By Julia Hahn
In a dramatic but little-noticed bulletin from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Obama Administration has announced a new executive amnesty program that would allow an unknown number of foreign nationals residing in the United States illegally to access provisional waivers that would allow illegals to either remain in the country without consequence or return home and be eligible to instantly apply for a green card.
The news release from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says the Administration’s proposed rule “would expand eligibility for provisional waivers of inadmissibility based on the accrual of unlawful presence.”
The phrase “accrual of unlawful presence” refers to living in the United States illegally, and the phrase “waivers of inadmissibility” means eliminating the rule that illegal immigrants are inadmissible for legal status.
In a recent release, USCIS noted that the new expansion of this waiver is “proposed in the interests of family unity and to enhance customer service.” In other words, the Administration is attempting to codify the principle espoused by open borders advocates that if a foreign national illegally enters the United States, they have a right to bring their families to join them in the United States as well — bypassing completely any immigration controls.
If made Legal Permanent Residents (LPR), these illegal aliens — like all LPR’s — will be able to collect welfare, receive federal pensions, and apply for citizenship and voting privileges.
The use of the term “enhance custom service” for illegal aliens also confirms a statement made by Kenneth Palinkas, head of the council representing United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. In a statement warning against the Senate Gang of Eight Bill, introduced by Senators
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chuck Schumer, Palinkas observed that: “The attitude of USCIS management is not that the Agency serves the American public or the laws of the United States, or public safety and national security, but instead that the agency serves illegal aliens and the attorneys which represent them.”
More recently, Palinkas, has described how the taxpayers are being fleeced by our open doors admissions policies:
We are still the world’s rubber-stamp for entry into the United States – regardless of the ramifications of the constant violations to the Immigration and Nationality Act. Whether it’s the failure to uphold the public charge laws, the abuse of our asylum procedures, the admission of Islamist radicals, or visas for health risks, the taxpayers are being fleeced and public safety is being endangered on a daily basis.
The Administration’s move is part of a series of efforts by progressives to increase immigration across-the-board. For instance, the White House’s New American Project seeks to get residents with green cards to naturalize as citizens. USCIS has also issued new guidance eliminating the requirement that foreign nationals taking the citizenship oath have to agree to take up arms in defense of their country.
The oath states:
I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.
This latter piece is significant, as it cites a religious basis, given that the majority of terrorists in the United States — according to a GAO report — are here on foreign visas. Many of these terrorists, including the Chatanooga Shooter, the older of the two Boston Bombers, and the Bin Laden-aligned head of the Portland Mosque, have become naturalized immigrant citizens.
The Administration has also work-authorized the spouses of H-1B workers and expanded refugee programs in Central America.
Every year — not counting any illegal migrants — the U.S. throws its doors open to one million-plus green cards holders; another million foreign workers, refugees, and dependents; and half a million foreigners sought by university admissions boards. This flood of visas, like federal tax law, is a result of levels established by Congress. They can be cut off at any moment with a new law.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
openly declared that he would seek to use green cards as a way of gaining control over America’s elections. As a result of Ted Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law, which removed Coolidge’s caps on foreign visas and opened those visas to the poorest and least-developed regions of the world, the United States has imported millions of uneducated and low-skilled workers from across the globe. Most of these immigrants are brought in voluntarily — mailed green cards or other visas — and can therefore legally take jobs and benefits directly from any America citizen.
Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly cautioned that if the United States does not reduce the annual issuance of 1.1 million green cards for legal permanent residence, conservative efforts would become “irrelevant.” Some Republicans, however, despite the enormous demographic and electoral changes created by the huge allotment of foreign work visas, think we should issue even more visas. This group includes politicians like
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
, Marco Rubio, and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID)
There are presently more than 41 million immigrants living inside the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, if annual admissions quotas are not lowered, the U.S. will add 14 million new immigrants over the next decade. As a share of population, immigrants will bust through all records known in U.S. history and will keep doing so unless green card quotas are reduced.