allen

    Can a president be tried and hung for treason? Any “Constitutional” Scholars out there?

  • Marcus Allen

    With about 20 million Mexican Nationals in the country already I would say it would open the door for about 80 million or so more. Enough to take over the elections for good and destroy America.

  • Charlotte Butler Salafia

    I find it interesting that Mike Johnson and others on this thread assume that it only applies to Mexico… There are many people in this country that come from Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia as well.

    MOST Americans have NO idea how challenging it is to get into this country legally. I KNOW because my first husband was not American. I had to apply in HIS home country and then wait for what seemed like forever. This was before 9-11. For those who are Christian here… what about what biblical teachings say about the way we treat aliens.

    I’m all for this bill.

  • lmartone

    Every day brings forth a new usurpation of power from this rogue president and his corrupt and deceitful administration. I am furious that no one in congress has the courage to speak out against them, save for a few grumbles here and there. Republicans should be shouting from the rooftops that we are losing our republic and initiate impeachment proceedings immediately. At this point all all we can do is pray for our country’s deliverance from this tyrannical dictator. It seems to be out of our hands now.

  • Nelson Stanley

    MEXICO –not a good friend –NOT a good neighbor !!

  • Nelson Stanley

    snooring,listen to that sound of stupid ,uneducated,lazy,Americans who no longer deserve what God has blessed them with,shall be torn asunder for their lack of vigilance. There shall be great nashing of teeth and wailing as their uninvited guests rob them of their hard earned efforts !!!

  • dkpickard1

    Equal protection under the law? No.

  • Robert Beauchamp

    You have to have a family member in the U.S. AND both the immigrant and all family members present in the U.S. MUST sign an affidavit that they will register as, and vote, Democrat in all elections.

  • Macaroni Jones

    This gangster administration, led by the chief thugs, obbama-the-Kenyan and Eric “the dick” Holder, have gone completely rogue. These anti-American vindictive bas*tards have no regard for the constitution, the will of the people, or congressional laws. Rule by fiat and rule by decree is how they operate their marxist regime, Congress–Wake up and stop these guys…NOW!

  • Suibne Geilt

    she is part of the socialist shadow government that people will be chasing down the street in a few years, whether he wins or not. they have no idea what is going to happen them. they believe they are invulnerable. big mistake. she is in the top ten offender catagory. she could care less about the constitution or the public.

  • Gerald James

    I am a Conservative. That being said, when dealing with the subject of Illegal Immigration, we must not forget it’s an issue that involves Human Beings. Obviously there are many illegals that are involved in drug trafficking or human slavery. But if you focus on the Majority, it would be people that have come here for a better life and a chance at being successful. Of course we can argue that they “cut in line” ahead of others but let’s get real, we can’t send 7 or 8 million (or more) people back to their home country where noting awaits them but poverty and in some cases outright starvation. Regardless of what ever method we choose to elect and in order to deal with illegal immigration, we must first Stop all illegal immigration at the border. Then, in a couple of years or so we should see a remarkable reduction in the illegal drug problem. Space is too limited to argue this complicated topic but let me simply state, Nothing will work unless we stop the flow of illegal drugs and illegal human trafficking at the border. If we don’t do that, nothing else will matter. In closing, assuming we do stop the flow of illegals at the border, I think the next step will be to see which of the illegals are involved in drugs and criminal activity. Any person that is involved in illegal activity should be deported without hesitation. As far as the others are concerned, (There are several million!) we are simply going to have to bite the bullet and figure out a way they could stay and hopefully this will include a process whereby they reimburse the system for whatever social services they have received. As a final comment, I simply can’t imagine rounding up 7 or 8 Million Illegal Immigrants and sending them back. Like it or not, it would be inhumane.

  • Jack Thomas

    What’s next? Unauthorized withdrawal waivers for bank robbers?

  • Lewis Sanborn

    “unlawful presence waivers”. Oh how pert -and UnAmerican!

  • Jacob Dietz

    Since we apparently no longer are a nation of laws, perhaps we should give murderers ‘premature life ending’ waivers or maybe child molesters should get ‘diddle passes?’

  • Buzz Mills

    winning the people, first, on the illegal immigration issue, is to win the war … first things, first … Step #1 illegal immigration …. we, the people’s, education forum http://bit.ly/GFxhUJ

  • mvhsdp

    Guess Obama’s illegal alien aunt and triple DUI uncle will get to stay now cause of Big Sis! It pays to have the president for a relative!

