"Waiving" Goodbye to Checks and Balances

Published on April 10th, 2012

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the Obama administration has found yet another way to outdo itself where immigration policies are concerned. The newest ploy: an outrageous proposal to provide illegal aliens with “An Unlawful Presence Waiver.”

This newest assault on the rule of law (reported by Fox News on April 2) would give illegal aliens permission to remain in the U.S. if they can prove they have at least one U.S. citizen family member.

In order to deal with the onslaught of applications the already beleaguered adjudications officers of USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) would find even more work to accomplish within tight time constraints and scarce resources.  USCIS currently has only about 700 immigration investigators looking into suspected fraud and adjudicates some 7 million applications every year.  As a result, it is highly likely that, as is the case with nearly every immigration benefit program, fraud will permeate the system.  As a consequence a significant number of illegal aliens would suddenly be made “legal.”

It must also be presumed that these aliens will be granted employment authorization and documentation to legally work in the U.S. While the regulations do not mention this specifically, the Obama administration has already issued policy directives to terminate some 300,000 cases already under deportation proceedings and provide them with employment authorization. The supposed reasoning is that if an alien is allowed to remain in the U.S. for an extended period of time then they should be able to work and support themselves.  It would therefore logically follow that aliens whose waivers are approved would similarly be granted employment authorization.

The news is full of stories about jobs that have been created and unemployment statistics looking up, but they all fail to include the millions of American workers who have fallen off the radar and are no longer included in those unemployment statistics.  The Administration is working overtime to overwhelm unemployed American workers by dumping God knows how many thousands or potentially millions of “legalized” aliens into the job market.

Furthermore, because these aliens evaded the inspections process, it must be presumed that they belong to one or more categories of aliens who are by law excludable from entering the U.S. This is a terrible risk to national security and community safety.

Finally, this program sends an invitation tied with a big red bow: Come to America! Violate our nation's borders and our laws! Not only will you not be arrested and deported, you will be rewarded for your transgressions!

We have seen a succession of Democrat and Republican administrations ignore the will of the people and the immigration laws to enable a continuing flood of illegal aliens from countries across the planet where their impact is felt in nearly every challenge and threat that confronts our nation today. This is why there are now unknown millions, perhaps tens of millions, of illegal aliens now living in towns and cities across our vast country.

By words and deeds, the Obama administration is convincing foreign nationals that America's borders and immigration laws are mere formalities that are easy to overcome.

Even more frightening in its implication, this program and the Administration, is thumbing its nose at the vital foundation of checks and balances which our Founding Fathers devised to prevent a tyrant from taking control over our government. The purpose of our three branches of government (Executive, Legislative and Judicial) is to limit the power of our government and prevent a “power grab” by those who are elected to lead our nation. Lord Acton famously stated, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

By making a mockery of our laws and the democratic process, this administration has taken to a new and disturbing tact – waiving laws that have been protecting American lives and jobs for decades to apparently seek a political advantage at the expense of our nation and our citizens.

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