Goodlatte: Obama Program Could Put ‘Hundreds of Thousands’ of Illegal Immigrants on Path to Citizenship

Caroline May
Big Government
13 Feb 2015

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is shining the light on a change made to the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that could put hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.

According to the House Judiciary Committee, the Obama administration announced Thursday that it will allow illegal immigrants seeking deferred status to apply for DACA and advance parole (which allows them to travel abroad and reenter the country) simultaneously.

The committee explains that once an immigrant receives advance parole, they could be able to adjust their status and get on a track to citizenship.

Goodlatte raised the issue in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson Friday; the Virginia lawmaker highlighted President Obama’s assertion that DACA would not lead to citizenship.

“When announcing the creation of the DACA program on June 15, 2012, President Obama stated from the White House Rose Garden that, ‘Now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship.’” Goodlatte wrote. “Unfortunately your Department seems to be acting contrary to the President’s intent in its implementation of DACA and the expanded DACA program set to begin next Wednesday, February 18, 2015.”

The Judiciary chairman called the new changes to the program a “sneaky attempt to place potentially hundreds of thousands of unlawful immigrants on a path to citizenship.”

In his missive to Johnson Goodlatte requested data related to the changes.

“When the President of the United States tells the American people that DACA is ‘not a path to citizenship,’ no agency should take action in direct conflict with that statement. To do so is misleading the American people,” he wrote…



Read the Congressman’s letter at Big Government.



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