Admin Announces Unilateral Executive Action Offering
Path To Citizenship For Thousands Of Migrants
LIFEZETTE — The Obama administration this week launched a back-door end-run around around immigration law, expanding a program could lead to green cards for thousands of Central Americans who would not otherwise qualify.
The initiative is an extension of a program begun at the end of 2014 to address the surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America who began showing up en masse at the U.S.-Mexican border that summer. It was designed to provide a safe alternative to the dangerous trek by land for children from El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras who are eligible to come to the United States legally. That would be any child with a parent living legally in the United States.
The expansion, though, would open the doors to a broader group of people. Foreigners living in the United States on a “temporary” basis will now be able to sponsor not just minor children but those who are older than 21, and the biological parent of qualified children. And in a first-of-its-kind twist, qualified children could bring “caregivers,” who are extended relatives of the sponsor.
“Not even legal immigrants [with permanent residency status] are allowed to do that,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. “It’s such a scandalous circumvention of immigration law.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican who chairs the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, blasted Obama for establishing an “extralegal chain migration system” that benefits even illegal immigrants.