"Backdoor amnesty" or the right thing to do?


The Obama administration extends legal status and military benefits to thousands of illegal aliens who are spouses, parents or children of U.S. service members.


The White House says the new rules do not require congressional action because they're based on existing statutes.

Dan Cadman at the Center for Immigration Studies says he supports the parole-in-place status in some cases, but not the government's blanket policy.


"The law is very clear in saying on a case-by-case basis," Cadman tells KTRH News.  "The policy memo takes away from U.S.C.I.S examiners, their statutory obligation to look at each case individually."


The new policy applies to all military families no matter what.


"This includes people who have been dishonorably discharged, who have been tossed out of the military for crimes of any kind, even those who went AWOL," he says.


However, Houston immigration attorney Gordon Quan supports the move.


"It's recognition that the spouses and family members of service people should be considered a special class of individuals," Quan tells KTRH News.


Quan argues those given parole-in-place status still doesn't guarantee them a green card.


"They still have to go through background checks, take a medical examination, everything anybody else has to do," he says.