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Monday, April 9, 2012
 

Again aiming to circumvent Congress so it can coddle illegal aliens, the Obama administration wants to grant "unlawful presence waivers" that would halt deportations of illegals who face "extreme hardship" -- extended separation from U.S.-citizen spouses, children or parents -- in getting visas legally.

Judicial Watch says the administration wants to "significantly reduce the length of time U.S. citizens are separated from" immediate-relative illegals awaiting U.S. visas after returning to their native countries as they're required to do.

Immigration officials say only the process of -- not the criteria for -- granting legal status would change. But Judicial Watch points out the underlying fallacy: "Besides the obvious security issues, changing this would be like rewarding bad behavior in a child. It doesn't make sense."

A 60-day clock for public comment began ticking on April 2. Once time's up, don't bet against this change's finalization.

This "stealth amnesty" president, after all, has already stopped deporting illegals without other crimes on their records and illegals charged with but not yet convicted of crimes. He needs Latino votes for his re-election. And for him, political gain outweighs what's best for the United States.

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