Homeland Sec: Exec Amnesty Improves Immigration System

Secretary of Homeland Security testifies on immigration before House committee
Washington, DC

On Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson claimed that President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty improves the nation’s immigration system.

In an appearance on Andrea Mitchell’s MSNBC Show, Johnson said Obama’s unilateral immigration actions “are improvements to a broken immigration in a very comprehensive way.” Johnson noted that illegal immigrants with children who are U.S. citizens can now “come out of the shadows” and get work permits and temporary amnesty. 

“From my homeland security perspective, that is a good thing,” Johnson said.

He claimed that though “many in Congress” oppose Obama’s unilateral executive amnesty that they think is an unprecedented and unlawful power grab that undermines and eviscerates the rule of law, there is “a lot of excitement” around the country for it and “a lot of support” from mayors and various community organizations and pro-amnesty groups. 

“We’re going to make sure that program is sustainable,” Johnson said, vowing to “preserve these new executive actions” and noting that the department is “encouraging people to sign up.”