The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that they will be moving forward with yet another executive action that will allow illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. instead of being forced to apply for legal status from abroad.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a proposal this week that would make changes to a waiver program created by Obama’s executive action on immigration in 2013, which allowed illegals with a spouse or parent in the U.S. to stay here if they could prove that them leaving would cause “extreme hardship” to their spouse.
“DHS proposes to expand the class of aliens who may be eligible for a provisional waiver beyond immediate relatives of U.S. citizens to aliens in all statutorily eligible immigrant visa categories,” the proposed rule stated, according to The Free Beacon. “Such aliens include family-sponsored immigrants, employment-based immigrants, certain special immigrants, and Diversity Visa program selectees, together with their derivative spouses and children.”
This waiver program essentially makes it possible for illegals to remain in the country and avoid any kind of penalty.
“It’s a very bad policy,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. “It makes it possible for illegal aliens to avoid the consequences established by Congress to deter people from settling here illegally and then laundering their status by adjusting to a green card.”
Vaughan added that the changes to the waiver would only increase fraud.
“It is a slap in the face to the many legal immigrants who abide by the law, follow the process, and wait their turn,” she said. “In addition, it will increase the likelihood of fraud in the marriage categories, which produce tens of thousands of new green cards each year.”
It’s sad that Obama’s immigration policies are rewarding people who break the law by entering this country illegally. The president has made it so that there’s no motivation for people to take the legal route to citizenship in the U.S.
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