The Obama administration has received sharp rebukes from federal trial and appeals courts for his post-election plan to grant DREAM Act-like status through administrative rules.
That plan, which would have granted de facto amnesty to approximately 5 million people, now is on hold until further argument this month in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
But under the radar, Obama has been accomplishing a more sweeping de facto amnesty through deliberate non-enforcement of the deportation laws.
This has not receive a lot of attention, as the nation went from one social crisis to another over the past few months. Baltimore – Charleston – Confederate Flag – Gay Marriage – Obamacare. All those and more have dominated the media and political attention for months.
The Washington Post just published a report on the major policy shift deliberately, Obama administration scales back deportations in policy shift:
The Obama administration has begun a profound shift in its enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, aiming to hasten the integration of long-term illegal immigrants into society rather than targeting them for deportation, according to documents and federal officials.
In recent months, the Department of Homeland Security has taken steps to ensure that the majority of the United States’ 11.3 million undocumented immigrants can stay in this country, with agents narrowing enforcement efforts to three groups of illegal migrants: convicted criminals, terrorism threats or those who recently crossed the border.
While public attention has been focused on the court fight over President Obama’s highly publicized executive action on immigration, DHS has with little fanfare been training thousands of immigration agents nationwide to carry out new policies on everyday enforcement.
A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling held that states cannot alter a federal voter registration form to require proof of citizenship.
So what is to prevent some of these 11 million from voting? Only their voluntary willingness to abide by the voting laws. But since they didn’t voluntarily abide by the immigration laws, that gives little comfort that our elections will be free from voter fraud.
Why is Obama doing this?
Because he thinks he can.
And he may be right. Look – Dukes of Hazzard was pulled from TV!