Homeland Security Abandons Amnesty Background Checks

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Snubbing her nose at America

Snubbing her nose at America

The Foundry: Last week, government watchdog Judicial Watch issued a report that showed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) abandoning ordinary background checks due to a surge in amnesty applications as a result of President Obama’s executive action last year.

If DHS cannot manage a few hundred thousand temporary amnesty applications, it is scary to think about how it will handle 10 million or more amnesty applications that would occur as a result of the Senate’s immigration reform bill.

Based on e-mails and documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Judicial Watch’s report revealed that DHS agents were operating under irregular and inconsistent orders on how to manage Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications. This resulted in DHS moving in September 2012 to a “lean and light” system of background checks, with only a few randomly selected applications being processed.

Then on November 9, 2012—three days after the re-election of President Obama—the entire agency was told to “put all DACA work on hold until further notice.” Judicial Watch received no other documents indicating how or when DHS resumed background checks—if they have even resumed at all.

Under the Senate’s immigration bill, S. 744, the vast majority of the estimated 11.5 million unlawful immigrants would be given registered provisional immigrant status after passing a background check. This is supposed to ensure that criminal aliens or national security threats are not being allowed to remain in the U.S. DHS, however, would only have six months to prepare for this flood of amnesty applications and background checks.

This is in addition to the many other things that DHS would have to do, including launching new border security plans and enforcement systems, creating and executing a biometric exit system, administering new visas, overseeing new agricultural worker programs, and implementing a brand new employment verification program.

Then add to that the ways in which the executive branch could use its discretion to distort the system. Judicial Watch’s FOIA requests also uncovered the former Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, actively urging unlawful immigrants to pursue employment. She told workers that “federal laws are very clear and protect all workers equally, whether or not they have papers.” The former Secretary needs a lesson on U.S. immigration and labor laws, because that’s not the way it works.

President Obama’s DACA, Solis’s statement, and countless other actions show that this Administration will enforce immigration laws the way it wants to. Together with the sheer volume of work DHS has to do under S. 744, it doesn’t leave a lot of hope for real background checks.


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0 responses to “Homeland Security Abandons Amnesty Background Checks

  1. Abolish DOH,along with every other govt agency. Cut govt. back to a skeleton crew. Remove and replace with “Constitutional Representatives.”

  2. John McCain, Lindsy Graham, and Marco Rubio need to get a damned reality check. First of all, there aren’t 11,000,000 illegal aliens in the United States. That number is a flat out lie and came from the 2000 Census. The current estimate is somewhere around 30,000,000.
    Anyone who actually believes the GOP will begin attracting Hispanics if they make them all legal needs to be put in a padded room. Last time the Republicans were stupid enough to believe these liars was 1986 and not only did the Democrats never secure the border as mandated, all these “less than high school educated” voters faced with the prospects of subsidized housing, food stamps, welfare, were a perfect fit for the democratic party.

    And worst of all… before 1986, California had been a red state since it was granted statehood… and it hasn’t voted for a republican presidential candidate since.

    Their next target is Texas, which may be achieved if this amnesty bill passes. If they flood texas with “new voters” and take the state… this nation becomes a 1 party deal.

  3. Has Janet been taking lessons from the prez on arrogance? Look at that nose in the air… She’d drown in a good rainstorm!

  4. She is arrogant. If the American government can illegally spy on the many (LEGAL) Americans living in the USA, I am sure Homeland Security-American- Government can check on the peoples backgrounds whom apply for citizenship. They have plenty of time. By all the trash, lies, and falseness going on in the American government this should open the Americans eyes. We have many in our government who only care about themselves and what they can achieve or get for themselves. They do not care for the Americans, values, respect or our country, many of these politicians only care about themselves and destroying the U.S.

  5. Lets see if we can EF this country up a little more! I feel so sad for my yet to be conceived grand children. What a mess.


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