When I wrote “Rule by decree,” about the Obama administration’s discretionary suspension of deportation proceedings involving illegal aliens deemed not to present public safety of national security risks, I intended to highlight the matter as representative of Obama’s misguided treatment of public policy issues. I forgot to include the discretionary aspect of the relief from otherwise applicable legal requirements that has come to play such a prominent role in the administration’s rewarding of friends and punishment of enemies. One knowledgeable reader amplified my thoughts with this comment:
Having worked in immigration for 15 years now, let me say that this is worse than it seems. Think about the Obamacare waivers. The problem there is that it plays favorites. Who gets the waivers? Whoever the Obama administration favors.
What about those who are here illegally? Well, you don’t just walk up to the Citizenship and Immigration service offices and ask for your green card. Obama can’t do that. Instead, you have to be apprehended by a guy like me. Then, you need to be placed in proceedings and go before a judge. Then, you get the waiver and become a new immigrant to the U.S.
So, I ask you. Knowing this, how many people do you think I want to put into proceedings?
My guess is, it won’t be long now before all the immigrant rights groups wise up and start telling people to turn themselves in to see a judge. This would be the smart thing to do. To be placed in proceedings ASAP. But these proceedings take a long time. Sometimes years. And if Obama doesn’t get reelected what then?
To which I would only add the question: And what now?