Published on September 13, 2011 by La Coalición
In her Letter to the Editor dated September 12, 2011 (“Obama immigration policy costs Americans jobs”), U.S. Representative Sue Myrick addressed the August announcement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) concerning prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases.
Rep. Myrick erroneously stated that the “administration's new immigration policy is nothing but back-door amnesty” which “will allow illegal immigrants to be released and granted work permits.” The DHS announcement makes no mention of “amnesty” or that anyone will be “granted work permits.” The only stated intention is to focus limited enforcement resources on undocumented immigrants with criminal records. It is not an amnesty, it doesn’t allow for the abandonment of deportation laws, it is not a blanket deferral of removal for any group, nor does it provide work permits or any other relief.
Rep. Myrick knows that the current immigration system is woefully broken. Some measure to prioritize the existing overwhelming caseload is the minimum that we should expect from our federal government. Currently, DHS has resources to deal with approximately 4% of its immigration caseload.
Clearly Rep. Myrick is disappointed with this measure. Instead of misrepresenting and maligning a minor reform, she should champion comprehensive immigration reform at the national level to make our laws effective and enforceable. After all, that’s what she has been elected to do.
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