This Date in Obama’s Administrative Amnesty: Morton Memo #2
In a calculated move to bypass Congress, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton issued a memo on June 17, 2011 directing ICE agents to refrain from enforcing U.S. immigration laws against illegal aliens who meet the qualifications for amnesty under the DREAM Act. In this memo (Morton Memo #2), Director Morton couches this administrative amnesty as merely providing “guidance on the exercise of prosecutorial discretion to ensure that the agency’s immigration enforcement resources are focused on the agency’s enforcement priorities.” The memo lists 19 different factors (non-exclusive) agents should consider when deciding whether to take an illegal alien into custody, including:
- The circumstances of the person’s arrival in the U.S. and the manner of his or her entry, particularly if the alien came to the U.S. as a young child;
- The alien’s pursuit of education in the U.S., with particular consideration given to those who have graduated from a U.S. high school or have successfully pursued or are pursuing a college or advanced degrees at a legitimate institution of higher education in the U.S.;
- Whether the person has served in the U.S. military, reserves, or national guard, with particular consideration given to those who served in combat; and
- The person’s age, with particular consideration given to minors.
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