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Here we go again. Another day, another executive order from Barack Obama. Well, this one is actually a proposed rule change to an executive order, but at this point, what difference does it make, right?
On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a new rule that would broaden the group of people who have come into the country illegally, but for extenuating and compelling reasons are allowed to stay with a waiver. This “law” actually was put into place in 2013 by executive order. According to the Washington Free Beacon: “The action created a waiver that primarily allowed illegal immigrants with a U.S. citizen spouse or parent to stay in the country instead of having to leave the United States and be barred from returning for three or 10 years, if they proved their absence would create an “extreme hardship” for their spouse.”
The new rule, which is in comment period phase, would:
“DHS proposes to expand the class of aliens who may be eligible for a provisional waiver beyond immediate relatives of U.S. citizens to aliens in all statutorily eligible immigrant visa categories,” the proposed rule stated. “Such aliens include family-sponsored immigrants, employment-based immigrants, certain special immigrants, and Diversity Visa program selectees, together with their derivative spouses and children.”…
“DHS also proposes to expand who may be considered a qualifying relative for purposes of the extreme hardship determination to include [legal permanent resident] LPR spouses and parents,” the proposed rule said.
Yeah, sure. Come one and all. Get a waiver. You don’t have to leave while waiting to get a visa, and you sure don’t have to wait years to come back if caught. Nah, no need for that. No penalties, either.
“It’s a very bad policy,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. “It makes it possible for illegal aliens to avoid the consequences established by Congress to deter people from settling here illegally and then laundering their status by adjusting to a green card.”…
“It is a slap in the face to the many legal immigrants who abide by the law, follow the process, and wait their turn,” she said. “In addition, it will increase the likelihood of fraud in the marriage categories, which produce tens of thousands of new green cards each year.”
It’s a slap in the face to regular American citizens who were born here, too. We’re the ones footing the bill. We are also the ones displaced often by workers who will do our jobs for less money.
And then there’s that fraud issue again. Every time the immigration laws get relaxed by just a little bit, people who want to stay here and are willing to pay cash to do it and cheat the system, pay big bucks for forged documents. It happened in the 1980’s and will happen again. Fake the marriage certificates, and extreme hardship case paperwork, and a vicious circle starts.
“Green cards are the golden ticket. Once you get a green cards you get welfare, you get tax credits, you get entitlements,” said a GOP Senate aide. “The U.S. hands out one million green cards every year, and these documents are bankrupting the country.”
And many regular Americans are not eligible.
And so Barack Obama’s fundamental transformation of America takes another turn. This isn’t the sort of change most people hoped for.
For the entire rule and instructions on how to comment on it in the next 59 days, follow this link.