The section goes on to take discretion away from the Secretary for aliens who have committed certain specified crimes, but otherwise the Secretary can do pretty much whatever she wants in terms of waiving removal or deportation of a person attempting to enter the country or in the country illegally based on her determination of the “public interest.”
There are similar provisions in section 3215 as to admissibility into the United States.
The section not only guarantees that a single family member being lawfully in the country will allow the full immediate family to stay, but it also will provide the Secretary — Janet Napolitano now — with broad discretion to allow anyone to stay for almost any reason.
Well, why in the heck do we need a 1000+ page bill? Simply pass this section of the law and be done with it.
The rush to a vote in the Senate does not allow time to fully understand all the provisions. And that’s why the rush is taking place.
This seems to be the “new normal” for today’s politicians.