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June 27, 2011

Documents Reveal DHS Mislead About Back Door Amnesty

"Homeland Security officials misled the public and Congress last year in an effort to downplay a wave of immigration case dismissals in Houston and other cities amid accusations that they had created a 'back-door amnesty,' newly released records show," the Houston Chronicle reported.

"The secretive review process resulted in the dismissal of hundreds of cases in Houston, most of them involving illegal immigrants who had lived in the United States for years without committing serious crimes. A string of emails shows the dismissals had the blessings of top attorneys at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C., [. . . ] The records also document for the first time that the agency quietly rescinded the Houston memo on Aug. 25 -- the day the Houston Chronicle broke the story on the dismissals -- amid allegations from conservatives that the Obama administration had created a stealth amnesty program for illegal immigrants," says the Houston Chronicle.