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Vitter Expresses Concerns over Administration's Amnesty Memo


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following comments after reports of an internal memo obtained from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reveal the Obama Administration's plans to still provide amnesty absent legislative action. Vitter sent a letter to the White House in June asking if the administration would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants through administrative functions if Congress did not pass immigration reform. While the administration never responded to the letter, this memo highlights the administration's efforts to look into alternatives to do so.

"This memo confirms what we've feared all along -- this administration is willing to use any measure to pursue their liberal agenda and implement policies that the American people oppose, like granting amnesty to illegal immigrants," said Vitter. "We now know that the administration has been looking into alternative plans to grant citizenship to those who enter our country illegally even if Congress refuses to pass a law that allows them to do so. This is yet another alarming example of how the White House is more focused on rewarding illegal behavior than it is on enforcing our current immigration laws and strengthening our borders."

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