Friday, October 21, 2016


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Always on the prowl for opportunities to grant illegal immigrants reprieve, the Obama administration is capitalizing on the recent floods to reward undocumented aliens in the affected regions with a special “severe weather immigration relief.”

The measure was recently announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. It appears that in the last few years USCIS has been preoccupied with shielding illegal aliens who may not be candidates for the president’s broader executive amnesty initiatives from deportation. Judicial Watch has reported on this extensively over the years, publishing articles on the administration’s special hurricane, earthquake and Ebola amnesty programs.

Now we have “severe weather” amnesty for those who live in the Southern and Midwestern United States. Massive flooding has battered the region and rivers from Texas to Illinois have surged out of control. At least 31 flood-related deaths have been reported, mostly in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri and thousands have been evacuated. Undoubtedly it’s a dire situation that clearly deserves emergency help from the federal government. But extending special immigration rights seems like a bit much, though. The administration appears to be getting incredibly creative as it finds new reasons to shield immigrants from deportation.

Here’s how it works; the U.S. government offers immigration relief measures that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances such as the recent severe weather and flooding in areas of the southern and Midwestern United States, according to the USCIS. At the request of immigrants living in the region, the agency will “re-parole” individuals, expedite employment authorization and change the nonimmigrant status of individuals “even if the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired.” That essentially means illegal immigrants will get reprieve. A special note directs immigrants to mention that “severe weather created a need for the requested relief.”

This emergency amnesty will be granted under a program reserved for “special situations,” USCIS explains in a separate document. “Sometimes natural catastrophes and other extreme situations can occur that are beyond your control,” the agency states. “These events can affect your USCIS application, petition or immigration status. We cannot anticipate these events, but will do our best to help you get the benefits for which you qualify.” The agency offers similar benefits for immigrants who claim they can’t return to their home country due to “civil unrest” or “severe environmental disasters.” Under those provisions, large chunks of the world would qualify including the entire Middle East, practically all of Mexico and most of Central America.

Indeed, in the last few years we’ve seen droves of illegal immigrants benefit from these special initiatives, which are sometimes classified as Temporary Protective Status (TPS) though they end up becoming permanent. In 2014 the Obama administration extended TPS for tens of thousands of Hondurans and Nicaraguans because a hurricane (Mitch) hit the Central American countries nearly two decades ago. Tens of thousands of Haitians continue to benefit from protected status in the U.S. as well, thanks to a 2010 earthquake.

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The Obama Administration through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has rewritten the oath new citizens are required to recite renouncing previous allegiances and declaring their loyalty to and defense of the United States and the Constitution of the United States of America.

The requirement that new citizens swear to defend the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic through military service has been stripped out of the oath watering down the duty of every citizen to fight, when called upon through force of arms if necessary, to secure freedom for ourselves and our posterity.

Quoting new USCIS guidance on the oath:

“Effective July 21, 2015, new guidance (PA-2015-001) in the USCIS Policy Manual clarifies the eligibility requirements for modifications to the Oath of Allegiance. Reciting the Oath is part of the naturalization process.

Candidates for citizenship normally declare that they will “bear arms on behalf of the United States” and “perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States” when required by the law.

A candidate may be eligible to exclude these two clauses based on religious training and belief or a conscientious objection,” an email from USCIS clarifying the requirements states.”

In addition, new citizens:

“May be eligible for modifications based on religious training and belief, or conscientious objection arising from a deeply held moral or ethical code.

Is not required to belong to a specific church or religion, follow a particular theology or belief, or to have had religious training in order to qualify.

May submit, but is not required to provide, an attestation from a religious or other type of organization, as well as other evidence to establish eligibility.”

Although the U.S. currently has an all voluntary military, a draft could be instituted during times of emergency as was the case in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

In the absence of a draft, citizens are not required by law to serve, but these new exemptions are highly alarming because it opens a wide range of exemptions people could cite to legally avoid military service in defense of the nation going forward.

In effect, men and women of military age can refuse to serve for any and all reasons without having to declare the religious, moral, ethical or other grounds that inform their refusal to serve.

To be fair, the United States has always allowed for exceptions to combat based on religious convictions (Quakers) so long as those invoking the exception make themselves available for non-combat duty. The new oath removes this requirement and allows naturalized citizens to refuse service altogether for any reason.

Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, the Islamic terrorist who killed four Marines and a Navy sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week, took the “old oath” to become a naturalized citizen.



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