Is Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Giving Amnesty to Illegal Aliens?

The August 27, 2010 editorial in on immigration and the New York Times article on the same topic dated August 26  are must reads.

John Morton, head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) agency of the Department of Homeland Security issued a policy memorandum which shifts the focus of the agency to catching and deporting immigrants who have been convicted of crimes or pose a national security threat.  This is a major change of emphasis within the immigration agency.

Morton’s memo encourages the ICE to cancel deportation proceedings on immigrants who have no criminal records and are likely to have residence applications approved, as this would purge huge case backlogs in immigration courts.

ICE officials say their agency has deported 167,000 immigrants with criminal convictions in the past year—up 43 percent over the previous year.

The editorial says this essentially is giving amnesty to the vast majority of illegal aliens now in the U.S.

The National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago says this new policy “is a pretty basic, common sense thing to do.”

Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa is quoted as saying “Unfortunately, it appears this is more evidence that the Obama administration would rather circumvent Congress and give a free pass to illegal immigrants who have already broken our law.”

Article I, Section I of the Constitution says:

“All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

Do you feel Congress has given up its legislative power to the Executive Branch by allowing such decisions to be made by the Executive Branch?