In what seems to be standard operating procedure, the Obama Administration did its usual Friday afternoon news dump with the release of another backdoor amnesty plan. The Wall Street Journal told us about it in Saturday’s paper.
The Obama administration said Friday that it would make it easier for illegal immigrants who are related to a U.S. citizen to seek legal U.S. residency, a rule change hailed by immigrant advocates and lambasted by those who favor strict policing of the borders.
Currently, an illegal immigrant must apply for and receive a legal visa from his or her country of origin to rejoin a spouse or child in the U.S., a process that can take years. The Obama administration will modify that rule to enable the immigrant to remain in the U.S. for much of the process.
The change is likely to go into effect later this year, administration officials said.
The administration said it is streamlining the process to make it more humane by minimizing family breakups. But the decision also could affect thousands of illegal immigrants who might qualify for a green card—which confers permanent U.S. residency—but haven’t applied because they feared not being allowed back into the U.S. or, at the least, a lengthy separation from family.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R., Texas), an outspoken foe of illegal immigration, said the announcement was further proof that “President Obama and his administration are bending long established rules…without a vote of Congress.”
The government published a notice Friday in the Federal Register announcing that it intends to change the regulation.
For more see the USCIS notice of intent.
Meanwhile, according to The Daily, political appointees in the USCIS pressure officers to rubber-stamp visa applications. Hat tip: Ed
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.”
The report does not call out any particular officials and indicates that the agency has had a problem with valuing quantity over quality since at least the 1980s.
But high-ranking USCIS officials said the pressure has heightened after the Obama administration appointed Alejandro Mayorkas as director in August 2009 during an effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform, bringing with him a mantra of “get to yes.”
Clearly the Obama election-year strategy to appease Hispanic voters is to legalize the masses through various administrative manipulations rather than confront head-on what is surely a losing issue for amnesty proponents in the normal and Constitutional legislative process.