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Obama Moves To Make Illegal Immigrants Eligible For Social Security, Diability, and Medicare

President Barack Obama seems to be using his executive powers to allow millions of people to violate federal law because he’s saying he won’t prosecute illegal immigrants. Not only that, he wants to make them eligible for federal benefits that they are currently not eligible for. The Obama administration’s Solicitor General Donald Verrilli is saying this on behalf of the president right now to the Supreme Court.

Verrilli calls this “prosecutorial discretion.” He says this allows the president to make millions of people who are illegally in the United States eligible for various federal benefit programs like Medicare, disability and Social Security.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments over this matter on April 18th. The case is called “United States v. Texas,” which puts President Obama against Texas as well as other states that are against the Obama administration in this litigation.

The main issue in the case is the Obama administration’s policy that allows illegal aliens in the U.S. who are parents of lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens to stay in the country. This policy is called the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.

“The Executive Branch unilaterally created a program — known as DAPA — that contravenes Congress’s complex statutory framework for determining when an alien may lawfully enter, remain in, and work in the country,” explained the attorney general and solicitor general of Texas, who submitted a brief to the Supreme Court that represents the states who want to block this particular policy.

“DAPA would deem over four million unlawfully present aliens as ‘lawfully present’ and eligible for work authorization,” the Texas brief states. “And ‘lawful presence’ is an immigration classification established by Congress that is necessary for valuable benefits, such as Medicare and Social Security.”

The Obama administration’s brief acknowledges that President Obama’s DAPA policy does not turn illegal aliens into legal immigrants, and that the Obama administration has the power to deport illegal aliens from the United States at any time.

“Deferred action does not confer lawful immigration status or provide any defense to removal,” the solicitor general said. “An alien with deferred action remains removable at any time and DHS has absolute discretion to revoke deferred action unilaterally, without notice or process.”

However, he argued that the Obama administration has the power to allow illegal aliens to legally work in the country through “deferred action.”

“Without the ability to work lawfully, individuals with deferred action would have no way to lawfully make ends meet while present here,” the administration’s brief states.

The solicitor general also argued that “deferred action” doesn’t give federal welfare eligibility to illegal immigrants.

“In general,” the solicitor general said, “only ‘qualified’ aliens are eligible to participate in federal public benefit programs, and deferred action does not make an alien ‘qualified.’… Aliens with deferred action thus cannot receive food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, temporary aid for needy families, and many other federal benefits.”

The solicitor general said illegal aliens with deferred action are entitled to “earned-benefit programs.”

“A non-qualified alien is not categorically barred, however, from participating in certain federal earned-benefit programs associated with lawfully working in the United States — the Social Security retirement and disability, Medicare, and railroad-worker programs — so long as the alien is ‘lawfully present in the United States as determined by the Secretary,'” the solicitor general said. The Secretary refers to the Homeland Security Secretary.

“An alien with deferred action is considered ‘lawfully present’ for these purposes,” the solicitor general said.

So to sum all this up, when the Department of Homeland Security gives deferred action to an illegal alien in the U.S. then that alien is still not a lawful immigrant. This means they can still be deported at any time. But according to the solicitor general, this illegal alien will be considered “lawfully present” and will be authorized to work in the country. Since they are lawfully present, this allows them to receive social security benefits, disability, railroad-worker programs, and Medicare.

The United States Constitution places onto the president the following mandate: “(H)e shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

The Supreme Court agreed to hear this case back in January, but they required both parties to argue about whether the DAPA policy by the Obama administration “violates the Take Care Clause of the Constitution.”

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