  • mgrim

    JOE vs. JOSE

    You have two families: “Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal”. Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California .

    Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25.00 per hour with taxes deducted.

    Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash “under the table”.

    Ready? Now pay attention….

    Joe Legal: $25.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1000.00 per week, or $52,000.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state and federal tax; Joe Legal now has $31,231.00.

    Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $600.00 per month, or $7,200.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $24,031.00.

    Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics and emergency hospitals at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000..00 per year. Joe Legal now has $18,031.00.

    Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps, WIC and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal pays rent of $1,200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has 9,631.00.

    Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month Federal Rent Subsidy. Jose Illegal pays out that $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.

    Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for car insurance. Some of that is uninsured motorist insurance. Joe Legal now has $7,231.00.

    Jose Illegal says, “We don’t need no stinkin’ insurance!” and still has $31,200.00.

    Joe Legal has to make his $7,231.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc..

    Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, and what he sends out of the country every month.

    Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work.

    Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family.

    Joe Legal’s and Jose Illegal’s children both attend the same elementary school. Joe Legal pays for his children’s lunches, while Jose Illegal’s children get a government sponsored lunch. Jose Illegal’s children have an after school ESL program. Joe Legal’schildren go home.

    Now, when they reach college age, Joe Legal’s kids may not get into a State School and may not qualify for scholarships, grants or other tuition help, even though Joe has been paying for State Schools through his taxes, while Jose Illegal’skids “go to the head of the class” because they are a minority.

    Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay.

    If you vote for or support any politician that supports illegal aliens… You are part of the problem!
    We need to keep this going–we need to make changes ASAP!
    It’s way PAST time to take a stand for America and Americans!

  • Steve Connor

    Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. If he gets reelected, i would not be surprised if the republicans look for ways to take him down like they did Clinton. But in retrospect, Clinton’s misdeeds were personal and pale as compared to Obama trying to “transform” our nation.

  • John Holstein

    It is unconscionable how this administration is circumventing the law and of course, Congress. At every given opportunity, the Obama administration is side stepping in order to ingratiate themselves with a growing number of people open to becoming drones of the State. As long as they’re getting their welfare checks and not paying taxes, these meth addicted burdens to society will continue to camp out on Obama’s doorstep. Smoke your meth and pot, snort your coke, pop some pills and lay around in a crack induced coma! The government will take care of you!


  • Robert Blum

    ‘Unlawful Presence Waivers’ would seem to be only fair and reasonable . . . . if that is what Obama’s Aunt Zeituni Onyango and Uncle Onyango Obama have received in accordance to the current US laws of record.

  • undefined.email

    You need a government issued photo ID, either state or federal in order to board an airplane, however you don’t need one to vote in Federal elections … how’s that work? I guess these illegals enter the US through our unprotected border. In doing so “they” break our laws and our officials also break their pledge to defend and protect the US Constitution … so two wrongs and the illegal can get a pass … gotta love the stupidity! So as long as an illegal has a relative in the US “they” can get in … so the drunken Uncle of Obama’s gets a free pass along with the Aunt Looney Tunes.

  • cmblair

    Yes the Republicans control the House of Representatives however, they do not control the Senate. Prince Harry Reid refuses to bring foward ANY bills that are passed in the House so none of the Republican’s ideas can be advanced.

    Remember that in November, vote STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN so they can also have the Senate so they can pass bills the will help American Taxpayers.

  • Jan Vones

    It follows these “presence waivers” will be unlawful.

  • Edward von Richthoven

    Napolitano was a terrible governor of our state and is a horrible DHS “chief.” An Obama minion as bad as an Axelrod or an Emmanuel…she has opened the floodgates to illegal ALIENS and it is ILLEGAL ALIENS who are contributing so much to the devastation of our medical system finances and the packing of our prisons. Time to get your concealed carry permit…it’s getting rough out there.

  • David N Staats

    so if you do things the right way and fill out immigrations paperwork and pay the fees, step to the back of the line, but if you flip the bird to America and march right in, step to the front of the line? WTF?

  • wldtrv

    This is just plain wrong. Just the statement “unlawfull Presence Waiver” is insulting to every legal citizen in this country. For the DHS to even think this is right tells me that they should be removed entirely. This is all part of Obama’s Plan to destroy this country so he can rebuild it the way he wants as him being the supreme ruler. People if we do not rise up and stop this, we will wake up some morning say “What the hell happened”

  • Gregory Jeffers

    And here it is: the “anchor baby waiver.”

