Impeachable? Here Are 18 Immigration Executive Orders Issued by Recent Republican Presidents

Presidents Eisenhower, Ford, Reagan, Bush and Bush all altered immigration law by executive action, yet none were impeached

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Republicans claim that that Pres. Obama’s plan to establish temporary legal status for undocumented immigrants by executive order is illegal.

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Read the full report from the American Immigration Council: Executive Grants of Temporary Immigration Relief, 1956-Present

They have issued a series of threats against the president if he signs the order to stand up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, including blocking the nomination of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, shutting down the government again and/or impeaching him.

According to a detailed report from the American Immigration Council, however, presidents have routinely altered immigration policies by executive order, including 18 such changes by five recent Republican presidents — Eisenhower, Ford, Reagan, Bush I and Bush II. None of these presidents was threatened with political reprisal for signing the orders, of course.

Here is an overview based on the AIC report:

Pres. Dwight Eisenhower:

1956

By executive order, circumvented immigration quotas to allow 900 orphans to join their adoptive families in the U.S.

1956-1958

By executive order, allowed 31,000 Hungarian anti-Soviet insurgents to emigrate.

1959-72

By executive order, allowed 600,000 Cubans fleeing Castro to emigrate. [PDF]

Pres. Gerald Ford:

1975

By executive order, allowed 360,000 refugees, mostly from from Vietnam, to emigrate.

1976

By executive order, allowed 14,000 Lebanese nationals to emigrate.

Pres. Ronald Reagan:

1981

By executive order, allowed 7,000 Polish anti-Communists to emigrate.

1982

Allowed 15,000-plus Ethiopians to emigrate.

1987

By executive order, rescinded deportation of 200,000 Nicaraguans.

1987

By executive order, deferred deportation of undocumented children of 100,000 families. [JSTOR]

George H.W. Bush:

1989

By executive order, deferred deportations of Chinese students.

1989

By executive order, reversed visa denials of 7,000 Soviets, Indochinese.

1990

By executive order, deferred deporations of previously amnestied citizens’ 1.5 million spouses and children.

1991

By executive order, deferred deportation of 2,000 Gulf War evacuees.

1992

By executive order, deferred deportations of 190,000 El Salvadorans.

George W. Bush:

2002

By executive order, expedited naturalization for green-card holders who joined military.

2005

By executive order, deferred deportation of students affected by Hurricane Katrina.

2006

By executive order, enabled 1,500 Cuban physicians to seek asylum at US embassies.

2007

By executive order, deferred deportation of 3,600 Liberians.

109 Comments

  • Allen Elliott
    March 26, 2015 - 9:21 pm | Permalink

    No where near 16 million undocumented aliend were stopped from being deported. and given the right to stay and vote.

    • Madison
      March 26, 2015 - 9:56 pm | Permalink

      Good god, quit lying. They can’t vote. They’re not citizens. Sheesh!

  • Don
    March 29, 2015 - 7:46 am | Permalink

    It is noteworthy that all of the published orders are specific, either to identity of circumstance, not sweeping generalizations as Obaha EO are. Most of his can and will be repealed as they are not even properly written, let alone Constitutional.

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  • Dani
    May 1, 2015 - 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Can anyone tell me the actual executive order numbers associated with these actions? I want to do some research.

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  • Stop Treason
    July 9, 2015 - 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Over 93 Million Americans are Unemployed and Millions more are Underemployed!
    ImmigRATion is Process and Act of Terrorism by the Racist Elite (All the CEO’s and Politicians) with the help of the very Corrupt and RACIST nation of 10th world India to make 100% sure that the Poor Americans (Specially Black Americans) NEVER EVER get to the Middle Class!

  • Stop Treason
    July 9, 2015 - 7:20 pm | Permalink

    How strange that they both Parties Hate each other so much, but when it come to allowing Millions and Millions of cheap cheap H-1b/L1 Visa holders and illegal Aliens to Replace Americans workers, they all Love each other so very much! Both parties are Traitors to “We the People”.

  • Stop Treason
    July 9, 2015 - 7:21 pm | Permalink

    This is NOT a Country of Immigrants, this is a country of law abiding AMERICAN citizens whose very hard work and huge sacrifices have made this country the Greatest Country on the Planet bar none! Many people from around the world fell in love with whole idle of how free and the real greatness of everything American and wanted to be a part of it, they did the right way by going the correct channels and after arriving assimilating them self to all things they loved about the United States of America and all the opportunity’s available to All.

  • Stop Treason
    July 9, 2015 - 7:23 pm | Permalink

    All H-1B/L1 visa holders and Visa Over-stayers plus all the Illegal Aliens and All who hire them are All the Real Terrorist!
    Please Please Youtube: “America’s Bogus Skilled Labor Shortage”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo7GOsXpDtQ

  • Outlaw Josie Wales
    August 18, 2015 - 3:17 pm | Permalink

    There is a big difference between Obama and the other POTUSs: All of them except Obama responded with “executive action,” (a wastebasket term) not necessarily an Executive Order, AFTER Congress either passed a law or failed to pass a bill into law (leaving de facto law in effect).

    In other words, the matter was appropriately brought up by Congress for Congress to LEGISLATE. Obama took unilateral “executive action” and BYPASSED Congress. THAT my friend is the difference.

    Sure, you can argue about selective, or deferred enforcement of a Congressional Law, but at some point it stops being “discretionary” and “humane” and becomes a violation of the Constitution, plain and simple, or is it?

    And yes, any POTUS, Rebloodlican or Demacrip, should be held accountable. By whom? CONGRESS. Should they impeach him? Sure, like they should have impeached GDub, his Dad, and yeah, Ronald Reagan. But you forget, we are a nation of laws, which politiicans don’t really have to abide by.

    “I did not have sexual relations with that woman…!”

    If you think you’ll see justice in this God-forsaken land, you are seriously deluded. Justice is only for the weak and poor who are easy to serve it on.

    • Jon
      August 19, 2015 - 6:44 am | Permalink

      Actually, Outlaw Josie Wales, the president did issue an executive action, not an executive order. Here’s the info.

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