Petition to Pardon Immigrants


Well-Known Member
But pardons are only for crimes. So if the people have not committed any crimes, then by definition there is nothing to pardon.

Ben Blaus

New Member
Pardons are not just for people who have committed crimes but any offenses committed against the United States.

If you have not read Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 of the constitution it reads:

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

I think we can contended that the government currently considers all undocumented immigrants having committed an offense against the United States or they would not be trying to deport them. A presidential pardon should stop the threat of deportation to those who are here and undocumented. If it does nothing else, it would force a constitutional crisis between congress and the president which would force this issue to either be resolved by the courts or by congress passing immigration reform.