An immigration reform organization says it 's outrageous that
the Obama administration has so quickly approved the first wave of
amnesty applications for young illegal immigrants.
The Obama administration circumvented the legislative process in
creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It
allows children who were brought to the United States illegally by
their parents to obtain an amnesty if they meet certain educational
Now just three weeks after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services started accepting applications, a small group of illegal
aliens have been granted amnesty. The government originally said it
could take months for each application to be reviewed and
Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform,
describes the problems with the situation.
"It certainly raises some
very valid questions of whether the Department of Homeland Security
is doing its homework, really making sure that the people who are
applying for this benefit are entitled to it, number one; and
number two, [that they] don't pose any threat to the American
public," he remarks.
Mehlman says there is little question that the whole
administrative amnesty effort is being done to energize Hispanic
"All the polls indicate that President Obama has a fairly
substantial lead over Governor Romney among Hispanic voters," he
tells OneNewsNow. "They are a natural Democratic constituency. What
the president, I guess, feels is that in a close election even
motivating a small number of additional voters to turn out on
Election Day really could turn the election."
However, Mehlman says Obama's plan could backfire by motivating
other voters opposed to amnesty.