Almost three years after I wrote Obama Regime's Administrative Amnesty: Impeachment Is The Only Answer, the issue of White House lawlessness is finally, half-heartedly, being noticed in Congress:
Obama has been pressured by Democrats to use executive powers to slow deportations and make de facto reforms to immigration, something Boehner warned would derail any efforts entirely.
“That will make it almost impossible to ever do immigration reform, because he will spoil the well to the point where no one will trust him by giving him a new law that he will implement the way the Congress intended,” Boehner said.
John Boehner: Obama “will spoil the well”, by Tal Kopan, April 8, 2014
So Amnesty may not pass—but the Obama Regime plans to implement it anyway. And it looks like this was the plan all along.
The Regime’s Administrative Amnesty has been ignored (or secretly supported) by treacherous Republicans.
And anti-white, anti-American groups have also received promises from their Minority Occupation Government that the Regime will act within three months if there is no bill on the President’s desk. [ Activists: We want an emancipator, not a ‘deporter in chief,’ by Richard Gonzales, NPR, March 29, 2014]
The Regime is also trumpeting a review of deportation policy. [Obama orders review of US deportation practices Associated Press, March 13, 2014] This review apparently includes ending all actions against aliens who violated deportation orders and even against those who were deported but infiltrated again later. [ Who Should Be Deported, by John Sandweg, Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2014]
This would effectively end immigration enforcement in the United States…except for aliens with especially blatant criminal convictions.
It is becoming clear that the Regime’s plan has been more deliberate, detailed, and comprehensive than previously imagined. Step by step, the Regime is seeing what it can get away with.
Initially, it was the Main Stream Media’s pet “DREAMers” who just were innocently brought to the country, or those who just wanted to the jobs Americans “won’t do.” Then it was Administrative amnesty for all family members of current or former members of the Armed Services.
Now it’s outright criminals. This particularly stratagem was contained within one of the Regime’s prior tactics—that of using the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), to limit deportations.
The Obama Regime stopped appealing decisions that the government “lost” to the EOIR. Of course, the EOIR is composed of executive branch employees who administer deportation hearings. Essentially, therefore, the Regime ensured that it had a quasi-judicial cover so it did not have to deport any criminal aliens—and the only “check” on this lawless behavior was their own employees.
As a result, even (or perhaps especially) aliens with long criminal records were allowed to stay in the country.
A key example: the 2011 case of Jose Manuel Gonzalez-Sandoval, a Mexican legal immigrant with a frightening criminal record. He was handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but the EOIR allowed him to stay in the country. Not surprisingly, he went on to commit more violent crimes
But the point is that the GOP has allowed the Regime to get away with this. There was no push-back over the Immigration Court Amnesty. (Remember, all this happened directly before a Presidential election—but GOP nominee Mitt Romney said nothing).
Since behavior that is not punished is repeated, the Regime continued its scheme to elect a new people by administrative action.
Now the Obama Regime no longer conceals its willingness—even eagerness—to welcome aliens with criminal records.
In February 2013, ICE released more than 2,200 immigration detainees, including “Level 1” offenders with aggravated felonies and criminal histories that stretched decades. [ Immigrant caught in the middle of national debate, by Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, April 15, 2013]
Having gotten away with that, the Regime is now moving to establish this as a sweeping policy. According to The Daily Caller,
In a guidance distributed to congressional offices and obtained by The Daily Caller, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is reopening cases in which applications for provisional unlawful presence waivers were denied to criminals.
According to the notice, USCIS had determined that applicants should not be denied an I-601A waiver due to a past criminal offense so long as it “falls under the petty offense or youthful offender exceptions or is not considered a crime involving moral turpitude.” Last week, USCIS began reopening waiver applications denied due ‘solely’ to a prior criminal offense before January 24, 2014, “in order to determine whether there is reason to believe the prior criminal offense might render the applicant inadmissible.”
The notice does not specify what types of crimes constitute a “petty offense,” and defines neither “youthful offender” nor “a crime involving moral turpitude.”
[ DHS Giving Illegal Immigrant ‘Petty’ Criminals Second Chance In Waiver Application Process, by Caroline May, March 24, 2014]
Most recently, the corruption case involving immigrant Democratic California State Senator Leland Yee revealed a disturbing new method the Regime is using to keep criminals in the country. Yee’s alleged accomplice, immigrant Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, has a lengthy criminal history. Mysteriously, however, he was allowed to stay in the country.
According to an FBI agent's affidavit filed in the case, Chow
is currently in this country while awaiting resolution of an application to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to obtain an S-visa (which is a type of visa issued to witnesses in criminal proceedings). As a result of this application, CHOW currently wears an ankle bracelet and is under the supervision of an ICE deportation officer. According to a plea agreement that CHOW signed when pleading guilty to federal racketeering charges in 2000, CHOW was at that time an admitted member of the San Francisco-based Hop Sing Tong (herein "HST") and one of the leaders of criminal activities engaged in by the underlings of this organization. As part of his role in this organization, CHOW engaged in such activities as heroin and cocaine trafficking, attempted murder, arson, robbery, gambling and extortionate credit transactions. CHOW was sentenced to a total of 160 months on these charges, but ultimately served a shorter sentence after receiving consideration for cooperating in United States v. Chong, CR-92-00260-DLJ. In August of 2006, after being released from federal incarceration, CHOW was sworn in as the new Dragonhead, or leader, of the CKT, soon after the murder of the previous Dragonhead, Allen Ngai Leung; that murder remains unsolved.
My emphasis. The S visa is supposed to be used for those who assist law enforcement. Instead, we find it is being used to allow hugely influential criminals stay in the country.
Where does all this end? It will only stop when there is principled pushback by the Congressional opposition to the Obama Regime’s lawlessness. Otherwise, there is absolutely no reason to expect the Regime will stop at youthful offenders and petty crimes. After all, each new Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow is a likely Democratic voter.
But why would John Boehner, Marco Rubio, or Rand Paul do anything about this now? At no point throughout this process have they raised a peep. And so the process continues.
The blogger Federale (Email him) is a 4th generation Californian and a veteran of federal law enforcement, including service in the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal law enforcement agencies.
Federale's opinions do not represent those of the Department of Homeland Security or the federal government, and are an exercise of rights protected by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.