Obama's immigration plan isn't worth the paper it's printed on

Article author: 
Jon Feere
Article publisher: 
The Hill
Article date: 
1 December 2014
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

Though he didn't discuss the details during his [November 21, 2014] speech, President Obama has issued a series of memos that reveal exactly why unilateral, lawless actions from him aren't worth the paper they're printed on. His planned changes to his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program illustrate exactly why the criteria illegal aliens must meet to obtain his amnesty are utterly meaningless and can change at any time...

After Obama decreed his controversial DACA amnesty into existence in 2012, advocates pointed to the supposedly strenuous criteria applicants must meet to obtain the status...

Under the original terms of DACA, any illegal alien under age 31 as of June 15, 2012 who claims to have entered before age 16 (either on their own volition or in their mother's arms) can receive a two-year amnesty (with a work permit, a Social Security account and other benefits)... The administration explained in their renewal guidelines this summer that being an unemployed dropout would not stop illegal aliens from renewing their DACA status.

Most of the other requirements in DACA also mean very little. For example, the requirement that applicants prove they have "continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time" isn't really what it sounds like since "continuous residency" in immigration law generally allows aliens to be absent from the U.S. for up to six months. Similarly, the criminal background provisions in DACA give a pass to applicants who have committed multiple misdemeanors...

But Obama's latest announcement has changed many of these guidelines and throws all of them into doubt. Under the new scheme... The age cap of 31 "will no longer apply". Never again should the media or advocates refer to this lawless program as one for children.

Additionally, though the original DACA resulted in a renewable two-year amnesty and work permits that lasted just as long, Obama's new scheme extends the period to three years. If not stopped by Congress, Obama and future presidents can simply extend it to four years, or five years or 15 years. This is the nature of lawless, unilateral decrees like DACA.

Furthermore, DACA originally required applicants to prove they were inside the United States since June 15, 2007, but Obama changed it to Jan. 1, 2010... Illegal aliens who entered perhaps in response to the original DACA will now be eligible. Over 500,000 have already qualified, but that number will grow.

...why should anyone take these terms seriously? Since the requirements under the original DACA can be expanded with nothing more than Obama's pen, illegal aliens have every reason to believe that Obama will eventually change these new requirements as well...