Authors: Aaron Klein,Brenda J. Elliott
The subtext of Morton's memo is clear: Stop enforcing nearly all measures against illegals. The only deportation “priorities” under the new ICE guidelines are “individuals who pose a clear risk to national security; serious felons, repeat offenders, or individuals with a lengthy criminal record of any kind; known gang members or other individuals who pose a clear danger to public safety; and individuals with an egregious record of immigration violations, including those with a record of illegal re-entry and those who have engaged in immigration fraud.” Shortly, we will reveal second-term Obama plans to expand these exemptions even further.
A month after Morton's order, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a two-pronged initiative to limit deportations to those persons deemed by her department most dangerous to the country, rather than on the general population of millions of illegals.
Napolitano said the Obama administration would limit deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis for illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria, such as attending school, having family in the military, or having primary responsibility for other family members' care.
In other words, without any Congressional approvalâmuch less public knowledgeâthe Obama administration has already taken major steps toward comprehensive amnesty for illegals.
In reviewing deportation orders for just the first three months of FY 2012, a nonpartisan research centerâthe Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)âfound historic drops in deportations and historic increases in illegals allowed to stay. Illegals were deported in only half of the cases on record, marking the lowest rate for the past two decades. “Clearly, the Obama Administration's stealth amnesty plan to suspend the deportations of most illegal aliens is in play here,” complained Judicial Watch, referencing the TRAC statistics.
Obama's administration has again signaled its strategy of “executive amnesty” by appointing, in January 2012, a longtime open-borders advocate to direct the White House Domestic Policy Council, the executive body mainly tasked with immigration issues. Cecilia MuÃ±oz had been a senior vice president for the National Council of La Raza, a group lobbying for open borders, mass immigration, and amnesty for illegal aliens. MuÃ±oz also chaired the board of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Just how many illegal immigrants are there in the United States today?
The estimated number varies widely and is the subject of considerable debate. A little over half a decade ago, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) shocked the public when he estimatedâbased on illegal immigrant apprehension statistics of the U.S. Border Patrolâ
that nearly four million people had crossed the U.S. border illegally in 2002 alone
. In September 2004,
magazine put the illegal population somewhere around 11 million. An independent study of the underground economy by Wall Street firm Bear Stearns, released in January 2005, estimated 18 to 20 million illegals in the United States.
There is, of course, nothing new about the concept of amnesty for illegal immigrants. Indeed, since the radically liberalized Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, there have been a total of seven amnesties.
The first was the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986 in which President Ronald Reagan approved amnesty for 2.7 million people, providing forgiveness for those who entered illegally, and setting them on the path to citizenship. Of the 1.3 million amnesty applications that ensued, more than 90 percent were for a specialized program for agricultural workers. The number of illegal aliens seeking amnesty exceeded expectations, however, and there was reportedly widespread document fraud, with as many as a third of the applicants having been granted amnesty improperly.
Reagan's IRCA was a failure: it neither stemmed the tide of illegal immigrants through the strengthening of border security, nor increased immigration enforcement against employers, as was intended.
During the Clinton administration, there were six more amnesties granted. In 1994, there was a temporary, rolling amnesty for 578,000 illegal immigrants, with an Extension Amnesty in 1997. Also in 1997, there was the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act, which granted amnesty for nearly one million Central American illegal immigrants. The Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act Amnesty in 1998 granted amnesty for 125,000 Haitian illegal immigrants.
In 2000, there were two more amnesties. One, called the Late Amnesty, granted amnesty to an estimated 400,000 illegal immigrants who claimed they should have been amnestied under IRCA in 1986. The second, called the LIFE Act Amnesty, reinstated the 1994 rolling amnesty and included 900,000 more.
Obama and progressives fully understand that documenting millions of illegal immigrants and putting them on the path to citizenship can
fundamentally transform our country in so many obvious ways, most prominently ensuring Democrat rule into the long term. Before we divulge specific second-term schemes to make this happen, it is instrumental to take a look at U.S. border enforcement, where plans are afoot to drastically transform the country's ability to stem the flow of illegals into our country.
In searching for future border policies, our extensive research eventually led to one major piece of legislation, the 645-page “Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009.” Within the bill, we find the specific handiwork of the usual suspects, the major progressive groups that have already been so instrumental in crafting Obama's major first-term initiatives, most notably ObamaCare and the so-called stimulus bill.
For those scratching their heads in wonderment as to why we would return to a 2009 bill to divine Obama's border plans for a second term, rest assured there is good reason. It is important to recall how we thoroughly documented in our previous book,
, the way in which progressive legislation and research papers that traced back to 2002 and, in some cases even to the 1990s, eventually made their way into what became Obama's health care bill. In other words, the foundations for ObamaCare had been hiding in plain view for over a decade. We also showed how progressive politicians strategically introduced such legislation over time, working with the liberal think tanks to craft and perfect the bills.
Following our review of much border and immigration reform legislation as well as progressive research and policy papers on the topics, it became clear that significant blueprints for future border policies were strategically placed within the 2009 bill, a piece of legislation that we doubt many reporters or critical analysts have bothered to read in full, if at all.
The bill was introduced on December 15,
, by Reps. Solomon Ortiz (D-TX) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), with ninety-one original co
-sponsors, including many members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
(The CPC was founded by the Democratic Socialists of America
, the largest
organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the
International, the world's largest socialist umbrella group.)
