After delaying his announcement until after the election, President Obama promised liberal activists he will go around Congress and grant amnesty by executive action “between the November elections and the end of the year.”

In response, Speaker Boehner denounced the president’s scheme to hide the truth from the public, saying, “The American people deserve honesty, transparency, and accountability.”

The Obama administration must disagree, however, because it’s clear from recent news reports that it is going to great lengths to keep the American people in the dark:

  • The federal government refuses to say whether prosecutors in Yuma, Arizona, have scaled back a years-old program that guarantees jail time for most immigrants caught crossing the border illegally and which law enforcement officials say is crucial to public safety. … Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot said … that he had been informed that federal prosecutors in Yuma are no longer going after first offenders. But the government has been completely silent on the issue. Public affairs officials from the Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have all refused to answer questions about whether the program has been scaled back. Brett Worsencroft, president of the Border Patrol union for Yuma Sector border agents, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office has in fact ended prosecutions of first-time offenders. … Getting rid of prosecutions for first-time offenders is a ‘free ticket into the U.S.’ for those who cross the border without legal status, he said.” (Associated Press, 9/19/14)
  • “An official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed that about 70 percent of immigrant families the Obama administration had released into the U.S. never showed up weeks later for follow up appointments. The ICE official made the disclosure in a confidential meeting at its Washington headquarters with immigration advocates …. The Associated Press obtained an audio recording of Wednesday's meeting and separately interviewed participants. … The AP reported in June that the administration would not say publicly how many immigrant families from Central America caught crossing into the U.S. it had released in recent months or how many of those subsequently reported back to the government after 15 days as directed. The AP noted that senior U.S. officials directly familiar with the issue, including at the Homeland Security Department and White House, had dodged the answer on at least seven occasions over two weeks, alternately saying that they did not know the figure or didn't have it immediately at hand. The Homeland Security Department's public affairs office during the same period did not answer roughly a dozen requests for the figures.” (Associated Press, 9/25/14)
  • “[León] Rodríguez’s agency [Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)] will be front and center once President Barack Obama announces the executive action he’ll take on immigration. … ‘We’re going to be ready,’ Rodríguez said. … Rodríguez declined to elaborate when he was asked by a reporter to give more details on what types of preparations he is making.” (NBC News, 10/21/14)
  • “The Homeland Security Department appears to be preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country to apply for work permits after President Barack Obama announces his long-promised plans for executive actions on immigration reform later this year. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services … published a draft contract proposal to buy the card stock needed to make work permits and Permanent Resident Cards, more commonly known as green cards. … The contract calls for as many 34 million cards over five years. … The administration has repeatedly declined to say what options Obama was considering[.]” (Associated Press, 10/22/14)
  • “During the White House press briefing Wednesday, [President Obama’s spokesman Josh] Earnest laughed at CBS’ Major Garrett — among others — for questioning why green-colored paper is being ordered in possible preparation to give legal status to up to nine million illegal immigrants. … ‘Don’t be absurd with us,’ Garrett shot back. … Earnest ensued to refer the CBS News reporter to the Department of Homeland Security[.]” (The Daily Caller, 10/22/14)
  • “New records contradict the Obama administration's assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records. The records … show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.” (USA TODAY, 10/22/14)

As it actively undermines the safety and security of U.S. families, it’s understandable that the Obama administration would want to keep its actions a secret. But Americans have a right to know the truth – not to mention secure borders that actually mean something.