Friday, August 19, 2011

Obama's Administrative Amnesty

From Yesterday, President Obama used the pretext of “prosecutorial discretion” to authorize an administrative amnesty.  The Center for Immigration Studies has followed this story closely and has created a "topic page" to condense all related publications onto one page.  Although it is currently a short list, it will surely expand over the coming weeks.

The topic page is located at:

The blog excerpt below, by Executive Director Mark Krikorian, will give you a quick overview on the Center's position:
In an announcement I would have expected them to try to bury on a Friday afternoon instead of Thursday, the administration said it would review the cases of 300,000 illegal aliens already in removal proceedings — and not just let some of them go, but give them work authorization as well.
This is further proof, as if any is needed, that the administration is using the pretext of “prosecutorial discretion” as a tool of policy. In other words, any executive needs to exercise some discretion, because the law is a blunt instrument and requires those carrying it out to have some wiggle room to deal with the handful of highly unusual cases that might warrant it. But this administration is using this necessary, but limited tool as an instrument of policymaking, which can only be described as a lawless act.
In addition to the information available on the topic page, Steven Camarota, the Center's Director of Research, is scheduled to appear on The O'Reilly Factor tonight for a discussion of the amnesty - be sure to watch.