WASHINGTON, June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Obama administration announced a brazen usurpation of Congressional authority by using executive power to implement the DREAM Act. Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will grant deferred action and possible work authorization to certain illegal aliens under the age of 30 who arrived in the U.S. before 16 years of age. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano expects that nearly 1 million illegal aliens will be granted amnesty through this effort.
"Over the past ten years, Congress has repeatedly rejected the DREAM Act. Now, five months before the presidential election, the Obama administration is unilaterally rewriting our immigration laws, defying Congressional authority and threatening our constitutional framework," said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
"This is a blatant abuse of executive power that ignores the will of Congress and the American people," charged Stein. "The Obama administration is engaging in a shameless display of political pandering to satisfy a narrow slice of its party.
"Since taking office the President has slowly stripped away the federal government's immigration enforcement authority and barred the states from effectively protecting Americans from the burden of illegal immigration," continued Stein. "The consequence of these actions, and the Administration's latest expansion of its backdoor amnesty strategy, is the shredding of the Constitution, a wholesale rejection of the rule of law, and an open invitation for more illegal immigration."
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group. With over 250,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced. Visit FAIR's website at www.fairus.org.