America: Listen to the USCIS Council Warning on Upcoming Amnesty

When the union representing the front line of the U.S. immigration system raises the alarm about the Obama Administration’s planned executive amnesty, the American people should be concerned about what is going to happen.

In a widely-reported statement on Wednesday, Kenneth Palinkas, the president of the USCIS Council issued a plea to the American people to contact Congress now and demand that they stop the President’s plans:

That is why this statement is intended for the public: if you care about your immigration security and your neighborhood security, you must act now to ensure that Congress stops this unilateral amnesty. Let your voice be heard and spread the word to your neighbors. We who serve in our nation’s immigration agencies are pleading for your help – don’t let this happen. Express your concern to your Senators and Congressmen before it is too late.

This call-to-action echoes the two questions that FAIR has encouraged the American people to ask their member of Congress:

  • Do you support the President’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens?
  • Will you cut off funding for it?

Palinkas also noted that an effort to stop this expected unilateral policy was killed in the Senate this summer:

I write today to warn the general public that this situation is about to get exponentially worse – and more dangerous.…This massive unilateral amnesty is slated to be issued after the November 2014 elections. Efforts by members of the Senate to block this action were stopped in their tracks by 52 Senators who, on July 31st, defeated a legislative maneuver to prohibit the President’s actions.

That vote and other immigration-related bills were included in FAIR’s recent Voting Report for the 113th Congress.

As we approach the timeframe established by the Obama Administration for executive amnesty, it is critical that the American people continue to contact their elected officials. Use FAIR’s Town Hall Tracker to find the next opportunity to meet with your Member of Congress or read through our activism guide on calling your Member of Congress before you make a call.

Also, check to see how U.S. Senators and Representatives from your state voted by checking the state voting reports for the 113th Congress.

President Obama has promised to act before December 31, so it is critical that Members of Congress hear from the American people now rather than waiting to act after the details of executive amnesty are announced.




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  1. avatar

    1) As long as behavior is rewarded, it continues. The 1986 amnesty brought many more illegal immigrants.
    2) Automatic citizenship to children born here to illegal immigrants – huge magnet. Deportation of the parents is less likely, & sponsorship of other family members, like their elderly (for Medicare/Medicaid, etc), is more likely.
    3) Harm to Americans and earlier legal immigrants – depression of wages, (Cesar Chavez was against illegal immigration), competition for housing, depletion of non-renewable resources, more pollution, long waits in traffic.
    4) American liberals propping up third-world elites (while American conservative business owners benefit from low wages to immigrants). There are 99 billionaires in Latin America worth $400+ billion, Remittances in the billions of dollars (money sent home by emigrants) ploughed back into their economies. The wealthy there are enriched by remittances, while struggling Americans and earlier legal immigrants pay billions of dollars for health care, education, housing, etc. to immigrants – things that hard-working people deserve in their home countries.

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      I think traffic is a hidden cost of mass illegal/legal immigration. The more people on the road means a longer time spent in traffic jams and a higher gas bill, which is usually not factored in to the costs of mass immigration. And then there is the unmeasurable deterioration in the quality of life that comes with things becoming overcrowded. Things have become so overcrowded in the area where I live in California in comparison with past years that the quality of life has really declined. It just is not the same as it used to be.

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    Advice to those working for ICE or Homeland Security:

    QUIT your useless jobs as those in charge have stabbed you in the back and turned you into a national JOKE. Nobody respects you, Nobody fears you and most just blow you off as some expensive paperweight.

    QUIT NOW! And go do something useful.

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      The ONE and ONLY right these invaders of our country have is the right to be deported back to wherever the hell they came from,every single one of them!!!

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    Senator Feinstein’s office in Washington said that she has not made a public statement on executive amnesty, but that she wants to do things to try and stop the flow of illegals (Yeah right).

    Senator Boxer’s office in Washington said she has not made a public statement on executive amnesty, but that she is in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. (No news there.)

    Of course none of us are fooled by their not making a public statement on the issue, but I thought I would let FAIR know what they said anyway.