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Executive Amnesty Review Promises More Twists and Turns (of the Law)

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  by  Van Esser

In order to placate illegal-alien advocates who falsely claim the Administration has deported record numbers of illegal aliens, President Obama announced that DHS would review options for making immigration enforcement “more humane.” Translation: they’ll find more ways to ignore the law and make illegal aliens comfortable while the comprehensive amnesty alliance pursues House Republican hold-outs.

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Obama Caves to Pressure, Seeks Deportation Alternatives

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Facing increasing pressure from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to stop deportations, President Obama announced DHS will explore executive amnesty alternatives. The announcement came after a White House meeting between Obama and Caucus members, who had threatened to introduce a resolution demanding action.

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Obama Declares He’s the Amnesty ‘Champion-in-Chief’

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President Obama tried to turn around accusations from amnesty advocates who called him the "deporter-in-chief" by claiming he is the "champion-in-chief" for a comprehensive amnesty. However, his remarks did not dissuade more pro-amnesty politicians from joining the chorus calling for an end to deportations.

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Obama’s DHS Budget Calls for CIR Passage, Maintains E-Verify

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The fiscal 2015 budget plan President Obama introduced yesterday for the Department of Homeland Security seeks to sell so-called comprehensive immigration reform by claiming it will reduce the deficit. The proposal, already considered dead-on-arrival in the House, also maintains some key programs like E-Verify that most consider critical to the passage of any immigration package.

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Boehner, Obama Discuss Immigration as Religious Elites Step Up Pressure on House Republicans

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After House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama met privately this week, the Speaker identified immigration as a potential area for legislative cooperation. That may please Catholic and evangelical elites who started a new lobbying campaign to move stalled immigration legislation.

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Drought, Population Growth, and Big-Ag: California's Future Looks Bleak

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  by  Melanie Oubre

If you were to do a quick Google news search of “California drought and population growth,” you’d be lucky to find more than a few passing statements buried deep within articles regurgitating the same information.  All of the news coverage on the devastating drought focuses on short-term problems and shallow solutions. Most writing about the drought assume that population growth is a factor that won’t help California’s water shortage.  Unfortunately, I have yet to find any news coverage that attempts to come up with real solutions to rapid population growth in the We

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Schumer: Discharge Immigration Bill, or Delay Effective Date, to Start House Debate

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Sen. Chuck Schumer today said he supports using a discharge petition to get debate moving in the House on the Senate’s comprehensive amnesty bill (S.744). Schumer also suggested another idea for spurring movement on a bill - delaying implementation until after President Obama leaves office.

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Boehner: Moving Immigration Legislation Difficult Until Obama Trusted on Enforcement

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House Speaker John Boehner today dimmed prospects for passing immigration legislation this year, saying that legislation would be difficult to pass while there is doubt about President Obama’s willingness to enforce the law. In response Rosemary Jenks, NumbersUSA's Director of Government Relations, said "Unfortunately since we know that since the Republican leadership wants to push amnesty...we can’t trust these declarations."

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Sen. Sessions: Obama’s SOTU Immigration, Worker Agendas At Odds

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Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., published an op-ed in USA Today that criticizes President Obama for pushing Republicans to pass an immigration reform plan that hurts American workers while claiming to be concerned about their plight. He called upon Republicans to set aside the demands of business groups and “stand alone as the one party defending the legitimate interests of American workers” in the immigration context.

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Bill Enables Congress to Sue President over Failure to ‘Faithfully Execute’ Laws

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Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., proposed a bill that would allow the House and Senate to sue an Administration for failing to enforce the law or violating the Constitution. Gerlach says the legislation is needed due to “unparalleled use of executive discretion to selectively apply or enforce duly-enacted laws,” including immigration laws.

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16 GOP Reps. Reject President’s Call for Immigration Reform in the House

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In a letter to President Obama, Rep. Mo Brooks (Ala.) and fifteen other Republican Representatives said they “reject” his call for the House to pass an immigration reform bill because it would “permanently displace American workers.” The letter also suggests Obama’s immigration proposals would increase unemployment and poverty and decrease American wages.

