Who Might Benefit from Executive Amnesty?

Jessica Vaughan, Center for Immigration Studies, November 17, 2014

The marquee item in the president’s planned executive amnesty reportedly will be legalization and work permits for several million illegal aliens who are the parents of U.S. citizen or legally resident children. Pro-amnesty advocates obviously are calculating that the public will find this group sympathetic and appropriate beneficiaries who should not be a target for deportation–but are they really?

Let’s take a look at some cases of illegal aliens who would qualify.

Case 1. Last week, the Boston Globe ran a huge front-page story about Moises Herrera with the inspiring headline “Immigrants pinning hopes on Obama”. Under the apparent guidelines as reported, Herrera would qualify for executive amnesty. This “minivan-driving father from El Salvador” crossed illegally in 2005 and was caught by the Border Patrol and released pending a hearing (like those caught in the recent surge). He failed to appear at his immigration hearing because he feared deportation and settled in Massachusetts, working as a house painter and in a bakery. He left behind a stepson and two daughters and eventually married again here. He was jailed and deported after a traffic stop in 2011 (driving without a license is a criminal offense in Massachusetts), returned illegally, and was arrested again in October 2014 for running a stoplight, unlicensed driving, and providing a false identity to police. These charges were dismissed, but he was arrested by ICE. ICE apparently declined to prosecute him for the felony charge of illegal re-entry after deportation, but was pursuing deportation since he is an egregious immigration violator as well as a bad driver. ICE has since dropped deportation proceedings because: 1) his wife recently gave birth to a child and 2) his 17-year-old daughter arrived illegally over the summer as part of the surge of unaccompanied juveniles. So now he has two “equities” in immigration law parlance, and under Obama administration policy this should be sufficient to spare him from deportation.

Case 2. On Saturday, November 8, 2014, a woman who is a resident of Mexico arrived at the border crossing in Presidio, Texas, in an advanced stage of labor. U.S. CPB officers assisted in the delivery of her baby and arranged for transportation to a U.S. hospital for postpartum care. Her citizenship or immigration status has not been reported, but the baby is a U.S. citizen. Presumably, if she does not have legal status, she could now qualify for the president’s executive amnesty because she is the parent of a newborn U.S. citizen, just like Moises Herrera.

Case 3. On March 4, 2014, a woman from El Salvador went into labor shortly after being apprehended by the Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley, where smugglers have directed most of the illegal surge arrivals from Central America. Agents delivered the baby and transferred the woman and the new citizen to a local hospital. Since she was likely released, rather than returned, as per the administration’ s policy on “family units”, presumably she soon will be in line for the executive amnesty.

Amnesty proponents would argue that none of these illegal alien parents of U.S. citizens should be cruelly separated from their U.S. citizen children by deportation to their home country. I would argue that none of these children, neither the newborns nor Herrera’s newly arrived “unaccompanied” daughter, have meaningful ties to the United States that would merit any relief from deportation. If their parents are deported, the children should go with them. There is no law that says U.S. citizens must reside and be raised in the United States.

Perhaps there are some cases that are more compelling for amnesty, such as long-resident illegal aliens with good moral character who lack a history of multiple immigration offenses. But the gimmick that the president has chosen–parents of U.S. citizen or legally resident children (parents of DACA Dreamers?) is simply designed to cover as many illegal aliens as possible in one arbitrary category.

Send us your examples of other likely candidates for executive amnesty; surely there are plenty of other not-so-sympathetic cases for the president’s executive amnesty!

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  • MannyR

    My god is there about to be a tidal wave of anger and resentment toward Hispanics and Latinos in our country.

    • Bossman

      Why? Unauthorized immigrants are from every country in the world.

      • Ike Eichenberg

        True, but percentages matter. There aren’t that many illegal Swedes to get mad at.

        But I agree with your implication.
        Our outrage should not be limited to one particular group but all who are stealing there place here from a citizen or lawful resident.

        • George Costanza

          Would you rather have well educated, attractive Swedes coming to the US illegally? or retarded, diseased, criminally prone 3rd world-er’s from south America…?

          • Ike Eichenberg

            I don’t think there is any question what groups are beneficial and what groups are destructive.

          • mobilebay

            How about having zero immigration for awhile? The left loves to use the phrase “We are a country of immigrants.” At the moment, we are a country of illegal aliens. Since we were once considered that, does it mean we have to continue to be the dumping ground of the world? We once had slavery…but it was wrong and we stopped it. We once did not allow women to vote..;.but it was wrong and we stopped it. We once allowed child labor…but it was wrong and we corrected it. We now have an invasion…but it’s never been stopped and will continue to be the primary reason for the destruction of this nation. We heard a promise to “fundamentally change this country”…and that’s one promise that’s been kept.

