Saturday, August 20, 2011
Obama Decides to Keep Illegal Aliens in the U.S.
Bowing to pressure from immigrant rights activists, the Obama administration said Thursday that it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria, such as attending school, having family in the military or having primary responsible for other family members’ care.Emphasis added.
The move marks a major step for President Obama, who for months has said he does not have broad categorical authority to halt deportations and said he must follow the laws as Congress has written them.
But in letters to Congress on Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she does have discretion to focus on “priorities” and that her department and the Justice Department will review all ongoing cases to see who meets the new criteria.
The money quote:
for months has said he does not have broad categorical authority to halt deportations and said he must follow the laws as Congress has written them.
Obama believes he can do anything he can get away with and Congress has shown a willingness to let him get away with a lot, war in Libya...
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