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Judge: Obama Administration Assisted in Criminal Conspiracy to Smuggle Illegal-Alien Children into U.S.

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In a court order, Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen accused the Department of Homeland Security of helping to smuggle an illegal-alien girl into the U.S. to live with her mother. Judge Hanen said this was the fourth recent case in which the Border Patrol apprehended a “coyote” smuggling a child, then delivered the child to illegal-alien parents. In each case, taxpayers covered the expense.

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Pelosi: Living in U.S. illegally does not warrant deportation

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In an interview with Telemundo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the Obama Administration’s deportations were “totally unjustified” in her hometown of San Francisco. “Our view of the law is, if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation,” Pelosi said. “If someone has broken the law or committed a felony or something, that is a different story.”

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DHS nominee defends comprehensive amnesty bill, prosecutorial discretion policy

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Jeh Johnson, who President Obama nominated to head up the Department of Homeland Security, defended the Senate’s comprehensive amnesty bill in a letter to Republican senators. The letter also defended the Administration’s use of prosecutorial discretion to forego deportation for certain groups of illegal aliens.

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Obama urges Hispanics to rally for more immigration

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 NumbersUSA and other groups that want to reduce the current immigration rate fear that the House GOP leadership will use the end-of-year legislative crush to sneak through a surprise immigration increase.http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/18/obama-urges-hispanics-to-rally-for-amnesty/

By Neil Munro in The Daily Caller

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President Rejects Deportation Moratorium, Pushes House for Amnesty

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President Obama said in an interview with Telemundo, the Spanish-language television network, that using his executive authority to halt deportations for most illegal aliens is “not an option.” He instead urged viewers to push House Republicans to pass “comprehensive immigration reform.”

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White House: Obama Pushing Immigration Legislation

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White House spokesman Jay Carney said Pres. Barack Obama is actively trying to persuade lawmakers to pass the Gang of Eight's amnesty bill. Not only is the President lobbying lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, but his political activism group, Organizing for America, is mobilizing its activists to help get the bill passed.

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New Illegal Border Crossers ask for Amnesty

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San Antonio's WOAI radio is reporting a surge in illegal border crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, and Border Patrol agents say the detained border crossers are asking for amnesty. Border Patrol agents say the number of illegal border corssers being found dead in the Texas brush country is also up and on path to beat last year's record mark.

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Obama Administration Blocked Border Security Measurements to Prevent it from Impeding Immigration Reform

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The Obama Administration admitted on Thursday that it resisted efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to create a way to measure border security because it was concerned the measurement would be used to block immigration reform that provides an amnesty to the nation's 11-19 million illegal aliens. The news came after a House Committee hearing on Wednesday where DHS officials said they failed to create a measurement system after telling Congress that it would two years ago.

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Immigration reform deception: the negligible distinction between two really bad plans

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NumbersUSA CEO Roy Beck points out that both the Gang-of-Eight and the Obama plans will give INSTANT ANMESTY and work permits to illegal aliens while remaining silent on the impact on 20 million Americans who cannot find full-time work.http://www.thetribunepapers.com/2013/03/02/immigration-reform-deception-the-negligible-distinction-between-two-really-bad-plans/

By Mike Scruggs in The Tribune Papers

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Daily Amnesty Update: On Immigration, White House = Gang of Eight

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More than a few columnists and political analysts have picked up on the fact that there's not much difference between the Senate Gang of Eight's immigration principles and the leaked White House immigration plan that Gang Member Marco Rubio so loathes.

In Tuesday's Washington Post, liberal columnist and MSNBC political analyst Eugene Robinson wrote

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No Difference Between Leaked White House Plan and Gang of Eight Plan

Sen. McCain & Pres. Obama

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While Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the White House's leaked immigration plan was an attempt to politicize the immigration debate and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said it would be "dead on arrival", the actual details of the two plans are essentially the same - they both grant instant amnesty to the nation's 11 million illegal aliens and neither bill does anything to stop future illegal immigration or protect America's unemployed.