          • ElComadreja

            We are not a country of immigrants. Most of us were born here. We’re Native Americans.

          • mobilebay

            You’re right, ElComdreja. I well know that. From the paternal side of my family, I had two generations that were here before the Revolutionary War. My 4th great-grandfather fought in that war of independence, I don’t think these about- to- be “new” citizens will ever appreciate what it means to be an American, unlike the true immigrants of old.

      • MannyR

        By using your rational I should park my backside in your living room and call you a nativist if you object. This is only happening in white countries and we all know who’s behind it.

        • David Ashton

          White countries: A successful village school in Lincolnshire, England, has recently been given a bad government report just because its children were predominantly white English, and therefore lacked multiculturalism.

      • ElComadreja

        Pretty disingenuous statement. This is mainly a Hispanic problem (Yes I know Brazilians are Lusitanics. South of the border is all Hispanic as far as most are concerned).

    • antiquesunlight

      We can only hope so. If this doesn’t tick white people off enough to do something, not much can, I’m afraid.

    • ElComadreja

      I think we’ve already had about enough of them. I’d love to go back to the days when I had trouble finding jalapeno peppers in the supermarket.

  • Who Might Benefit from Executive Amnesty?

    1. Those receiving the quasi-legal status and the work permit

    2. The employer class (and not just in industries that are supposedly dependent on cheap illegal alien Hispanic labor)

    3. The Democrat Party.

    • OyVey00

      4. The tribe.

      • David Ashton

        Re: 4. What about the Muslim terrorists, third-world Israel-haters, blacks who see the tribe as former slavers & current commercial exploiters? Just asking.

  • Dave

    Our gov’t is run by nothing but criminals.

    • Petronius

      It is about to become illegal to make illegals illegal.

      And against the law to make a law enforcing the law.

    • ElComadreja

      It was bound to happen as soon as America became far gone enough to elect a black.

  • NoMosqueHere

    When blacks perceive a threat, real or imagined, to their community they mobilize. Whites, on the other hand, do nothing.

    • Ike Eichenberg

      Whites need a leader to give them a reason to fight, blacks just need a target of opportunity.

    • antiquesunlight

      I’m not convinced that whites perceive a threat. That is a big part of the problem we face. Most of us are so secure and isolated from reality, and so brainwashed, that we don’t see the threat.

      • Anna Tree

        But even if those whites don’t see the threat, shouldn’t they be at least angry at the crime: the children of a thief should not enjoy the stolen goods.

        • antiquesunlight

          They certainly should be, but I guess my thinking is that if they were angry at the crime in the way you describe, that would mean they perceive the threat. The threat is that illegal immigration breaks down our sovereignty (which threatens our community) and changes the character of our nation (which very directly threatens our community) in a way we aren’t in control of. I think a lot of white people do not realize that, so they think of illegal immigration as being about on the same level as some technically illegal and perhaps annoying, but minor, crime like jaywalking or something.

      • David Ashton

        Are they unaware of or just resigned to the demographic change on its way?

        • antiquesunlight

          Well I think they are aware that the demographics are changing, but I think many of them do not really understand what that means. It’s a vague abstraction in their minds. My prayer is that the tag team of Obamnesty and Ferguson will open a lot of eyes.

  • Bossman

    So-called illegal aliens come from every country in the world and not just from south of the U.S. border.

    • Sick of it

      You’re right – We should kick them ALL out.

      • ElComadreja

        I don’t care if they come from Mexico or Russia but we all know where most of them come from. Bossman is a troll and a moron.

    • antiquesunlight

      Why do you insist on missing the point on every issue that has anything to do with Hispanics? Obviously, Mexicans and Central Americans comprise the overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants. That is why they are the groups most people mention.

    • Juggernaut3000

      The vast majority of illegal aliens come from third world Mexico and Central America.

      And you know it.

  • Roninf9

    Who Might Benefit from Executive Amnesty?

    The US Chamber of Commerce and the GOP Establishment

  • De Doc

    What galls me the most is the presumptuous arrogance of these interlopers, thinking they are owed all these goodies by the tax paying citizens of the USA just by showing up. When was the last time you heard a report about any of this human debris mustering up at least a simple “Thank you” (that’s ‘Gracias’ to our undocumented readers) for the troubles? Ingrates, every last one of ’em!

  • disqus_irCdmAu8It

    Barack has done all he can to destroy the USA.

    • Ike Eichenberg

      I agree he’s trying, but I’m not sure he has played his last card.

      So I wouldn’t say he’s done yet.

      • MannyR

        He’s going after guns next mark my words.

