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Surprise: Americans Unlikely to Learn Executive Amnesty Specifics Until After It’s Implemented

The Department of Homeland Security’s memos outlining the recent executive action on immigration withhold details about new guidelines and regulations the Obama administration will use to implement amnesty, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. One memo shows how DHS intends to change the definition of a key component of the provisional-waiver program — the element of “extreme hardship” — so as to provide even more protection for illegal immigrants. Another memo directs the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agencies to develop new regulations, revise existing regulations, and seek out other areas where policies can be changed.

In addition, the report suggests, the Obama administration may bypass the public-comment process by which the American people can voice their concerns about new rules. It notes that in 2012, the administration began accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program before it had even begun soliciting public comments. “These memos are only the beginning and much more policymaking from the executive branch should be expected,” the report states. “It is very possible that Americans will not know how Obama’s new immigration scheme will operate until it is already up and running.”    

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