Via National Review:
According to an internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memo going the rounds of Capitol Hill and obtained by National Review, the agency is considering ways in which it could enact “meaningful immigration reform absent legislative action” — that is, without the consent of the American people through a vote in Congress.Then, in true Obama administration fashion, when confronted with uncomfortable facts about what its opponents know, stonewalling ensues:
“This memorandum offers administrative relief options to . . . reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization,” it reads.
In recent weeks, Sen. Chuck Grassley and others in Congress have been pressing the administration to disavow rumors that a de facto amnesty is in the works, including in a letter to Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano. “Since the senators first wrote to the president more than a month ago, we have not been reassured that the plans are just rumors, and we have every reason to believe that the memo is legitimate,” a Grassley spokesman tells NR. (NR contacted DHS, but a spokesman did not have a comment on the record.)It should be more apparent than ever that Congress has lost its backbone and its limp exoskeleton is being stomped on.
NRO also posted a portion of the USCIS response memo to inquiries about the leaked memo. Here is a portion of that response:
Internal memoranda help us do the thinking that leads to important changes; some of them are adopted and others are rejected. Our goal is to implement policies wisely and well to strengthen all aspects of our mission.Is it me or does that sound like a combination between the Journolist response to being outed as a repository for liberal hacks and the main argument of the Blagojevich defense team, that Blago may have white-boarded talk of extortion, bribes, blackmail, and corruption but he didn't mean it?
HERE is a link to the entire USCIS memo.
h/t to Free Republic