DHS Secretary: Illegal Immigrants Are “In Effect” Citizens

Illegals are Americans, said the Secretary of Homeland Security.  His proof? They have licenses to drive, go to school and can even practice law in California, therefore they MUST be citizens.

Jeh Johnson spoke to Harvard University students this past week about Obama’s plan to ignore the law of the land and integrate illegals into America.  He did not paint it in such language but put the positive leftist spin on it, that the Administration is focused on integration of illegals and that they are essentially already citizens.

The Center for Immigration Studies has estimated that 15-17 million illegals here in the United States and because they do things that natural born and naturalized citizens do, like go to school, they are citizens.   Suddenly the “pride of ownership” of being an American citizen due to birth or swearing allegiance to the United States becomes nothing more than just breaking the law by coming here illegally and obtaining a drivers license.

It is unpleasant, according to the Secretary of Homeland Security to deport criminal illegal aliens and says that technically the illegals who are here are in his estimation “essentially citizens” because they can get drivers licenses.

Addressing the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Monday night, he also said that the U.S. doesn’t have “open borders,” but added that deporting criminal aliens and others targeted for removal isn’t pleasant.

Johnson said that deportations have dropped because he wants the focus only on criminals, but even then he isn’t a fan of deporting illegals.

“While the number of deportations in the last several years have gone down dramatically, because I’ve told our immigration enforcement personnel to to focus on the convicted criminals, we have a border security obligation to return people after they’ve gone through the process, gone through the litigation process, they’ve litigated their asylum claims, and they have been ordered deported by a court, and if they are our priorities we have to send them back.

“Is it pleasant? Absolutely not. But as long as we have the obligation to enforce the law, we must enforce the law. We can’t have open borders. I know that disappoints many people, but we can’t have open borders,” said Johnson.

Johnson basically says the enforcing the law in an obligation, but implies that he does not want to do it.  He is “not a fan” of deportation and plans on being in the front row to hear the case before the Supreme Court that it would consider a legal challenge to President Obama’s over reach of executive power in his overhaul of the nation’s immigration rules.

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