Judicial Watch has filed two Freedom of Information lawsuits against the Department of Homeland Security regarding memos that surfaced last year detailing ways the Obama Administration could provide a mass amnesty without Congressional action. Judicial Watch requested information last year through the Freedom of Information Act, but the Department has failed to cooperate.
On July 2, 2010, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA requesting “Any and all records of communications between the Department of Homeland Security and any of the following entities, concerning ‘deferred action’ or ‘parole’ to suspend removal proceedings against a particular individual or group of individuals for a specific timeframe; as well as records of communications concerning ‘selective reprieve’ to the segment of the population holding expired visas: The White House; The Executive Office of the President; Any third parties.”
On August 30, 2010, Judicial Watch filed another request asking for all DHS records regarding probation or delayed action granted to illegal aliens. Both of Judicial Watch's requests were acknowledged by the Department of Homeland Security, but the Department has yet to respond to the requests. In both cases, DHS has failed to respond to the requests within the time statutory allotted time frame.
“President Obama may deny he has a plan to suspend deportations but the experience of immigration attorneys in Houston suggests otherwise. That’s why it’s critical that Homeland Security follows the open records FOIA law and turns over these records. The American people need to know if the Obama administration has decided to flout our immigration laws and enact stealth amnesty for illegal aliens who are unlawfully here in the United States. The stonewalling by the ‘transparent’ Obama administration suggests it has something to hide,” stated Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.
In July 2010, NumbersUSA was the first organization to report about the memos circulating through the Department of Homeland Security that detailed options available to the Obama Administration for granting a mass amnesty to illegal aliens.
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