The Hillary Amendment Subverts Immigration Law


Hillary Clinton made headlines a few weeks ago with
her macho talk about national security. Watch her lips
move:

"Our people remain vulnerable," she complained
at a

Manhattan conference
on homeland defense, "nearly
as vulnerable as we were before"
the September 11
terrorist attacks. Clinton—just call her “Border Hawk
Hillary”—further asserted that “our approach to
securing our nation is haphazard at best…Somewhere along
the line, we lost our edge. We let our guard down."

[Hillary
assails Bush on readiness `myth
`, Jan 25, 2003, By
Amy Westfeldt, Associated Press]

While her lips moved, her hands were busy helping
Sen. Jon Corzine (D-N.J.) craft an amendment to subvert
federal immigration laws. It`s buried in the
Congressional Record of Jan. 21 and was passed
successfully as part of the Senate omnibus
appropriations bill. Senate Amendment 233 forbids any
federal funds appropriated under the act from being used
to remove, deport, or detain illegal aliens who happen
to be

related to victims of Sept. 11
.

The amendment does not apply to illegal alien family
members who have felony records or are terrorists (how
thoughtful). But it`s the laundry list of illegal alien
categories that Clinton and Corzine protect from
deportation that is most revealing.

The

Hillary amendment
will prevent the Department of
Homeland Security from taking any action to deport
spouses or children of Sept. 11 victims who:

  • crossed the border illegally

  • overstayed visas illegally

  • evaded prior deportation orders illegally

  • stowed away on a ship illegally

  • smuggled other illegal aliens

  • used fraudulent documents

  • falsely claimed U.S. citizenship

  • voted illegally

  • have a communicable disease or
    who failed to present documentation of having received
    vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases

  • have a physical or mental
    disorder and behavior associated with the disorder
    that may pose, or has posed, a threat to the property,
    safety, or welfare of the alien or others

  • or are likely at any time to
    become a public charge

The illegal alien relatives of Sept. 11 victims
certainly deserve sympathy. (Both political parties have
shown plenty in allowing them to collect government
benefits under the

USA Patriot Act
signed into law by President Bush.)

But how will we ever be able to restore order in the
broken deportation system when any politician can
handcuff federal immigration authorities from enforcing
the law with a stroke of a pen?

Compassion is one thing. A free pass is quite
another.

Alas, the Hillary amendment is the tip of the
iceberg. Democrats and Republicans alike are supporting
dozens of

"private relief"
bills seeking to sabotage
deportation efforts and award legal permanent residence
to illegal alien “constituents.” Every time a
private relief bill passes, the number of available
visas for that year is reduced by the number of illegal
alien recipients granted legal status through the
special legislation.

Federal lawmakers pressure immigration officials into

releasing illegal aliens
while their private bills
work slowly through Capitol Hill. If the legislation is
turned down (which is rare), it doesn`t matter. The
intended beneficiaries are on the loose, adding to the
more than 300,000 fugitives from deportation that the
federal government has yet to track down.

Just last week, Rep. Ed Pastor (D-Arizona) introduced

H.R. 393
that would exempt from deportation a
Mexican national caught trying to smuggle her illegal
alien boyfriend (a gang member convicted of felony
firearms possession and deported to Mexico after serving
his sentence)  back into the U.S.

Federal immigration law expressly forbids Pastor`s
special relief recipient,

Alejandra Arias Garcia
, from being released from
detention.

But the INS district in Phoenix ignored the law at
Rep. Pastor`s behest and set her free—to the

cheers of the illegal alien lobby
—last week.

How can we crack down on terrorist-linked aliens and
deportation fugitives with

fake papers
and

expired visas
if our elected leaders go running to
the feds every time some other politically-connected
constituency demands special treatment and new
immigration-law loopholes for their alien population?

Selective and haphazard enforcement has, of course,
been the hallmark of the Clinton (both of them) legacy.
As Terry Jeffrey of the newsweekly

Human Events


reported
last week, former Clinton INS commissioner

Doris Meissner
authored a last-minute directive that
gives immigration officials carte blanche to ignore any
part of the immigration law they desire under the guise
of

“prosecutorial discretion.”
The memo has yet to
be rescinded.

"Our vigilance has faded at the top, in the
corridors of power in Washington . . . where leaders are
supposed to lead,”
Sen. Clinton inveighed last
month.

For once, Mrs. Clinton, we agree.


Michelle Malkin is author of


Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores
.

Click here
for Peter Brimelow`s review.
Click here
for Michelle Malkin`s website.

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