DHS awards deportation amnesty for Ethiopians in US with help from AIPAC
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is awarding deportation amnesty to 1,500 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia, including some with criminal records, and granting them automatic immigration reparations if the immigrants have not been back to Ethiopia for more than five years.
AIPAC, which has an enormous campaign apparatus in the works to help immigrants find U.S. citizenship, was also behind the campaign to award deportation amnesty for illegal immigrants from Ethiopia to the U.S.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the DHS’s expanded deportation amnesty program for Ethiopians and remanded the case back to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, which heard arguments in the matter.
The Ethiopian illegal immigrants, who number in the hundreds, were granted deportation amnesty under a policy that was first introduced by President George W. Bush and expanded shortly after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and has since been put into play for other countries in Africa and the Middle East.
The policy allows immigrants from countries like Ethiopia to gain permanent legal residence in the United States.
But under the policy the D.C. District Court ruled that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents had the power to arrest unauthorized immigrants without due process.
The illegal immigrants with criminal records were granted deportation amnesty under this program. Among those illegal immigrants included some with criminal records.
ICE has also used this tactic successfully in the past to help illegal immigrants find United States citizenship.
In February 2013, ICE agents arrested almost 900 illegal immigrants from Honduras after they were arrested for attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. After they were put in immigration detention, ICE gave them a warning letter, then a 90-day “deportation warning letter,” and allowed them to live in the United States. ICE would not actually deport the illegal immigrants. Instead, they were given legal resident status which