By Jim Kouri
President Barack Obama’s controversial announcement of his plan to spare more than 800,000 young illegal aliens from deportation received an enormous amount of media attention, in spite of being promulgated on a Friday which is said to be a slow news day. But, according to an inside-the-Beltway watchdog group, most Americans may not realize the administration is also working behind the scenes granting stealth amnesty to many more illegal aliens.
Columnist and Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer used all the strength he could muster just to restrain himself when he learned of the new Obama policy. He called it “amnesty-by-fiat” and “naked lawlessness.”
Since there are currently no work permits for illegal aliens, handing them out would require a change in the existing law, stated the Townhall columnist.
“It’s bad enough that the commander-in-chief has blown off Congress by giving young people brought to the United States through no fault of their own as children a chance at U.S. citizenship. Except for those who live under a rock, practically everyone has been exposed to some sort of news coverage involving the heavily promoted amnesty for young illegals,” states the Judicial Watch blog.
Besides President Obama’s Rose Garden press conference on Friday, June 15, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a bilingual announcement explaining the “deferred action process” for illegal aliens brought into the United States as young children, according to the blog report.
“What happened on June 15, 2012, at the White House was nothing short of a declaration of war on the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights and our national sovereignty, where are own borders can be breached by illegal immigrants, free from prosecution or deportation. At a time when national unemployment rate is in actuality nearing 15%, the current occupant of the Oval Office, Obama, has declared that the United States government contains only one level of government… the Executive Branch,” said Robert P. Dean, founder of the American Patriot Alliance PAC.
They will receive a Presidential “get out of jail card” for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization. Both the White and DHS neglected to answer questions regarding how this sudden influx of close to a million young people into the legitimate workforce will impact the already large number of unemployed young citizens, political strategist Mike Baker pointed out.
“While the news media practically genuflected before the President as he spoke in the Rose Garden, they failed to ask questions about how an economically troubled nation can be fair to its own citizens if it imports workers from other countries,” Baker noted.
“There won’t be any formal announcements or White House press conferences about the secret amnesty however, but it’s in full force. Just take a look at the latest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) figures released by a nonprofit university group dedicated to researching the U.S. government,” states Judicial Watch.
Judicial Watch officials point to the nonpartisan New York-based data research center, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), which provides detailed information about the operation of hundreds of government agencies. Immigration is one of many areas it researches.
“As of the end of May, 4,585 deportation cases were closed under a special ICE program created last summer to conduct an unprecedented review of all immigration cases pending in the immigration courts and incoming cases,” states the JW blogger.
That’s Obama and DHS code for backdoor amnesty. By early this year, the plan was underway with a record number of illegal immigrants spared deportation and a huge increase in the number of those allowed to remain in the United States. TRAC provided those figures as well back in February, reports the JW blog.
The number continues rising, according to TRAC’s latest findings. The amount of pending deportations canceled through “prosecutorial discretion” nearly doubled from the previous quarter with the Los Angeles Immigration Court leading the nation with the largest number of closures (534) under this special amnesty initiative. Denver was second with 401 and San Francisco third with 387. TRAC provided a chart showing the breakdown by location.
These Homeland Security figures aren’t easy to obtain for a group that’s become a rather painful thorn for the administration. After engaging in a fierce legal battle with ICE over records involving immigration enforcement, TRAC finally obtained them and earlier this year made them public, Judicial Watch reported.
The records show that ICE repeatedly lied to Congress, the American people and the media by drastically increasing the number of individuals that have been apprehended, deported or detained, according to the Judicial Watch blog.