U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism, today made the following comments regarding the Citizenship and Immigration Services memo detailing plans for illegal alien amnesty:
"The release of this memo shows that the Obama Administration has been working behind the scenes to provide a back door amnesty to those who are in this country illegally.
"The American people do not support forgiving immigration violators for their transgressions and rewarding them with the ability to live and work legally in this country. The Administration appears to be considering making an end run around Congress to enact an administrative amnesty that they know they could never pass legislatively.
"The revelation that the Administration is considering taking action to "reduce the threat of removal' for illegal aliens in the United States is just another in a series of actions by the Administration to put the interests of those who have violated our nation's immigration laws ahead of those who are trying to enforce them. Such actions are a slap in the face to those who followed the law to come to our nation and to those who are waiting outside our nation for a chance to legally come to America. It also is in sharp contradiction of the views and beliefs of the American people.
"The Department of Justice has sued Arizona for trying to enforce existing laws on those who are in this country illegally, claiming such enforcement conflicts with the Administration's immigration enforcement priorities. At the same time, the Administration has turned a blind eye to sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with Federal immigration enforcement efforts.
"Parts of our country, including Arizona, are literally under siege by those who have disregarded our nation's laws and our sovereignty. Instead of taking every possible action to secure the border and enforce immigration law, we now know that the Administration is considering this plan to provide a "non-legislative version of amnesty.' Neither the Congress or the American people will stand for such an action."