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Immigration Loophole Grows Into a Giant Tunnel

Recorded on April 6, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Our immigration service claims to enforce the law—except when it doesn't.

Their latest plan will let thousands of illegals stay here indefinitely, escaping deportation. If they claim that they have a close American relative who needs them to provide support, the feds will grant them an “unlawful presence waiver.”

It's a mystery how they'll provide support, because they still would not qualify for a work visa.

There's another problem. The Secretary of Homeland Security says she is authorizing the waivers. But the law says only the Attorney-General can grant waivers. It's supposed to require special circumstances, on a case-by-case basis. But the new plan both bypasses the Attorney-General, plus hands out waivers on a huge scale, almost like they're free samples.

The law for hardship waivers is being stretched into a giant loophole, making a mockery once again of our immigration laws.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.