  • Richard Bates

    There is a simple way to make sure the family stays together. Send them ALL home. No problem.

  • MadCharles Pane

    Had enough yet ?

  • MadCharles Pane

    I sure hope Obama will take advantage of this agency grant for “unlawful presence waiver”..

  • Jim Monks

    It’s also how Fascists work too Mike Johnson. You can’t call Obama a dictator without pointing out that it was a conservative president who enacted the Patriot act and TSA…paving the way for Big Gov and Obama to enact the NDAA and other similar legislation that removes even more of our rights. No my friend these are just 2 heads of the same beast. Don’t be fooled, they are all out for themselves and as much power as they can beg, barrow, or steal. Stealing it seems to be the current favorite.
    Only when we all stand together as Americans will this end. But as long as we can be kept divided, we will be conquered.

  • Bill Jones

    The end is near, Rome is falling. The rule of law has ended and is being usurped by our President. The government is our enemy.

  • Barack Mugabe

    These fascist, un-American imperialists have to go. This country cannot take another four months of these filthy authoritarians spitting in the faces of the people, never mind four years.

  • Maria Adamczyk

    You have got to be kidding me! What part of ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT is so hard to understand. People who break the law for minor things are punished and pay fine (speeding ticket, etc.). Why is breaking the law and co ing into this country illegally not an offense that is punishable by deportation?
    There is a way to come to America but you have to go through the process. What makes an illegal immigrant more important than those that are following the law??

  • Lou Ann Watson

    in ten months we’ll be able to arrest her and round up all of the waiver aliens to send them back…just check the medicaid rolls and you’ll find everyone of them

  • Josh Davis

    Oh yeah. Time for LOTS of tar and feathers.

  • Mary Ellen Burke

    Dear MANCAVE
    I have been emailing and phoning about illegal immigration thru NUMBERSUSA for about ten years. It is obvious that this country is no longer of the people…..it is lost.It will become a third world country sooner than we ever ‘dreamed’.

  • Mary Ellen Burke

    This country is TOAST!

  • ddesanto

    As someone who just spent her day arguing with illegal alien parents to come pick up their sick kids (the US citizen anchor babies of course) from school because they’re too busy, I really didn’t need to read this article. There is a huge lice outbreak in Juarez, Mexico right now and of course Mexicans could not care less. I wish they would give Congress and Obama’s daughters lice and TB and measles and maybe then they would do something. They’ve thrown their own country down the toilet, hey let’s go throw the US down the toilet. Our own citizens are doing a good enough job of that, we really don’t need help.

  • Man Cave

    Email your elected congressional officials now and urge them to stop this. Don’t just talk about it, do something. I did.

  • Jim Bunion

    Does Napalatano have a SCROTUM?

  • kvncarden5

    What happens when, in the spirit of political correctness, they grant these immunities to some more middle eastern gents who come in and blow up a dam or set off a dirty bomb? It may be too late to stop this guy even if he is voted out in Nov. He will probably try to pass a law “behind the scenes” that makes the Nov election invalid.

  • Vivian Bennett-Cohan

    As John Lennon would say “imagine” 4 more years of Obama.. You will not believe how much worse it will be…

    Vote ABO>>>>> please, no more socialism for me.

  • Mike Burns

    Where is the Republican Congress on this ? What the hell is wrong with them ?

  • Jeddie Neal Churchill

    It is all so simple. If you are here as an illegal alien, go home. We believe in honoring, sustaining and obeying the law. Why make your first action in our country a broken law?
    The Immoral La Raza agenda:
    Opposes efforts to stop illegal aliens from voting
    Opposes border security
    Opposes any kind of immigration enforcement and wants to abolish current — and all — immigration laws
    Supports a belief that illegal aliens deserve licenses and welfare
    Supports amnesty for illegal aliens

    President Teddy Roosevelt said that those that come to this country must learn our language, live our culture and becom Americans in every sense of the word. The people in this invasion have done none of this.
    How is it that our government now posts signs telling us we are not allowed near the border because the invasion is taking over the area.

  • Peter Quinn

    When was the DHS given the power to make law?
    I thought the Constitution only gives Congress the
    power to make or – in this case – remake laws?