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White House Defends Leaked Amnesty Plan

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White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough appeared on Sunday talk shows to defend a draft amnesty plan that was leaked just a day before. McDonough said the plan was developed for backup purposes and indicated the White House still wants Congress to lead the legislative drafting effort. In response, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said the leaked plan would be “dead on arrival” if introduced in Congress.

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Sen. Sessions Responds to Pres. Obama's call for amnesty during State of the Union

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), and a member of both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, came out against Pres. Obama's call for "comprehensive immigration reform" (amnesty) during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Pres. Obama called for a path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal aliens and an expansion of legal immigration.

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ICE Agents Demand Meeting with Obama to Discuss Immigration Reform

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ICE Union President, Chris Crane, who represents the men and women that are tasked with enforcing the nation's immigration laws, has sent a letter to Pres. Obama asking for a meeting to discuss immigration reform. Last week, President Obama met with business leaders and union officials, including the AFL-CIO, but did not include the National ICE Council.

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How the Obama Administration Inflates Deportation Statistics

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For the last few years, the Obama Administration has claimed that it's deporting a record number of illegal aliens. But, the Administration is adding numbers to its overall deportation statistics that have not been historically included in the total number of annual deportations. Here's a look at how the Obama Administration has artificially inflated the number of deportations.

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Obama rejects more enforcement as condition for green-card giveaway

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Speaking in Las Vegas today, President Barack Obama laid out an immigration reform plan that would make illegal aliens eligible for provisional legal status and green cards without the additional enforcement triggers proposed by the Gang of Eight Senators. The president said his Administration has already patched up “some of the worst cracks in the system,” so now is the time for “common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform.”

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Pres. Obama's Amnesty Proposal Contradicts his Inaugural Message to Grow the Middle Class

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  by  Chris Chmielenski

Pres. Obama made only one reference to immigration during his second inaugural address on Monday, but that wasn't the statement that stood out on the topic. Instead, it was his statement echoing his concern for a shrinking middle class. A concern, however, that is contradictory to his immigration proposal that would award millions of illegal aliens with amnesty thus putting a major strain on the middle class.

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Make 'No Amnesty' the first message your Rep hears this Congress

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  by  Anne Manetas

Please go to your NumbersUSA Action Board this week and send a message to your U.S. Representative and President Obama that you strongly oppose amnesty for illegal aliens and any attempt to raise overall immigration numbers. With various amnesty proposals currently being floated by prominent Democrats and Republicans from both Chambers and the White House, it is absolutely critical that the drumbeat for No Amnesty begins to echo through the halls of Congress. You can read more about the current legislative situation below.

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Obama’s immigration exemptions poison needed reforms, say critics

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“It would be ridiculous for Republicans to actually believe that the Obama administration is going to uphold its end of any compromise,” said Rosemary Jenks, the director of government relations at NumbersUSA, which wants a reform that would invite fewer, but higher skilled, immigrants

“If Obama does not believe the existing laws apply to him, why would he believe a new compromise applies to him?” she said.

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Only 2% of Americans say immigration is a top priority -- so why is Washington making it one of its top priorities?

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  by  Chris Chmielenski

A new Gallup poll finds that Americans aren't as enthusiastic about "immigration reform" as some Members of Congress and most of the main stream media would like you to believe. The poll asked Americans what is the most important problem facing the country today, and only 2% of respondents said that immigration was the top concern.

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Deferred action applications continue at slower pace

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What some initially perceived as an election-related drop in applications for deferred action - a federal program offering temporary legal status to young undocumented immigrants - has continued into December. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is reporting that the daily pace of incoming applications for the program continues to slow.

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GOP embraces immigration reform in appeal to Hispanic voters

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But Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which seeks to reduce immigration, called the Obama proposal a "Hail Mary pass" that would never pass the Republican-dominated House. Republicans won't gain politically from a compromise with Democrats, Beck said, since new immigrants tend to vote for Democrats.

If a compromise is going to be reached on immigration reform, he said, it will be Democrats who have to give in and abandon efforts to provide a path to citizenship.

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Hispanic Democrat says Obama is missing in action on immigration

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Roy Beck, the founder and CEO of NumbersUSA, a group that has opposed immigration reform proposals endorsed by Gutierrez and McCain, thinks the White House wants House Republicans to make the first move.

