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Bureaucrats: ‘We don’ need no steenkin’ statutes.’
Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 2 August 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)

Posted on 08/03/2010 1:25:46 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob

The facts for this article, but not the legal conclusions, come from an internal memorandum in the US Department of Homeland Security, Division of Citizenship and Immigration. This extraordinary document is from the Chief Counsel and the Directors of Policy and Strategy, Field Operations and Service Center Operations. It is addressed to the Director of that Office.

Though the ACLU has no direct involvement in this memo, it is entirely in line with the ACLU’s position that everyone who can sneak across the border is immediately entitled to all the benefits available to Americans and to legal residents in America.

Here is the title: Administrative Alternatives to Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Well, what does that mean? It means, how can we, the bureaucrats, do what the President wants. Ignore the fact that Congress has not acted. Never mind the fact that the people are adamantly and clearly opposed to amnesty for people who are in this nation illegally.

In its first paragraph entitled “Purpose,” these bureaucrats say, in bureau-speak, what they really have in mind. This memo was written to “reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization….” What does that mean? It means reducing by millions the number of illegal aliens.

The memo offers two ways to accomplish that result, which President Obama and most of the Democrats in Congress want to happen. The first is to use bureaucratic means to make many of these illegals into instant Americans who can vote, get free education up to grade 12, medical benefits, welfare benefits, etc. The other part is to delay the adjudications and end the imprisonments for millions of illegals so they can remain permanently in the US, with many of the same benefits.

To get a clear explanation of what these bureaucrats are proposing, consider a scene in the classic film, “The Treasure of Sierra Madre.” Humphrey Bogart and the other gold miners are confronted in Mexico by heavily-armed bandits who claim to be federal police. Bogart says, “Where are your badges?” The lead bandit replies with the memorable phrase, “We don’ need no steenkin’ badges.”

Even though the Constitution says that immigration law is solely in the hands of the Congress, these bureaucrats are saying, “We don’ need no steenkin’ Constitution, or Congress, or statutes….”

In nineteen separate sections, this memo outlines how bureaucrats can stretch the law and the regulations, always in favor of illegal immigrants, and always to the detriment of ordinary, law-abiding Americans and legal aliens. An illustration of the approach of all these proposals is the first one.

The title is “Allow TPS Applications Who Entered without inspections to Adjust or Change Status.” For a long time the official position of immigration counsel have been that people who broke the law and snuck into the country are not entitled to seek a change to legal status while remaining in the country. The memo suggests that the General Counsel’s office reverse that position. The plain word for this change is “amnesty.” Note that a robber who breaks into a bank at night could be described as a “customer who entered without inspection.”

People who think like this do not belong in any government based on a written Constitution, and the rule of law, where elected representatives have the responsibility for writing the laws for the nation.

Source on the Internet:

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arizona; bogart; illegals; immigration
I wrote this for a client of mine, the American Civil Rights Union, this week. They have now published this on the Internet, so I'm free to share this with my colleagues on FreeRepublic.


John / Billybob

1 posted on 08/03/2010 1:25:48 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob
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To: Congressman Billybob
I read that as "We don't need no steeenkin' STATES", but I imagine that is true too.
2 posted on 08/03/2010 1:33:28 PM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: Congressman Billybob

‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ / ‘abuse of power’ kind of stuff?

right up Congre$$’s alley.. now that the swamp has been drained.

3 posted on 08/03/2010 1:40:30 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Congressman Billybob
What I'd like to know about this:

Who asked the Division of Citizenship and Immigration to prepare this memo?

If these measures were adopted, could they be reversed by a pro-American administration, or would the illegal aliens have some legal right to what the Obama administration gave them?

4 posted on 08/03/2010 2:13:36 PM PDT by omega4412
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To: Congressman Billybob


5 posted on 08/03/2010 2:18:24 PM PDT by phockthis
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To: All

Help Texas watch her borders. Watch live on 14 cameras and report illegals. Night cams in operation

6 posted on 08/03/2010 2:22:43 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: omega4412
If these measures were adopted, could they be reversed by a pro-American administration, or would the illegal aliens have some legal right to what the Obama administration gave them?

You could make changes at that point but they would not be retroactive on people who were already adjudicated favorably. It is much easier to give than to take away.

7 posted on 08/03/2010 3:11:33 PM PDT by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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