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Why Shouldn’t White House Refund Fees to Recent Legal Immigrants?

Some White House aides must be regretting the day in 2012 that it created a “We The People” website, in which it pledged to make an official response to citizen petitions on it that gathered 5,000 digital “signatures.”

Soon the White House had to increase the number of required signatures to 25,000 due to the site’s popularity. Then it increased it again to 100,000 after it had to formally explain its position on Texas seceding from the Union and deporting then–CNN host Piers Morgan. Even that didn’t fend off the pranksters. In 2013, it had to respond to a petition asking for the White House to “secure resources and funding, and begin construction of the Death Star by 2016.” To which the White House responded by saying: “the Administration does not support blowing up planets,” and by asking: “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?” 

Here’s hoping the White House has to respond to this new petition that’s just been posted on its site to tweak the administration’s new executive actions on immigration: 

Given that illegal immigrants did not pay the fees and did not spend the time legal immigrants did in trying to follow the rules, legal immigrants should be compensated the same way. They followed the rules to come into this country and waited in line.

The petition is brand new, but with a little effort the 100,000 signature threshold can be reached and the administration forced to respond.

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