Presidential Amnesty Will Protect Nearly All Illegal Aliens

Since President Obama announced his intention to grant amnesty by executive action, the consensus has been that some 5 million illegal aliens stand to benefit from that program. In an op-ed published on, I discuss why that widely held perception is wrong. In fact, a series of memos issued by the Department of Homeland Security indicate that virtually every illegal alien in the United States will be exempted from immigration enforcement under the president’s actions.

You can read the full op-ed here.

About Author


Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    Jim in Virginia on

    It’s over folks, stay home on future election days and let the real democrats have the power, not the democrats who claim to be republicans. It’s over, done, finished. The USA doesn’t exist anymore!

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    Legal Citizens Don’t Need Special Protection(s) From Our Government

    Everything must be law abiding and compliant to Constitutional laws, flat table. IAs don’t belong here and even when they’re here, don’t deserve better treatment than legal citizens.

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    Completely false……………if 5 million is far worse then 330 M of the population must be morons….as well as this is not a permanent status………………………Ira cut the paranoia…..

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      The only thing false is your post. You can read the memo in the link. It says anyone who entered illegally prior to Jan. 1, 2014 will not be a priority for removal. And it means exactly that. They simply close the cases and they are here for good. No “paranoia” there, simply the facts. We might as well put up a sign saying we don’t care if you come in illegally because we won’t do anything about it as long as you make it past the border. People like you may be foolish enough to believe this will not encourage further illegal immigration, but citizens of other countries understand it very well. It renders that leave date on temporary visas meaningless, free to be ignored.

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    This White House is run by LaRaza and Al Sharpton. Think that’s an exaggeration? The White House Domestic Policy Council is headed by Cecelia Munoz, a former high official at LaRaza. And LaRaza of course has always actively worked to dismantle any and all immigration enforcement.

    As for Sharpton, he is a constant White House visitor and the president’s “go to guy” on racial issues. Perhaps the black community needs to put as much energy into solving the dysfunction in their neighborhoods instead of defending thugs like Brown who robbed a store and assaulted a clerk, on tape. Perhaps teaching a little more respect for cops and teachers and other authorities might help, instead of a constant litany of everyone is against us. Ask any teacher. Black students are the most disruptive by a long shot and the good black students get accused of acting white.

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      If the Republicans don’t follow up with the promises they made when electioneering, then we may as well kiss the party goodbye. I hope if Boehner and McConnell won’t stiffen their backbones, then they should be replaced by someone who will.