Washington, DC – According to an internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo obtained by Senator Chuck Grassley, the Obama administration is scheming to allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States. 

“The Obama administration is conspiring to implement amnesty without any Congressional action,” Ranking Member Lamar Smith (TX-21) said Friday. 

“Once again, the Obama administration says one thing and does another.  The President has promised border security and immigration enforcement. He has said we must hold individuals accountable for their illegal acts.  And, in suing the State of Arizona, the administration argued that it is their responsibility to enforce the laws. 

“But now we find out the truth: while saying one thing to the public, the Obama administration is scheming to ensure that immigration laws are not enforced! 

“How to deal with the millions of illegal immigrants in the country is a question for the people’s representatives in Congress and not for unaccountable federal bureaucrats.

“This is an insult to millions of unemployed citizens and legal immigrants who have to compete with illegal immigrants for scarce jobs.  The Obama administration needs to stop its scheming and put American’s interests first.”

The memo, titled “Administrative Alternatives to Comprehensive Immigration Reform” is designed to “…reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization.”  In other words, to ensure that illegal immigrants will not be deported.  That’s amnesty.

One of the most outrageous proposals is to use DHS’ limited authority to grant deferred action on a broad basis.  The memo proposes using deferred action (or inaction, as it is in practice) to allow certain individuals for whom “no relief appears available” to remain in the U.S. indefinitely and receive work authorization.  This would give amnesty to millions of illegal workers.

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Editor’s Note:  The DHS internal memo is here: DHS Memo.PDF

                        To contact Senator Grassley, call Beth Pellett Levine at (202) 224-6197