Monday, January 9, 2012

Is Illegal Immigration Still Illegal?

In its ongoing efforts to circumvent Congress, the Obama administration has announced a new rule that would "significantly shorten the time that illegal immigrants would have to spend away from their U.S. citizen spouses or parents while seeking legal status." On the surface, it sound reasonable perhaps.

But Mark Krikorian, president of the Center for Immigration Studies, told the Washington Post that...
the rule change could encourage marriage fraud by taking the risks out of applying for a waiver. 'There’s a reason to make people leave the country when they’re applying,' he said. “If they get turned down, they’ve already deported themselves.”
The rule change, he said, “presupposes the approval of all applicants — and if you don’t get it, you just go back to what you were doing.”
The administration also already tried to implement a stealth amnesty program that undermines the rule of law and national security.

But it gets worse. Separately, the Daily reports that there is rampant corruption in the federal government when it comes to granting visas:
Higher-ups within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are pressuring rank-and-file officers to rubber-stamp immigrants’ visa applications, sometimes against the officers’ will, according to a Homeland Security report and internal documents exclusively obtained by The Daily.
A 40-page report, drafted by the Office of Inspector General in September but not publicly released, details the immense pressure immigration service officers are under to approve visa applications quickly, sometimes while overlooking concerns about fraud, eligibility or security.
One-quarter of the 254 officers surveyed said they have been pressured to approve questionable cases, sometimes “against their will.”
Once again, this administration puts politics above the rule of law and national security.

The left has a penchant for opening the floodgates to illegal immigration regardless of the consequences. The Labor Party in the U.K. (which was thrown out of office in 2010) did the same thing according to the London Telegraph:
The huge increases in migrants over the last decade were partly due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to radically change the country and "rub the Right's nose in diversity", according to Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett
He said Labour's relaxation of controls was a deliberate plan to "open up the UK to mass migration" but that ministers were nervous and reluctant to discuss such a move publicly for fear it would alienate its "core working class vote".
 ...Critics said the revelations showed a "conspiracy" within Government to impose mass immigration for "cynical" political reasons.
The Clinton/Gore administration apparently fast-tracked about one million aliens for naturalization in time for the 2000 election without going through the appropriate security checks but there was never a full investigation of this shady deal.

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