        • Remember, early last year, he was supposed to issue a big executive order to do that. When he finally got around to his imperial decree, it turned out to be almost entirely useless fluff and a laundry list of suggestions and ordering Federal bureaucrats to do what they’re already supposed to do.

          If he actually tried that, you’ll see some genuine resistance and pushback from the “opposition,” far more than you’re going to see over amnesty. Remember, NRA cuts lots of checks.

  • kjh64

    First of all, the children born to these women have dual citizenship. Latin American countries like Mexico have citizenship based on blood, not where you are born, so these kids born in America are also Mexican citizens. Secondly, we should get rid of birthright citizenship where kids born here are US citizens, that is a misinterpretation of our constitution.

    • Ike Eichenberg

      Birthright citizenship may be the most destructive thing ever foisted on the country.

      There was a reason for the second clause in “a person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” but it is unlikely our government will ever correctly interpret that clause.

  • antiquesunlight

    “On Saturday, November 8, 2014, a woman who is a resident of Mexico arrived at the border crossing in Presidio, Texas, in an advanced stage of labor.”

    That kind of flagrant exploitation of legal loopholes makes me inexpressibly angry.

    • jviscont1

      that reminds me of the long ago tale of a Nazarene mom-to-be entering Bethlehem and being told to find room in the manger. pregnant women… who needs them.

    • Ngati Pakeha

      I totally agree. I can’t think of a more blatant manifestation of entirely self-serving intent.

    • Anna Tree

      Beside the fact that those “mothers” are endangering their unborn child that way.

      (I put quotes because a mother shouldn’t endanger her unborn child that way)
      It’s almost as if they are getting pregnant for the loophole, but we know they don’t, they continue to get pregnant many times after…

    • willbest

      It would be nice if the 100 mile constitution free zone that runs along the southern border would include not granting birthright citizenship.

  • Shlomo Schekelstein

    I’ve studied this situation carefully and believe that this needs to happen. It will happen sooner or later, as Republicans will never deport anyway, so let’s hasten the day. We will be 20 trillion in debt when Obama is through. Everyone here knows that more illegal aliens from the 3rd world will add more debt. Let it happen. When inflation hits and US default is on the table, its better to be sooner than when whites are less than 50% of the population. Deep down, we know there’s no other way out right now. Social services will be eliminated, which will adversely affect minorities. All sorts of good things can happen like secession, self deportations, etc. Our economy can never function normally with that much debt. We can’t fix this. Bush’s mess was bad enough, this guy just did it in. Hasten the day.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      Are you related to Solomon Geldfresser?

  • Whitesneedtobebrave

    Only Jose and Pablo and the hooked nosed Jews will benefit from amnesty. Americans will not benefit from amnesty.

  • newscomments70

    I think Obama’s amnesty might be advantageous. It already kicked many democrats out of congress and it might spark a violent uprising. The Republican back door amnesty is worse. Everyone is stagnant and nothing happens.

  • Brian Jr.

    As a former Marine and once proud American, I never thought the moment would come when I could honestly say I hate this country. That moment is here.

    • mobilebay

      Brian, please don’t hate your country. The foundation on which this nation was built is still solid. It’s only people who’ve changed and intend to destroy that foundation. Hate their ideas if you must, for they are traitors, but no nation was ever conceived as this one was and I pray that eventually it will find the way back to its origins.

      • Brian Jr.

        I understand what you are saying, but this is not the same country as it was and it will never go back to what it used to be.

        • barry irving

          …that’s why you should dump the White Pride world wide stupidity. All around the world, people shun idiots like you for your bigotry and general ignorance.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      I feel for you, brother. And take no offense. I was born when America existed, now I don’t recognize it. I have to believe thousands of European-Americans, presently in uniform and formerly, have your same sentiments.

      These two guys need to ask themselves who they’re fighting for. Is that a medal or a noose Obama Bin Laden is placing around their necks?

    • awb

      Same here. USMC. I hate TPTB.

    • barry irving

      …what happened to White Pride?…just a logo huh bubba?…you can leave any time. There’s a cave somewhere in Europe with your name on it!

  • Bossman

    Blacks were unwilling immigrants to the Americas. Their ancestors were kidnapped in the middle of the night and brought here against their will. Whereas, the ancestors of the Mestizos were roaming North America as much as 20,000 years ago.

    • ElComadreja

      The blacks were sold into slavery by Arabs and their own people. The mestizos are half Spanish European.

  • mobilebay

    Can the same charter take Rep. Luis Gutierrez? He is the leading traitor in this country. I get ill each time he appears on TV.

  • mobilebay

    Obama’s reply is, “The longer they’ve been here, the more rewards they get.”