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'Backdoor Amnesty' Possibly Being Evidenced in Houston

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While the Department of Homeland Security and the Obama Administration have been promoting the increased number of deportations of criminal illegal aliens, they've quietly been executing an administrative amnesty that first came to light over the summer. A new report by the Houston Chronicle says the number of deportation cases that have been dismissed by federal judges has increased by 700% over recent months.

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Annals of executive overreach

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Last week, a draft memo surfaced from the Department of Homeland Security suggesting ways to administratively circumvent existing law to allow several categories of illegal immigrants to avoid deportation and, indeed, for some to be granted permanent residency. Most disturbing was the stated rationale.

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What the ‘Amnesty Memo’ Means

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  by  Rosemary Jenks

Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi are facing a dilemma: Although they publicly bemoan the fact that Republicans won’t help them pass an unpopular amnesty . . . er, comprehensive immigration-reform bill, they don’t want to force vulnerable Democrats to vote on amnesty this close to the November elections — especially not with unemployment at 9.5 percent.

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Sen. Grassley and 11 Senators Again Press Administration for Answers on Executive Action Amnesty

Sen. Chuck Grassley

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After receiving no response from their first letter sent to the Obama Administration on June 21 regarding reports of an Executive Action mass amnesty, a group of 12 Senators, led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), is again asking the Administration for answers. The Administration has not denied reports of a plan to provide a mass amnesty for the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens through deferred action and parole.

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Justice Department Decides not to Sue Sanctuary Cities

Atty. General Eric Holder

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The Justice Department unleashed their assault on Arizona's immigration enforcement law last week, but yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department announced that cities that protect illegal aliens from law enforcement officials, otherwise known as sanctuary cities, would be safe from federal prosecutors.

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Democratic Governors Raise Concerns Over Administration's Lawsuit Against Arizona

Tennessee Dem. Gov. Phil Bredesen

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In a meeting with White House officials this past weekend, Democratic Governors raised concerns with the Administration's decision to sue Arizona over its immigration enforcement law. The Governors were meeting in Boston for a meeting of the National Governors Association, and the Democratic Governors expressed concern over the lawsuit's potential impact on the fall elections.

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Immigration Reform Caucus Challenge Pres. Obama on Amnesty Through Executive Actions

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Thirty-nine Members of the Immigration Reform Caucus sent Pres. Obama a letter addressing the reports of an attempt by the Administration to provide an Amnesty to the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens through the use of Executive Orders. The Members called on the President to articulate his opposition to any such plan.

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TRANSCRIPT: Pres. Obama's Immigration Reform Speech

Pres. Obama

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Pres. Obama gave the following speech at American University in Washington, D.C. on Thursday morning. The President called for 'comprehensive reform' that includes an amnesty for the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens, resources for securing the border, an easier way for foreign nationals to come to the United States, and a crack down on employers who hire illegal aliens.

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Reclaim American Jobs Caucus Responds to Pres. Obama's Call for Amnesty

Reps. Lamar Smith, Sue Myrick, and Gary Miller

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Pres. Obama delivered a 30-minute speech to approximately 250 Pro-Amnesty supporters at American University in Washington, D.C. today, calling for 'comprehensive immigration reform' with a mass amnesty. While the President addressed the need to bring 11-18 million illegal aliens "out of the shadows", he failed to address the impact of issuing that many permanent work permits on an economy that has more than 25 million U.S. citizens and legal immigrants looking for full-time work.

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Fox News Highlights NumbersUSA and Senators' Letter Regarding Amnesty Through Executive Actions

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Fox News published a story focusing on NumbersUSA's involvement in what has become a nationwide story of the Obama Administration's possible plans to offer an amnesty through the use of executive actions. NumbersUSA's Director of Government Relations Rosemary Jenks spoke with Fox News about the story.

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Pres. Obama Requests $600 Million from Congress for Increased Border Security

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Pres. Obama officially asked Congress on Tuesday for $600 million of emergency funding to be used to hire 1,000 border patrol agents, acquire two drones and take other steps to increase border security. In his 2011 budget released this past February, Pres. Obama, however, proposed cutting border patrol agents along the Southwest border and slashed funding for the "virtual fence."

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Senators Challenge Pres. Obama on Rumors of Amnesty Through Executive Actions

DHS Sec. Janet Napolitano

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Several Senators have learned of a possible plan by the Obama Administration that would provide a mass Amnesty for the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens. Led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), eight Senators addressed a letter to the President asking for answers to questions about a plan that would allow DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to provide an amnesty if they can't secure enough votes for a bill in the Senate.

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Meets Meets with Pres. Obama

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer met with Pres. Barack Obama at the White House yesterday to discuss security plans along the Arizona-Mexico border and the state's new immigration enforcement law. While the two leaders don't agree on how to handle the steady and dangerous flow of illegal aliens into Arizona, both did agree that something needs to be done.

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Obama to send 1,200 troops to U.S.-Mexico border

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Roy Beck of NumbersUSA, a group that wants to reduce legal and illegal immigration, was pleased but called the action a minimal response and based on politics.

"I think the White House people are watching the polls and seeing how incredibly popular the Arizona law is," Beck said. The law requires police to c heck immigration status if they suspect that

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Obama Administration to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Illegal Aliens from Nicaragua and Honduras

Rep. Lamar Smith

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The Obama Administration announced today that it is extending Temporary Protected Status for illegal aliens from Nicaragua and Honduras who are living in the United States. TPS for those nations was supposed to expire in July, but the Administration is extending the deadline for two more years. Rep. Lamar Smith spoke out against the decision.

