When President Obama announced on June 15 that he would bypass Congress and offer legal status to the so-called DREAMers, he said: “Now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity, this is not a path to citizenship.” False on all three counts, as it turns out.
The grant of Deferred Action status is obviously an amnesty, as it will allow as many as 1.75 million illegal aliens to stay in this country without fear of deportation and includes a work permit. And, in the hands of the Obama administration, it does in fact provide illegal aliens and their families with immunity from immigration enforcement, and possibly other crimes as well, depending on how officials administer the directive. According to the USCIS website (emphasis mine):
Information provided in this request is protected from disclosure to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the purpose of immigration enforcement proceedings unless the requestor meets the criteria for the issuance of a Notice To Appear or a referral to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the criteria set forth in USCIS’s Notice to Appear guidance (www.uscis.gov/NTA) [author's note: Only the most violent offenders fall into this category]. Individuals whose cases are deferred pursuant to the consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals process will not be referred to ICE.
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