On Monday, the Daily Caller reported that the Obama administration is working to hide provisions in the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill that would let criminal immigrants remain in the country.
“The bill has a number of other important provisions that have stayed under the radar, and we’d actually like to keep them under the radar,” Esther Olavarria, the White House’s director of immigration reform, told the Congressional Black Caucus.
“We haven’t played [them] up because we want to be able to maintain them as we go through the legislative process,” she added.
According to the Daily Caller, Olavarria made the comments at the at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual conference last Thursday.
Olavarria described the sections the administration is trying to hide from Republicans.
One section, for example, reverses parts of the 1996 immigration reform, which allowed law-enforcement authorities to deport long-term residents who have committed crimes, Neil Munro said.
The bill also “redefines ‘convictions,’ it redefines ‘sentences,’ to make it more realistic, so individuals who get suspended sentences would not be found inadmissible or deportable under these new provisions,” Olavarria added.
D.A. King, head of the Dustin Inman Society, an organization that seeks to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, said the provisions Olavarria want to keep hidden from the public would place non-citizens in a higher position than native Americans.
“When you have over 22 million Americans that are out of work or underemployed, we have to have to an immigration system that puts these American citizens back to work,” King said.
The White House aide also suggested that House Republican leadership may help pass a bill allowing for increased immigration, despite opposition from their base.
“The House is a very difficult place. … The [leadership is] not sure how they’re going to get to immigration reform,” Olavarria told the Daily Caller.
In June, the Federation for American Immigration Reform said the Senate immigration bill would let the Department of Homeland Security waive a number of misdemeanor convictions for the purpose of determining eligibility for amnesty.
Some of those misdemeanors could include assault, battery, stalking and human smuggling, depending on the state.
In Florida, that could also include the “[u]nlawful placing or discharging of a bomb that results in any bodily harm,” or the “[u]nlawful carrying of a chemical weapon or other deadly weapon.”
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