Posts Tagged ‘Congress’

QUOTING: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2010/11/aclu_suing_pentagon_over_separ.html

IIA (me): The ACLU is going to sue the pentagon over members of the US military getting discharged and much less pay than their heterosexual counterparts that are discharged for various other reasons (most of which are probably crazier than bangin your same-sex partner.)

The ACLU is representing former Air Force Staff Sergeant Richard Collins. who only wants to be paid what other members are being paid that are discharged for these other various reasons.

What the fuck is going on here?

NOT ONLY ARE GAY MEN/WOMEN DISCHARGED, but then the US DOESN’T EVEN PAY THEM ADEQUATELY? Apparently, this has been going on since the early 90’s when ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was first introduced… and it seems that Obama’s administration can actually do something about it without going through congress… check this out:

“The Obama administration has repeatedly said the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ statute is wrong, but that it needs to work with Congress to repeal the law,” said Joshua Block, an ACLU staff attorney. “But the separation pay issue is entirely within the administration’s control. The administration can at least take a preliminary step toward backing up its rhetoric with action by addressing this issue promptly and protecting gay and lesbian service members from needless additional discrimination.”

With all this hustle and bustle about even allowing gays to serve in the military, you think we would have been way beyond this by now, but no0o0o0o, we are still here… deciding on the fates of millions – their basic pay and liberties.  I know it’s sad to say, but in this country, this is unacceptable.

 

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Memo outlines backdoor ‘amnesty’ plan – Washington Times.

By Stephen Dinan

The Washington Times

With Congress gridlocked on an immigration bill, the Obama administration is considering using a back door to stop deporting many illegal immigrants – what a draft government memo said could be “a non-legislative version of amnesty.”

The memo, addressed to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas and written by four agency staffers, lists tools it says the administration has to “reduce the threat of removal” for many illegal immigrants who have run afoul of immigration authorities.

“In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, USCIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations, exercising discretion with regard to parole-in-place, deferred action and the issuance of Notices to Appear,” the staffers wrote in the memo, which was obtained by Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican.

The memo suggests that in-depth discussions have occurred on how to keep many illegal immigrants in the country, which would be at least a temporary alternative to the proposals Democrats in Congress have made to legalize illegal immigrants.

Chris Bentley, a USCIS spokesman, said drafting the memo doesn’t mean the agency has embraced the policy and “nobody should mistake deliberation and exchange of ideas for final decisions.”

“As a matter of good government, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will discuss just about every issue that comes within the purview of the immigration system,” he said in an e-mail statement. “We continue to maintain that comprehensive bipartisan legislation, coupled with smart, effective enforcement, is the only solution to our nation’s immigration challenges.”

He said the Homeland Security Department “will not grant deferred action or humanitarian parole to the nation’s entire illegal immigrant population.”

The memo does talk about targeting specific groups of illegal immigrants.

Mr. Grassley said it confirms his fears that the administration is trying an end-run around Congress.

“This memo gives credence to our concerns that the administration will go to great lengths to circumvent Congress and unilaterally execute a backdoor amnesty plan,” Mr. Grassley said.

Darryn’s Opinion : – ) You knew it would come!

“The memo, addressed to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas and written by four agency staffers, lists tools it says the administration has to “reduce the threat of removal” for many illegal immigrants who have run afoul of immigration authorities.”   Best thing that has been said all year!

“In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform, USCIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations, exercising discretion with regard to parole-in-place, deferred action and the issuance of Notices to Appear,” the staffers wrote in the memo, which was obtained by Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican. OMG Charles, thank you so much for leaking this, it really gives us/them hope that something real is going to be done about this and that we stop playing political cards when peoples lives are in limbo.

The administration is trying to run around congress?  PLEASE!  For once, we can actually see something happen like it should… FOR THE PEOPLE.  This is nothing to do with elected officials sitting all damn day wondering what they’re gonna do about this new problem… GET OFF IT!  This is about making ‘illegal immigrants’ legal, and try to begin to mend the relationship that went way off track when Bush took office, and that has been off of track for many years.  Immigration Reform Now!