On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security began a review of deportation cases which will undoubtedly allow untold thousands of illegal aliens to remain in the country. In June, the policy known as “prosecutorial discretion” was quietly announced through a memo from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton.
The ICE memo said that immigration officials no longer have to deport illegal aliens if they are enrolled in any type of education program, if their family members have volunteered for U.S. military service, if they have filed a civil rights lawsuit or even if they are pregnant or nursing, among other exemptions.
While the Obama administration has claimed that the new policy is simply an effort to “fast track” the removal of illegal aliens who have committed serious crimes, many see the move as a large-scale amnesty.
In response, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) said Thursday that the reviews will not only result in more illegal aliens being allowed to stay here, but will also add to the nation’s unemployment crisis after those allowed to remain receive work permits.
In a statement, Rep. Smith said: “The policies put forth today by political appointees at the Department of Homeland Security show that its 'working group' is only working for illegal immigrants. The administration's decision to move forward with backdoor amnesty could mean jobs, but not for unemployed Americans. This massive administrative amnesty to illegal immigrants could instead allow illegal immigrants to receive work authorization and could put more Americans on the unemployment rolls.”
Read the entire Morton memo here: http://www.ice.gov/doclib/secure-communities/pdf/prosecutorial-discretion-memo.pdf