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Kingston Calls on Administration to Abandon Plans for "Back Door Amnesty"

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) is calling on the Obama Administration to abandon what he describes as its latest attempt to subvert the will of the American people on immigration.

The call comes after a draft government memo was uncovered showing that the administration is considering its options to bypass Congress and implement, "a non-legislative version of amnesty."

Addressed to Alejandro Mayorkas, the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services which is charged with enforcing the nation's immigration laws, the memo was written by four agency staffers. It outlines steps the agency could take to "reduce the threat of removal" for illegal immigrants.

"Once again, this Administration is showing just how far it is willing to go to bypass Congress and to subvert the will of the American people in pursuit of its out-of-touch agenda," said Kingston. "Throughout the country, Americans are calling for enforcement of our laws and increased border security. Instead, bureaucrats in Washington are trying to figure out how they can pry open the flood gates. I call on the Administration to abandon these plans and to enforce our laws in earnest."

Among the 18 actions listed, the memo suggests the agency could, "extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations, exercising discretion with regard to parole-in-place, deferred action and the issuance of Notices to Appear."

The memo was unveiled just days after a federal judge blocked key provisions of Arizona's new immigration law intended to stem the growth of illegal immigration in the absence of action by the federal government. Kingston characterized that ruling as "activist' and called for it to be overturned.

Kingston has been a leader on immigration reform. He headed an effort to require that all federal contractors verify the legal working status of their employees as a condition of doing business with the federal government. Last year, he was awarded the "People's Representative Award" by the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform, the nation's largest organization dedicated to immigration reform.

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