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Obama Administration Commits to Restarting Amnesty Push

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The Obama administration has pledged to pursue immigration legislation early in 2010. The administration’s renewed commitment to action was teed up in a recent speech by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who declared victory on securing our Southern border. http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=34704

By James R. Edwards, Jr. -- Human Events

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THE NO-JOBS SUMMITS: Pro-Amnesty Movement Thinks Americans DESERVE To Be Unemployed

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Wonder why Washington politicians gathering in Jobs Summits on Thursday show NO interest in pushing illegal aliens out of their jobs in order to put millions of unemployed Americans back to work? A major pro-amnesty coalition has just provided one answer. An article promoted on its website says that illegal aliens are better workers than Americans. If somebody has to be unemployed, it should be the less-desirable American workers who don't have jobs, the article says. Unbelievable? Read on . . .

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MY TIPS FOR OBAMA JOBS SUMMIT: Put Hundreds of Thousands Back to Work FOR FREE

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  by  Roy Beck

Nobel-award winning economist Paul Krugman can't figure it out. So, I doubt that he or any of the other hot-shot business and academic experts at Pres. Obama's jobs summit Thursday will bring up the fact that hundreds of thousands additional Americans could be working a year from now by changing immigration quotas (FOR FREE). I'm just an humble former newspaperman, but if Obama had invited me, here is what I would suggest to him . . .

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Is Amnesty on the Horizon?

Pres. Barack Obama

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After the public controversy that ensued after Pres. Obama's health care speech to a joint session of Congress, the White House sent around an email to reporters clarifying the administration's stance on health care benefits to illegal aliens. Although, the administration supports a verification mechanism to ensure no illegal alien receives benefits, the issue could be irrelevant with an amnesty.

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Obama Says Amnesty Debate in 2010

Pres. Barack Obama

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In a visit to Mexico, Pres. Barack Obama said he expects Amnesty legislation to be drafted in Congress this fall with debate beginning after the first of the year. While the President has always maintained that he wants to pursue immigration reform, he has come under heat recently from open-borders groups for not doing enough.

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Obama Hones Immigration Policy

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The Obama administration is using its executive powers to change U.S. immigration policies and practices on a range of fronts, not waiting for efforts by Congress to tackle a broader overhaul of the system.

Administration officials say they want to shift the emphasis in immigration enforcement to what the White House calls the demand-side of illegal immigration by focusing on employers, moving away from high-profile raids that resulted in thousands of worker arrests during the Bush years.

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Obama Says There's No Consensus on Immigration Reform

Pres. Barack Obama

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Pres. Barack Obama took the first step on Thursday towards immigration reform and an amnesty for more than 11 million illegal aliens. Members of the Administration met with 30 Members of Congress from both sides of the issue and both sides of the aisle to get the debate rolling, but Pres. Obama said after the meeting that there was "not by any means consensus across the table."

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Chief of Staff says not enough votes for Immigration Reform

Rahm Emanuel

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Pres. Barack Obama's Chief of Staff met with reporters on Thursday morning before the President's 2 p.m. meeting with Congressional leaders to kick off the discussion for immigration reform. But Rahm Emanuel said that the White House doesn't believe they have enough votes in Congress for an amnesty bill.

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White House Hosts Meeting on Immigration

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That's true, but it's also not clear that Obama's vision for overhaul is politically viable. Thursday's meeting will include some lawmakers who are dead set against any legalization, and Roy Beck, of the restrictionist group Numbers USA, believes this could be a good sign.

"By having strong senators and congressmen on the other side of this issue," Beck says, Obama "will be able to say, 'Hey, look, see how hard this is going to be? See how far apart we are?' "

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Contact the White House before Today's Immigration Summit

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Today, Pres. Barack Obama and the White House will host a bi-partisan group of Congressional leaders to jump-start the discussion on amnesty and immigration reform. It is imperative that you call and fax the White House NOW and tell Pres. Obama to say no to offering amnesty to illegal aliens and increasing work visas while more than 14 million Americans are looking for work. Visit your Action Buffet NOW and help us counter the 25,000 pro-amnesty phone calls made to the White House earlier this week.

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51 Members of Congress join Rep. Brian Bilbray in Opposing Obama's E-Verify Postponement

Rep. Brian Bilbray

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Representative Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) has sent a letter, along with 51 other Members of the House, criticizing Pres. Barack Obama and his Administration's decision to postpone a 2008 executive order requiring the mandatory use of E-Verify for government contractors. It was the fourth time the order was delayed - the third by the Obama Administration.

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Obama Administration and DHS to Gut E-Verify Executive Order - Take Action Now!!!

Pres. Barack Obama

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Last summer, Pres. George Bush signed an executive order that would require government contractors and subcontractors to verify all employees and new hires using the Department of Homeland Security's employment verification system - E-Verify. Pres. Bush's executive order has been delayed four times, and now NumbersUSA has learned that the new Administration will scrap that executive order and replace it with a weaker version.

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Mandatory E-Verify for Federal Contractors Delayed for Fourth Time

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The mandatory usage of E-Verify for companies contracting with the federal government has been delayed for a fourth time. Former President George Bush first signed an executive order making E-Verify's usage mandatory last fall, but he delayed its implementation once, and it has now been delayed three times under Pres. Barack Obama.

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Inside Obama's Hispanic strategy

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Obama officials are focused on the fast-growing interior West and especially this state, which they believe the president lost only because it is John McCain’s home. With states such as Arizona adding congressional districts after the 2010 census – and thus electoral votes – turning the West into a Democratic bulwark could ensure a lock on the presidency, Obama’s strategists believe.

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