The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee today fired off a letter to the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement demanding answers on President Obama’s order regarding young illegal immigrants, calling the policy change “an overreach of executive branch authority” and “a magent for fraud.”
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) asked ICE Director John Morton to provide his committee with answers about how the department will prevent fraud in the processing and implementation of the policy to stop deportations.
“To add insult to injury, internal documents obtained by the House Judiciary Committee reveal that President Obama is already granting amnesty to illegal immigrants although the Department of Homeland Security stated it would take 60 days to implement the Administration’s amnesty plan,” Smith wrote. “The documents demonstrate that illegal immigrants have already benefited from the new policy, even though there are no standards in place.”
The chairman called the administration’s “brazen move… a campaign sound bite and not sound policy.”
“Illegal immigrants will be eager to purchase fake documents showing that they arrived in the United States before the age of 16,” Smith continued. “And many ‘entrepreneurs’ will be eager to meet the demand for fake documents.”
Three pages of the six-page letter contain 32 questions for the director to answer, ranging from what the administration policy considers a “significant misdemeanor” that would disqualify an immigrant from the program to whether the applicant will be investigated for Social Security fraud.
Requesting not only answers to his questions but ongoing briefings from ICE, Smith said the evidence shows “little if any thought was put toward actual implementation of the policy.”
“Such a lack of forethought about processing and implementation prior to announcement of the policy is a dereliction of the duty the President vowed to uphold,” Smith wrote. “Unfortunately, this Administration continues to place partisan politics and illegal immigrants ahead of the American people and the rule of law.”