The bill immediately minimizes the capabilities of U.S. border agents to conduct searches or to carry out actions intended to root out the smuggling of illegal aliens. Because it mandates the creation of a Border Communities Liaison Office in every border sector (there are nine border sectors along the U.S. border with Mexico),
civilians living in those border communitiesâsome of whom may be actively involved in illicit actionsâwould be warned by such “liaisons” ahead of time about the operational plans of border agents intended to curtail smuggling. Each new “liaison office” would be required to consult with border communities on the “directives,” “laws,” “strategies,” and “operational issues” of border patrol authorities.
The Armed Forces, including the National Guard, would be prohibited under this bill from ever acting on the U.S. border unless the president first declared a national emergency. The only exception would be for specific counterterrorism duties, and even then the military would not be allowed to conduct armed operations within twenty-five miles of the border.
The vast majorityâ96.6 percentâof apprehensions of illegal aliens by the Border Patrol in 2010 occurred along the southwest border.
It does not take a genius to realize that the construction of a barrier along the entire 1,951-mile border between the United States and Mexico could curtail a large number of smuggling attempts. Already, the Homeland Security Department under President George W. Bush built 190 miles of pedestrian border fence and 154.3 miles of vehicle border fenceâabout one-fifth of the total length neededâmainly in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
Throughout the years there have been calls for a barrier along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. For example, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), then chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, proposed a plan on November 3, 2005, calling for the construction of a reinforced fence along the entire border. In 2006, President Bush supported a major upgrade in border security with calls for a network of fences, cameras, radar, and communications gear to help speed the response of U.S. Border Patrol officers.
Under Obama, however, the fence project was halted, with Homeland Security spending nearly $90 million on environmental analysis and mitigation measures it claims are aimed at blunting any adverse impact the
fence could possibly have on the environment.
The proposed 645-page immigration reform bill contains detailed provisions on how barriers cannot be constructed on areas if the fence will impede “wildlife migration corridors, key habitats, and the ecologically functional connectivity between and among key habitats sufficient to ensure that species (whether or not designated as rare, protected, or of concern) remain viable.” Furthermore, the bill is concerned with whether such unspecified species are “able to adapt to the impacts of climate change.” In other words, a security border fence could not be constructed where it would somehow impede a turtle's ability to adapt to so-called global warming. (If you're reading this book out of order, please see the previous chapter for more such uses of “global warming” to push a second-term progressive agenda.)
When it comes to border security, the progressives' greatest fear does not concern illegals infiltrating or terrorists making their way into our population zones. Apparently, their biggest concern is whether border agents exercise “racism” or violate the “civil liberties” of illegal aliens. A close reading of the bill makes clear the “racism” canard is actually a carefully constructed stratagem to impede border agents' ability to confront illegal immigration. The scheme mandates the collection of ethnic data on border searches to determine “the existence or absence of racial profiling.” So if a border agent along the Mexican border searches, let's say, um, a lot of Mexicans (in other words, he/she does his/her job!) â¦ that agent could be cited for racial profiling. There's more. Progressives are planning for every authorized border agent to be trained “on constitutional, privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties issues related to such searches.” Let us imagine the training manual for agents at the Mexico border:
“Agents are advised not to apprehend more than 17 percent of suspects from any given ethnic group lest agents be subject to prosecution under Article 8, Subsection 6 of the Progressive Penal Code â¦”
What about the apprehension of illegals already within the United States?
The bill invents a new class of illegalsâthose from “community-based” and “faith-based” organizations. The bill would make it illegal to apprehend “undocumented” persons in the “premises or in the immediate vicinity of a childcare provider; a school; a legal-service provider; a Federal court or State court proceeding; an administrative proceeding; a funeral home; a cemetery; a college, university, or community services agency; a social service agency; a hospital or emergency care center; a health care clinic; a place of worship; a day care center; a head start center; a school bus stop; a recreation center; a mental health facility; and a community center.”
Had enough? The bill also prohibits the apprehension of pregnant or disabled illegals.
There would also be new restrictions placed on apprehending illegals who are members of a newly defined “vulnerable population.” Included is this neologism: “Individuals who have been determined by a medically trained professional to have medical or mental health needs.” Afraid of deportation? A doctor's note claiming “medical needs” (a hangnail?) or a social worker documenting “anxiety” might suffice. Also in the “vulnerable population” are “individuals who provide financial, physical, and other direct support to their minor children, parents, or other dependents”âin other words, virtually every single illegal alien inside the United States.
Perhaps the biggest proponents of these new sensitivities would be the illegals themselves. Once they understood the litany of new perks they'd receive in detention in the U.S. under Obama, they'd be lining up to be arrested (although their arrests could be prevented under the law's anti-racial profiling provisions)!
The bill contains many more pages of scandalous, newfound “rights” provided to all illegals held in detention centers. Each detainee, for example, would have a right to “prompt and adequate medical care, designed to ensure continuity of care, at no cost to the detainee.” Included would be “care to address medical needs that existed prior to detention; and primary care, emergency care, chronic care, prenatal care, dental care, eye care, mental health care, and other medically necessary specialized care.” This is better coverage than some of the most expensive private health plans. And it is only the beginning of the taxpayer-funded madness that could comprise Obama's second-term agenda on illegal immigration. Also included in the completely
free, mandated coverage for detained illegals would be “medication, prenatal care, prenatal vitamins, hormonal therapies, and birth control.” Every detainee's needs would be met since, upon detention, each inmate is to get a “comprehensive medical, dental, and mental health intake screening.”