July 30th, 2010
06:46 PM ET
13 years ago

Senate Republicans decry what they call 'amnesty' memo

Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans have an internal memo from the Department of Homeland Security which they say shows the Obama administration "conspiring" and "scheming" to allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States

At issue is an 11-page memo prepared for the head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services entitled, "Administrative Alternatives to Comprehensive Immigration Reform." It was obtained by Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, who said the intent of the memo is "...to find very secret creative ways to unilaterally circumvent the law and have a backdoor to amnesty."

The memo says, "The following options... used alone or in combination... have the potential to result in meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action."

It lays out how to reduce the threat of removal for many illegal immigrants through administrative and regulatory changes... characterizing one as "a non-legislative version of amnesty."

USCIS says it was merely a brainstorming memo. In a statement, the department said, "Internal memos do not and should not be equated with official action of policy of the Department... DHS will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation's entire illegal immigrant population."

Grassley says it is "ridiculous" to think a memo containing this kind of detail was drawn up without specific direction from someone in the administration. "Bureaucrats don't write memos like that for the fun of it," he said.

Grassley and 11 other senators are asking Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to disclose how many times DHS has used its "discretionary authority to let people who are illegally in the country to stay."

A news release from Grassley's office stated, "This authority is meant to be used only in unusual, emergent or humanitarian circumstances.

The administration has yet to answer our letter about reports that it may be planning a large-scale, defacto amnesty program through deferred action and parole."

The letter was signed by Sens. Grassley, Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), David Vitter (R-Louisiana), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Jim Bunning (R-Kentucky), Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama.)

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. A JFK Democrat

    The Commucrats will do anything to stay in power.

    Why the hell are we in Iraq and Afghanistan if the Democrats won't even secure our borders at home? Are American brothers and sisters are dying in a foreign land for NOTHING!

    Obama should be impeached for treason, but the disgraceful and illegitimate state run leftist press continues to protect him.

    July 30, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Gigantor

    To be fair, many of the 25+ million illegal immigrants currently in the US "migrated" during GOP presidential tenures and/or congressional majorities.

    So stay tuned as GOP "minority outreach" becomes more and more apparent as this nation continues its browning trend.

    July 30, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Jon

    God forbid the government knows as much as possible before making a decision that affects the lives of millions of people.

    July 30, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. Carmelle

    Do people realize that many LEGAL immigrants are stuck in the middle of this whole debacle?

    I have been in this country for 10 yrs and they allow me to work, get credit cards, buy houses and cars (in debt up to my neck just like a typical American)...but yet they won't give me a greencard, let alone become a citizen.

    Never broke the law, graduated from college (paid out of pocket since I don't qualify for student loans) with 3.7GPA, volunteer in my community, Christian, hard worker, never had an abortion, no kids out of wedlock......what does it take?

    July 30, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. sue

    I don't agree with the secrecy, especially from an administration that prclaims transparency. With that said, the other issue is that because the Republicans seem to be blocking everything the President wants and has become the "Party of No" how else are they going to get anything done? I'm a dreamer, I'll admit. I just think both parties should suck it up and move on and work together for the betterment of the country rather than for their own personal political gains. I DON'T want a benevolent dictator or a dictator of any kind for that matter, but I am also very tired of the inability of adults to compromise and negotiate. Talk about a bad example for our young people today!!!

    July 30, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. La Piovra

    These senators are sorry. I don't mean they're apologetic.

    July 30, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. GOP...

    is running out of ideas. How low can they go? Slithering on their yellow bellies...

    July 30, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. lforlegend

    re'Publicans are terrorists, always lying.

    July 30, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. Lisa in FL

    Oh, good God. These damn republicans are a piece of work, aren't they? Let us all be reminded that it was their Patron St. Reagan who allowed some 10 million illegals into this country which is just about how many are still here now. Check your history folks. It is the democrats who have consistently pushed for comprehensive reform. You know secure the borders AND procedures for a path to citizenship/guest worker programs. But whenever the "path" word comes up, the dopes of nope scream "AMNESTY"!!!. Gee. What would St. Reagan do. Well, he already did. So, what say you now baggers?

    July 30, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. they call me "tater salad"

    For a political party that is so confident about their chances to "take over" in November, there seems to be no shortage of desperation in everything they say and do lately! The funny part is, their desperation grows more obvious and pathetic as November draws closer! Good bye GOP.........It's been real and it's been nice but, it hasn't exactly been real nice so don't let the door hit ya where where that "heavenly father" guy split ya!........Oh and don't forget to take your Bibles when you leave, you might need all that paper to heat your Mc Mansions! The winter is cold all by itself.....But it's even colder when you're unemployed.......Been there, done that........Enjoy!!!

    July 30, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. WhoKnewIt

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is the reason Arizona is having the trouble they are having. She did nothing to stop or prevent the illegals from crossing the border when she was Governor. She did NOTHING to stop the "flow". How SHE was EVER chosen for that position is beyond me. She must of promised Obama all the votes from the illegals once they received "amnesty". And McCain is leading the parade right behind her....I wouldn't put anything past either of them.

    July 30, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. J-wowww

    Typical dem tactics, if they can't get votes, just deem it passed and do what they like. Our democracy is dying.

    July 30, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  13. vs

    Typical GOP pandering to its racist, bigoted base

    July 30, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Kate

    First, I hope that we have some way to make exceptions in special cases. However, this crowd hollers about every forgery or made-up issue it can get its hands on just to play aint it awful with other conservatives. So I don't believe them any more.i

    July 30, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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