‘Back door amnesty’ a cynical political ploy by Obama

Rick Moran
American Thinker

President Obama is in trouble with an important part of his coalition – Hispanic voters. While it is common among Republicans to criticize Obama’s border policy, the fact is, his immigration enforcement has led to a record number of deportations – more than a million in just three years – and this has angered his Hispanic base.

That, and his unfullfilled promise to pass immigration reform has led to bitter criticism by many leading Hispanics.

What’s a pandering president to do? Soothe the feelings of Hispanics by hugely expanding the “hardship waiver” granted to illegals if their deportation would lead to difficulties for their families.

President Obama moved to repair relations with a crucial voting bloc and opened another battle with Republican lawmakers by easing rules on the politically volatile issue of illegal immigration.

His proposal will probably affect tens of thousands – perhaps more than 100,000 – illegal residents. It would end a requirement that undocumented immigrants with parents or spouses in the United States leave the country first if they wish to file paperwork that would forestall deportation on the grounds of family hardship.

Without the so-called hardship waiver, illegal immigrants are barred from reentering the U.S. for up to 10 years. The existing rule often means that people seeking waivers must separate from their families for months or in some cases years while their applications are processed.

Under the new rule, which does not require congressional approval, immigrants would be allowed to stay in the U.S. and apply for a waiver, which can be granted if deporting an immigrant would cause undue hardship to his or her U.S. family. Once waivers are granted, immigrants may apply for green cards. They would still have to leave the U.S. to make those applications, but because they would have hardship waivers in hand, they would be very likely to gain readmission to the country…

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