Despite the massive setbacks for the Obama administration at the hands of federal courts, the president is planning more executive amnesty decisions in the coming weeks.
According to a new plan, Washington Free Beacon‘s Elizabeth Harrington reports, the administration will allow illegal immigrants in the U.S. to apply for waivers rather than being forced to return home before applying for legal entry.
In the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security, the rule is an extension of an previous provision that allowed for immigrants with an American spouse or parent to remain in the country.
Critics argue that the rule change is a “slap in the face” to immigrants who have complied with current law by applying for legal status from abroad and that it threatens to encourage more illegal immigration to the U.S.
Additionally, the authority of DHS to make such changes to immigration policy is sure to be up for debate.
As Harrington writes:
DHS said it is proposing the rule based on its “broad authority” under the Homeland Security Act of 2002.