  • Jim Bunion

    Is a requirement for the DHS job to be a chick with a scrotum?

  • Randall Lape

    It appears to me that the government has become the enemy of the American people.

  • Pris Graham

    You’re full of sh**!!!

  • cmblair

    What is wrong with DHS, ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL.Whether they came on a Visa and did not do home or they came across Illegally. If they have a relative in the US they can do what my son-in-law did after he and my daughter were married. He applied, got fingerprinted in Canada (his home), had a criminal background check run, had x-rays to make sure he did not have TB, had to provide his immunization reocrds to make sure he was not bringing in any diseases,had a physical, had my daughter sign a nortorized document that said she would support him and provide him with a place to live then finally he went to Montreal for a 5 minute interview. This process took about 8 months but he got his Resident Alien card. He was given a SS card and then he started work within a week because he was LEGAL……..

    I am in favor of establishing a Guest Worker program. First have ALL employers run their employees SS #s through E verify, and advertise for American to fill the jobs, if they can’t find any Americans then hire a Guest Workers. this will dispell the myth one way or another that their are jobs Americans don’t want. The Guest Worker will have had to go through a background check and physical and be given a yearly Pass. The employer will have to pay the Guest Worker minimum wage without SS or Medicare withheld as Guest Workers will not be able to collect SS or Medicare. The fee the Guest Worker will have to pay will be far less than they pay a smuggler to get them across and also keeps them a whole lot safer as well as property owners won’t have all the garbage left on their lands.

    Time to call DHS daily if necessary. Time to call the White House and say “We are tired of the crap, knock it off” We feel for the illegal community but that is the chance they took when they came here illegally, they know some day a knock could come to their door and home they would go.

  • Margaret Tull

    kick them all out ,,, i am sick andtiredof theior crap

  • Mike Johnson

    Obama cares more about illegals than he does about Americans. Millions of Americans would love to be working the jobs illegals are working. Every illegal that isn’t deported costs Americans jobs and drains social service budgets. Illegals are a big part of why local and state budgets are hurting. I hate to believe that any President of the United States would want to intentionally destroy America, but what other possibility is there. Americans are hurting and Obama’s coddling illegal immigrants. Sad.

  • crctrymn

    I think that the Dept. of Homeland Security is actually a contradiction of terms since they do nothing to secure our nation. It should be renamed Comrade Napolitano’s Ministry of Citizen Punishment and Alien Comfort.

  • blendergoldshark

    Get ready for the titlewave of Ilegals who will now come crashing across the border. Its like a game. the simply have to run over here now, and when they get to their relives house, they yell “Not It!!” and get a free pass.

    and now will they get a free pass on E-verify, so they can easly take a job away from an American? Last time I checked unemployment was still above 8% nationally, 11% in California. With the California DREAM(nighmare) Act, they are taking away grants, scolorships and collage admission away from Americans, why not?

  • Dave Templeton

    Here you are, Romney. Another ready-made election platform!

  • bafe

    Please don’t fall for this. All folks who try to get back in at the Juarez consulate are getting a 10 year ban. They are NOT getting back in. My daughter’s husband had been deported 2 years ago, she is a multi generation American citizen. She and both of my grandsons have asthma. Son in law was main provider, lived in the US over half his life. Deported on a minor traffic violation. Had a lawyer, wanted to do it the right way (not jump the border). Now they are in Mexico; I am with them in a town that often has no water, occasionally no electricity, Doesn’t matter if you have a lawyer, this is all for votes, there is NO amnesty. Oh, my daughter contacted LaRaza during her 2 year try to get her husband back in the US…they never gave her the courtesy of a response.

  • crctrymn

    That is typical for Janet N. and obamacommie. If you are a patriotic American citizen that works, pays bills without government assistance, and believes in the Constitution then you are the enemy of obama the usurper. If however, you are a criminal, an illegal alien or someone that harbors ill feeling against the ideals set forth in our founding documents, then you are a-ok with comrade obama and Reich Marshal Napolitano. On Nov.3rd when obamacommie is defeated, we can relax a little….but don’t get too comfortable because he will still have 2 1/2 months to try and fulfill his dreams of a socialist dictatorship…or kill our country while trying.


    By the way, I called the local office of Homeland Security to report a breach of security. On the weekend.

    All I got was…..the janitor.

    Homeland Security is a f****** JOKE.


    These pigs do not deserve to govern.

