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


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

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:


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


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


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

Pres. Gerald Ford:


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


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

Pres. Ronald Reagan:


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


Allowed 15,000-plus Ethiopians to emigrate.


By executive order, rescinded deportation of 200,000 Nicaraguans.


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

George H.W. Bush:


By executive order, deferred deportations of Chinese students.


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


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


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


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

George W. Bush:


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


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


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


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


110 thoughts on “Impeachable? Here Are 18 Immigration Executive Orders Issued by Recent Republican Presidents”

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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”.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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