“I’m hearing the White House is saying it should start in the House. I can see why the White House wants the House to go first. They don’t want to lay out the details. They want the Republicans to lay it out first,” he said.

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Young Immigrants Say It’s Obama’s Time to Act

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Even some adversaries acknowledge the youth movement’s successes. “They have framed their story in a very popular way, and they’ve leveraged that story very effectively,” said Roy S. Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a leading group opposing amnesty.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/01/us/dream-act-gives-young-immigrants-a-political-voice.html

By Julia Preston in The New York Times

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The gulf between Barack Obama's immigration stance and Barbara Jordan’s

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  by  Jeremy Beck

During his November 14 press conference, President Obama said his broad vision of comprehensive immigration reform "is very similar to the outlines of previous efforts at comprehensive immigration reform." This is newsworthy because previous comprehensive immigration reform efforts since 1986 have produced 7 amnesties, none of which reduced illegal immigration. This begs the question: "Is the permanent reduction of illegal immigration a goal of this administration?"

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Obama: Mass Amnesty Coming 'Very Soon'

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In his first press conference since being elected to a second term, Pres. Barack Obama told the White House press corps on Wednesday that he will begin the process in Congress for a mass amnesty bill very soon after his inauguration. Pres. Obama said the bill would offer amnesty to the 11 million illegal aliens living in the United States, requiring them to pay fines and back taxes. Pres. Obama cited the Hispanic turnout during last week's election as his motivation for moving immigration up on his list of agenda items.

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Pres. Obama promises Progressive group quick action on immigration

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In a meeting with Progressives on Tuesday, Pres. Barack Obama promised to take quick action on immigration reform after the start of his new term in January. Pres. Obama said in interviews leading up to Election Day that not passing a mass amnesty bill during his first term was one of his greatest disappointments, but continues to be vocal about his desire to get something done in the near future.

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Romney opens door on immigration

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According to dacafacts.com, a website hosted by Numbers USA, which opposes Mr. Obama’s policy, the government has received 179,794 applications so far, has approved 4,591 and has only requested follow-up evidence in just seven cases.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/16/romney-opens-door-immigration/?page=1

By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times

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Rep. Lamar Smith: Record deportation numbers 'don't add up'

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As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith has been with his criticism of the Obama administration's claims that its deported a record number of illegal aliens in recent years. He relaunched that criticism on Wednesday with an op-ed in the Washington Times. Rep. Smith says documents that he has obtained show that the administration has inflated its deportation numbers by more than 140,000 over the last two years.

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Document Requests for Executive Amnesty Strain School Officials, Others

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Illegal aliens are clamoring for the documents necessary to apply for executive amnesty under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Requests for record requests have strained school resources and forced some localities to add staff. Law enforcement officials and even Mexican consulates are feeling the pressure, too.

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Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit Against DHS to Release Documents Pertaining to Executive Amnesty

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Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security requesting documents, under the Freedom of Information Act, regarding the Executive Amnesty that went into effect on August 15. The policy, announced in June, allows illegal aliens who came to the United States before the age of 16, have maintained continuous residence, are 30 years of age or younger, and attend school or hold a high school diploma to receive deferred action and a work permit. An estimated 1.8 million illegal aliens are likely to qualify.

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Rep. Smith: Illegal Immigrants at the Top of President’s Jobs Agenda

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The Department of Homeland Security tomorrow will begin accepting applications from illegal immigrants seeking to benefit from the President’s amnesty program. On June 15, President Obama announced that his Administration will stop deporting and begin giving work permits to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) criticized the implementation of the Obama administration’s amnesty program.

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Migration Policy Institute Estimates 1.8 Million Illegal Aliens Eligible for Executive Amnesty

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A new estimate from the Migration Policy Institute puts the number of illegal aliens who could receive amnesty from the Obama Administration's deferred action policy at 1.8 million. The number is up 500,000 from the institute's initial estimate, but takes the policy's procedures into account. The procedures were made public by the Department of Homeland Security late last week.

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