    I urge all citizens to resist in all ways possible.

    Try filing a ‘formal comment’ with the federal register morons. You get an ‘undocumented page’ message.

  • Nelson Garcia

    If this is the case, why have a Home Land Security Agency at all? why not save ourselves a lot of money and just let the Armed forces secure hour homeland. Which exactly what they are supposed to do.

  • ktzyaa

    I think Obama is on the verge of a breakdown and he deserves it. The Canadian PM told him yesterday when Obama asked him to give a good word for him. He told him he would not get mixed up in USA politics.

  • Mary Berg

    LAWLESSNESS at every level of the Obama administration–& they’re proud of it! Between Big Sis allowing illegals to stay & inviting more in & Eric Holder’s gun-running to the Mexican Murder Inc & BO himself by-passing the legislative & Judicial branches of government to rule by fiat, well, what we have here is a bunch of royal-wanna-be’s. Isn’t that what we threw out over a couple hundred years ago? Let’s do it again!

  • Bill Jones

    Our government is so screwed up. DHS won’t let you on an airplane without a government issued photo ID, but don’t think about having a Swiss Army nail file on your keychain. But, if you sneak across the border and enter illegally we’ll dream up some way to give you a pass (but you must vote Democratic next November).

    Justice goes after a 100+ year old guitar manufacturing company than may be breaking a law in Madagascar or maybe India but will not go after illegal aliens. (Gibson Guitars supported a non-Democrat)

  • Paul D Lewis

    He openly chastises the third branch of government from exercising their Constitutional powers to review law (the Supreme Court)- but , thru his un-elected appointees he is trying to bypass our laws. Illegal is illegal. IF you want to enter the country – do it the proper way and I will welcome you with open arms – enter as a thief, get treated like one.

  • Jim Harrington Sr

    Gotta get them illegals to be able to vote without ID as most sensible citizens are voting for ABO…..Anyone But Obama….

  • alanwillingham

    No edit function, either?

    Oh well, my question is… don’t most criminals in the United States have relatives so they don’t have to be removed from their community and job? Why discriminate against and arrest any other criminals while showing such bias to a predominately Hispanic voting bloc?… Oh… I see…. (( nevermind ))

  • alanwillingham

    looks as though i was assigned the wrong username

  • donze724

    By no means is Obama going to disenfranchise illegal aliens, one of his key voter segments

  • krogers58

    Though the Republicans in the House of Representatives have virtually no power to stop this, they can stop funding for DHS and any other administrative branches of the administration they decide to. Of course, this would be true if our government actually ran on a budget, but since they simply operate on a series of continuing resolutions, none of which are capable of defunding the DHS, we are stuck until after the elections. If, after the elections, the republicans are able to gain control of the house and senate, then they will be able to kill of this, and any other “initiatives” that congress chooses. It will be an end to the imperial presidency. Until then, we are stuck with the abuse of power from the democrats, more specifically, Obama.

  • billkessler

    Can we afford to wait 7 months till the election throws all these Progressives (code word for communists)? We need the Peoples House to begin the process of impeachment to put some reigns on this Administrations illegal actions.

  • normanhenk

    This also includes a nationwide “training program” to assure that enforcement agents and prosecuting attorneys don’t remove illegal immigrants who haven’t been convicted of crimes.

    Well, they commit an illegal act, don’t get presecuted, no conviction, gets to stay. They break the law by coming here illegally but its not “really” a crime if we don’t prosecute. Lick basketball, Its only a foul if the ref calls it. Ref Obama isn’t calling fouls on these people.
    Who are these women who are favoring Obama? If true, let them know no one is taking their rights away. Its a distraction that started in the debate with the question to Romney about birth control. All carefully orchestrated by Obama and his media buddies. Hey GOP, grow a pair of big ones or start letting Christie do the talking.

  • David Bolander

    Everyone affiliated with this plan should be arrested for “aiding and abetting”!

  • Teddy Novak

    Do the waivers come with a free voter ID, too?


  • billandcandys

    The “unlawful presence waivers” are the prelude to the “unlawful voting waivers”. Nuf’ Said!

  • brockmeyster

    Remember the Alamo? Apparently, no one else does either!

