Senate demands answers from DHS on leaked docs that show administration defiance of amnesty ban
We covered the story earlier this week of documents leaked from DHS showing the agency looking to circumvent the injunction issued by a federal judge in Texas that prohibited the federal government from implementing the president's immigration executive orders. The agency prepared several options, which included changing a regulation that would have allowed the president to issue millions of green cards.
That leak caught the attention of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who now want answers from DHS about what they're up to.
The group, led by Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called for DHS to explain the origin and status of internal memos publishedMonday.
"Granting employment authorization to illegal immigrants under the proposed scheme would accomplish, by different means, the de factolegalization of the population intended to be legalized by the enjoined DAPA program," Republicans charged.
The agency's proposed regulations would change immigration regulations to allow foreign workers in the U.S., potentially including illegal aliens, to get a green card if an employer sponsors him or her, even if the sponsorship has expired.
The move by DHS would circumvent a program to provide amnesty for illegal immigrants that was the subject of a lawsuit brought by 26 states this year.
Other senators on the letter were David Vitter, R-La., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, John Cornyn, R-Texas, Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Mike Lee, R-Utah, David Perdue, R-Ga., Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Ted Cruz R-Texas.
The committee asked for a response by Nov. 12.
"We want assurances that the administration will refrain from moving forward with any such proposal that harms the integrity of our legal immigration system and violates the law," the letter concluded.
There has been no comment from the White House on the leaked memorandum, which isn't surprising, given that they've been caught red-handed trying to get around the ruling by a federal judge. Neither has there been any response from the federal judge who issued the injunction. As a rule, federal judges get angry when an administration tries to go behind their backs or pull the wool over their eyes. I suspect that the judge is going to want an explanation also.
No doubt DHS will claim they were only examining "hypothetical" situations and had no intention of carrying out a plan to give green cards to millions of illegals. But given the track record of this administration in obeying the basic laws of the land, it's doubtful that too many Republicans will believe them.