In what's become the norm, the Obama Administration released a controversial proposal on Friday, hoping to bury the news on slow-news-Saturday. Specifically, the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services proposed to allow illegal immigrants who are spouses or parents of citizens to get, in effect, an automatic waiver to remain in the United States while seeking citizenship. Current law requires such illegal aliens to return to their home country and seek immigrant visas and waivers of prior unlawful entry at the American Embassy there. 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(9)(B)(i)(I) & (II). The "Notice of Intent" to change the current policy was published in Monday's Federal Register.
Naturally, the lapdog Mainstream Media spun it as another triumph for the Obamessiah. The story in Saturday's Washington Post was headlined "Obama to ease route to legal immigration by keeping families together" (changed for the online edition to "Obama eases route to legal immigration"). Both versions highlighted the compassion shown by "significantly shorten[ing] the time that illegal immigrants would have to spend away from their U.S. citizen spouses or parents."
Nonsense. "Chained immigration" is bad enough, but the new policy will encourage aliens whose close relatives are citizens to jump the border and stay illegally -- under a waiver -- while undertaking the lengthy process of gaining citizenship. It also incentivizes "marriage fraud", which not only increases illegal immigration but potentially ups the risk of violence: marriage fraud was linked to two murders in the District of Columbia alone last year.
I support legal immigration. I'd even favor increasing current quotas. But illegal immigration is, well, illegal. The Administration's new approach winks at the law, implicitly opening the floodgates.
No wonder the Justice Department is blocking tighter state immigration laws in Arizona and elsewhere. Obama's incrementally implementing illegal immigration amnesty by stealth and without the consent of Congress.
(via reader Warren)