As Byron York explains, the Obama administration’s new illegal immigration policy is awfully creative with definitions.
“No fault of their own” is now a subjective term that includes sneaking across the border illegally.
The same goes for the phrase “and know only this country as home.” That’s a highly imaginative riff on the decree’s actual requirement, which is for 5 years “continuous residence.” It turns out “continuous residence” doesn’t mean what you think it means. “Immigration attorneys have been successful in getting immigration courts to whittle this down to a point where it is almost meaningless,” says CIS’s Jon Feere. As an illegal immigrant you can go back
homeabroad for multiple 6-month stintsduring those five years–but, if precedent holds, in Janet Napolitano’s eyes you will still “know only this country as home.”
Discretion? Continuous residence? No fault of their own? The language seems to be evolving a lot fast than Obama’s same-sex marriage stance.
Candidate Obama once said, “Don’t tell me words don’t matter.” Ahem, President Obama, right back atcha.