Presidential Pardons for illegal immigrants, or bluffs?


Amnesty for illegal immigrants through presidential Executive Order?   — or via other means?…  There has been much talk (since prior to and following Arizona’s passage of the illegal immigration law) about insisting strenuously that the federal government secure the international border with Mexico because of continuing problems caused by drug cartel operations-illegal immigration-human trafficking organizations…  And some, (such as Senator    Kyl of Arizona) seem to suggest the Obama Administration is holding the border issue hostage and will not secure it unless border security is done as one segment of a comprehensive immigration law – which would include, for example, amnesty and a guest worker program…

Additionally, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano recently seemed to complain, in her remarks before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) that those who want border security are unreasonable because “… the word secure really becomes, effectively, ‘seal’ the border,…”  In other words, she indicated that people want the border sealed, and that either she is against that or that it can’t be done…      (Photo from Boston.com)    

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks during a luncheon to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Denver on Thursday, June 24, 2010. The NALEO conference is the largest gathering of Latino elected and appointed officials in the United States.

Thus, because in a continuously contentious pre November Election mode in which Congress finds itself it appears no action will be taken to consider an immigration bill, there have been rumors  that the president (to satisfy Latino elected officials and the Latino voting bloc he would like to maintain in his corner) has been advised to take extra ordinary measures…

  • PARDONS The right of the President of the Unites States of America to pardon people under rights given as part of Article II, Section 2 of the U. S. Constitution:  “…he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”…
  • Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation — from paragraph 2 of the proclamation: “That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.”…

A couple of rumors has it that the president has been advised by  some to explore using the PARDONS clause of the U.S. Constitution to pardon those who are here illegally, or to possibly use a Presidential Proclamation to achieve a similar result…  Are these actions possible or actually being considered, of course that is not known here, but as indicated in the first-sentence link of this post ( Amnesty for illegal immigrants through presidential Executive Order?  ), some senators seem to take the rumor(s) seriously…

Stay tuned.

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4 Responses

  1. Re …”I believe there are illegals in our prison system because they are in the US illegally.”… :
    If, ever anything of the “pardon” matter became reality, it’s reasonable to assume those in prisons would not be covered… There are plenty of other specifics/details such as the one you bring up, therefore, that would have to be considered before such a major undertaking as this issue would be “rolled out”, if ever…

  2. The whole question of illegal immigration has devolved into pure political theater while the welfare and security of America continues to decline.

    There are certainly solutions to the problem, but at this point there is insufficient cooperation throughout the Federal government to allow any positive steps to be taken. Until the two major political parties are willing to work together, the situation will continue to worsen. I doubt that any progress will be made until leadership changes – certainly the Obama administration has done nothing to promote bipartisan approaches or recognition of any suggestions outside of its own political interests.

  3. Pardons in that way. No way would they go through with that. It is just ridiculous that anyon would want or think they could get away with that action. Unless they are desperate.How did the senators get wind of this stuff, somebody should ask.

    • Here is my question about this word “pardon”. I believe there are illegals in our prison system because they are in the US illegally. Will they also be pardoned and returned to their US communities? Does anyone have information on this question?

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