  • Tax Revolt

    I wonder if DHS is doing this at the request of the usurper in the whitehouse? It would make sense when you consider that the only people wanting to vote for obozo now are liberal diehards, blacks, Disney characters, and illegals. I would not be surprised if by Nov. there are more than a million waivers handed out. One does have to ask themselves; What gives DHS the power to circumvent our Constitution? Answer; Obozos executive orders.

  • Mirriam Egglebrecht

    Big Dyke is keeping us safe from the terrorists.

  • gloriaallmouth

    “[T]his would be like rewarding bad behavior in a child.” As Rocky Balboa would say, “Absolutely.” Rewarding bad behavior encourages more bad behavior, doesn’t it?

    Next step will be to load them on buses and take them to register to vote.

  • ktzyaa

    Your day of reckoning is a few months away. The courts will be on overtime after the election.

  • joeychittwood

    So, if you can prove you’re related to a registered voter, Obama will…. in all his benevolence… grant you amnesty?

  • Charles Miller

    So maybe next the DOJ can start handing out “unlawful action waivers” to persons who have committed a crime, but can show that they have relatives in Chicago?

  • fwatt

    Very misleading article. These waivers have been around for years and are requested using form I-601. They are very difficult to get. They are used when people leave the united states and then try to reenter legally. Lets say you were present illegally and married a US citizen. You would have to leave the US to process your paper work. Once you were overseas you would file the I 601. INS is extremely disorganized in overseas locations and so the waiver can take 1-2 years to process. All the new regulation does is to allow the waiver to be filed here in the US. The alien must still go overseas to process the paperwork and it does nothing to legalize them while waiting. It simply streamlines the process to allow INS to handle the waiver requests here rather than overseas.

  • Thaddeus S. Kaczor Jr.

    Doesn’t this make Janet Napolitano, Eric Holder and Barack Obama parties to a conspiracy to commit a felony? After all, a ‘waiver’ does not take away from the fact that thee people are violating the law! Not only that, but this violates the Separation of Powers Clause in the US Constitution by the Executive Branch enacting laws that have not been duly passed by Congress! But then again, this is ‘The Chicago Way’. If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t playin!’

  • David Rodden

    Military Coup…This has to stop…

  • Ann Chovie

    And who are you going to vote for Paula? A Rethuglican? They’re just as corrupt as the Dems.

    And now we have these GOP defectors to the Tea Party who are nothing but frauds. It’s the same people,
    they just put a different hat on and tell us they will make changes to make you vote for them.

    The system is broke. We have corruption from the top-down throughout our government, in every agency,
    at the Federal, State and Local levels.

    Follow the money, and you will find corruption. From government contractors who collude to drive up
    costs, to out of control tyrants who don’t understand a balance sheet.

    Nope the only way to end the rape of America is to limit the size of government and the kickbacks that these
    cons called politicians get from corporations and PAC’s. But I guarantee you that you won’t find one politician
    who would vote to eliminate these sources of funding.

    Romney is just Obama in vanilla instead of chocolate. There’s no difference.

  • Mike Johnson

    So Obama is telling the people of Mexico, you can break into the United States illegally and cut ahead of everyone else who’s waiting in line as long as you have a relative in the United States? Ridiculous. Probably 95% of illegals have at least one relative that’s an American. This is a prime example of Obama wanting to be a communist dictator. This is where the Republicans lose their base and independents. They need to attack Obama and stand up to him for not enforcing the laws.

    The people of the United States don’t want a provision in our immigration laws that says you won’t get deported as long as you have a relative who’s an American. Obama hates the American people and wants his own law. This is exactly how communist dictators operate. They completely ignore the will of the people and do what they want.

  • Bryan Cook

    I can’t wait until one of these damn liberals gets to be the victim of one of their Illegal benefit recipients.

  • John Freiheit

    Everyday I wake up, read the news and get sicker and sicker inside. Didnt we vote in the Republicans into the house to stop this ? They havent lifted a finger. The Republic is slipping away to the sounds of silence.

  • Paula Kinziger

    Just in time for the election… voters please.

  • Sean Hart

    Did I miss where Congress granted DHS the authority to provide waivers on immigration issues? Someone point me to that legislation, please.

  • Joe ThePimpernel

    We are no longer a nation of laws.

    We are now a nation of gangsters.

  • kjs420

    The deal was “to protect our borders from invasion”, not “aid and abet the enemy”. Where’s that useless congress? How about they earn some of that ridiculous salary and represent some people here.

  • kylefclark

    Kindly get it right, it’s DH(IN)S please!

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