Uh, what the hell?
Breitbart: President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security says she will “look into” reopening applications for the expiring DACA amnesty program.
During a congressional hearing this week, Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris pushed nominee Kirstjen Nielsen to allow more illegals to enroll in the program, even though Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA program’s award of residency and work permits to 690,000 beneficiaries would expire in March 2018. AG Sessions also ended further enrollment in the program, which was widely expected to be struck down by the federal courts.
Harris’ and Nielsen’s exchange went as follows:
HARRIS: Thank you. At a September 27th hearing, I asked [DHS] Acting-Secretary [Elaine] Duke to extend the October 5th renewal deadline for DACA recipients. It did not happen. It has been reported that roughly 21,000 recipients were not able to gather the documentation, and the $495 that was required as part of the filing, before the deadline. If confirmed, will you reopen the application process and allow these individuals the opportunity to renew their status?
NIELSEN: I would commit to you to look into it. I’m not familiar with the specific numbers, but if there are extenuating circumstances that we should take into consideration, I would look into those and talk with you further. [Emphasis added]
HARRIS: I would urge you that part of the extenuating circumstances that should be taken into account is a national survey that found 57 percent of Americans say that right now they do not have the ability to pay $500 of an unexpected bill. Additionally, there have been a number of natural disasters around the country, including my own home state, where Americans have lost their entire belongings, their paperwork, and they are barely getting through the day, much less have the ability to compile extensive documentation and come up with $495.
And I would urge you to prioritize that fact when you think of the extenuating circumstances.
NIELSEN: Yes, ma’am.
The DACA amnesty-and-work-permit program was invented in 2012 by former President Barack Obama. However, federal laws block illegal immigrants from working in the United States to ensure that companies cannot force down wages by importing cheap labor from overseas.
Here’s Nielsen sitting next to Rubio. Aren’t they just adorable?
Nielsen made numerous statements during the congressional hearing that directly contradicted Trump’s America First immigration reform agenda.
For example, as Breitbart News reported, Nielsen said Americans “owe” it to give DACA illegal aliens a permanent amnesty to remain in the U.S.
“I believe that we must and we owe it to them to find a permanent solution,” Nielsen said of passing a DACA amnesty that could potentially lead to a chain migration of 9.9 million to 19 million foreign nationals pouring into the U.S. legally. “It’s no way to expect anyone to live a month or two months at a time,” said Nielsen, even though the DACA work-permits each last for two years.
Nielsen additionally downplayed Trump’s single most important priority for ending illegal immigration: Constructing a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
In her testimony, Nielsen downplayed the importance of a border wall, saying: READ MORE
SNIP: This chick has Bush fingerprints all over her.