Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaking at a Lincoln United Methodist Church on May 6 in Chicago, Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) told a group of his constituents that he personally drafted the back-door amnesty memo delivered to U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement by the White House last summer. He reiterated his role in drafting the ‘prosecutorial discretion’ guidelines again to The Daily Caller, saying that he and the National Council of La Raza were deeply involved in the crafting and implementation of the infamous U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) memo.
As The Daily Caller reports, according to Gutierrez, Barack Obama told him back in December 2010 that comprehensive immigration reform “could not be achieved legislatively because of fears Democrats would lose future election” and that the president suggested exploring “administrative options.”
Following the success of the June 2011 memo at granting de facto amnesty, Gutierrez and La Raza spokeswoman Clarissa Martinez are expecting the Obama administration to do more to provide legal residency to illegal immigrants through a tool called “parole in place” – an immigration initiative that can legalize illegal immigrants on a case-by-case basis.
Congressman Gutierrez’s comments are in stark contrast to prior Obama administration statements as to whether he and the National Council of La Raza were even remotely involved in the crafting and implementation of a controversial Obama administration memo that many conservatives believe amounts to a policy of amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants.
The memo established priorities for tracking and removing suspected illegal aliens. It directed the ICE agency to focus only on illegal immigrants who pose a threat to national security and endanger public safety.
The memo was said to have been written by Immigration & Customs Enforcement Director John Morton in June 2011.
ICE, Morton wrote, would provide no resources to tracking other illegal immigrants now and in the future — extending them a sort of administrative amnesty, and removing all threat of deportation, unless they committed a serious crime.
Since a controversy arose over the memo last summer, the administration and ICE have insisted it was written by career ICE professionals in response to logistic realities on the ground.