The office of Senator Jeff Sessions published a press release on July 27 warning about actions being taken by the Obama administration to flood the United States with new immigrants.
This comes after the Supreme Court upheld a ruling from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, holding that Obama’s executive order on amnesty was illegal. But nothing must stop the agenda of the President, of course; not the Supreme Court or even the rule of law.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s unprecedented creation of an extra-legal chain migration system:
“The Obama Administration announced plans yesterday to expand an already unlawful program by setting up an extra-legal chain migration system for certain immigrants in the U.S. – including illegal aliens. The Immigration and Nationality Act sets forth very specific requirements and procedures through which family members may immigrate to this country, and many thousands abide by those laws and wait in line every year to do so. Now, with the stroke of a pen, the Obama Administration intends to circumvent statutory law at the behest of the open-borders lobbyists and extremists within the Democratic Party. This will only encourage more lawlessness, exacerbate the current situation at our border, and erode public confidence in the integrity of our immigration system. So, too, will irresponsible calls for universal amnesty undermine the system’s proper operation.
What is needed now, more than ever, is strong, decisive leadership and a commitment to the execution of the laws on the books to convey the clear message to the world that if you come to the U.S. illegally, you will be removed.”
The Obama Administration announced yesterday that it plans to expand its unlawful “Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program,” which was created after the so-called “border surge” in the summer of 2014. The program allows certain alien parents in the U.S., including those with no lawful immigration status but who are considered to have “lawful presence” based on some form of executive amnesty, i.e., TPS and DACA, to apply to have their children in El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras brought to the U.S., circumventing legal immigration requirements.
The program, which the Obama Administration advertised as a way to stop the border surge, has been an abysmal failure at achieving its stated goal. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 43,280 illegal alien juveniles have been apprehended at the southwest border through June – a 62 percent increase over the same period last year, and a number surpassed only by the record number apprehended in FY 2014. Since the beginning of FY 2014, roughly 152,000 illegal alien juveniles have been apprehended, yet only a small fraction have been removed from the U.S.
Under the administration’s new plan, not only would minor children be permitted to come to the U.S., but also the following individuals:
- Other sons and daughters of the parent in the U.S. who are over 21 years old;
- The in-country biological parent of the qualified child – no marriage to the parent in the U.S. is required; and,
- “Caregivers” of qualified children who are also related to the U.S.-based lawfully present parents.
The program in its original form already flies in the face of historical policy and understanding and undermines the very logic and coherence of the entire immigration system. Expanding it to create a new avenue of chain migration for illegal aliens – one not even available to citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents – cannot withstand scrutiny. Indeed, under our immigration system, U.S. citizens cannot petition for their grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, or nephews to come to the U.S. based solely on the existence of a familial relationship. Yet, under this plan, so long as they accompany a qualifying child from El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras, the Obama Administration will allow illegal aliens to bring their extended family members into the U.S.
Again, the Obama administration is using executive fiat to undermine the rule of law, and spit in the face of immigrants who have come here legally. Subversively entering this country does not deserve the rewards of citizenship.