A little-recognized administrative court decision during the Obama administration could put thousands of illegal immigrants on a fast-track to U.S. citizenship.
The decision created a loophole in Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA didn’t actually recognize illegal immigrants or provide a clear to citizenship.
Instead, the aim was to codify prosecutorial discretion. Noting that prosecuting every illegal immigrant would be a heavy burden for the court system, DACA simply allowed individuals who had arrived illegally to stay in the country.
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However, according to The Daily Caller, one unusual path to citizenship was put into place by a 2012 decision, and it involves a process called advance parole.
“Advance parole is permission from federal authorities for immigrants to leave the country and then legally re-enter,” The Daily Caller reports.
“An immigrant may get advance parole to travel for humanitarian purposes (attending a funeral, getting medical treatment, etc.), educational purposes (study abroad programs, research, etc.), or employment purposes (work training, interview, etc.).”
Illegal immigrants registered under DACA must obtain permission to travel abroad. However, once they re-enter the country, they’re deemed by the court decision to have re-entered legally. And that’s when things begin to get a bit strange… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]