On the idealistic side,
Barack Obama’s executive amnesty for 1.9 million children of illegal
alien border crosses looks like a compassionate decision. However,
on the realistic side of the equation, American workers will be displaced
by those 1.9 million additional workers. But it doesn’t stop there.
It grows by leaps and bounds.
Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, www.Fairus.org ,
asked Kristen Williamson to investigate the long term consequences.
She discovered the amnesty will cost billions of dollars to American
taxpayers, workers and the economy itself.
Estimates range around $900 billion to give instant citizenship to this
armada of illegal alien children to the age of 30. They will be
able to tap into food stamps, welfare, assisted housing, medical care
and scholarships to higher education. All the while, their parents
are cheating our work laws, working at cash-payment jobs, cashing in
on Income Tax Credit benefits, breaking our immigration laws and remain
in our country in violation of our sovereignty.
“Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began accepting
applications for deferred action through US Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS). FAIR has been closely tracking developments in President
Obama’s executive amnesty since its announcement on June 15,” said Williamson.
“Below are some of the things you need to know about the President’s
unilateral changes to U.S. immigration policy.”
1. President Obama’s amnesty will add nearly
2 million workers possibly more to the U.S. job market. This
is a negligent economic and social policy with over 8% unemployment
and half of recent young college graduates unemployed or underemployed.
2. Lax documentation requirements to prove eligibility. DHS
application instructions explicitly state that only copies of
documents will be required to meet the eligibility criteria for amnesty
including length of presence in the U.S., education, and even identity.
Also, illegal aliens will be able to submit any and all documents they
deem relevant to prove their eligibility. Virtually any form of documentation
will be accepted, from report cards and plane tickets to mere personal
3. The Administration is making this up as they go
along. In June, President Obama touted this policy as the “right
thing to do” for some of the best and brightest. However, it is clear
that the educational, residency and character requirements are becoming
increasingly lax as more details about the implementation of the amnesty
4. No face-to-face interview required. Most applications
will be approved based only on the documentation submitted.
5. Few safeguards against and limited consequences
for filing fraudulent applications or documents. If DHS is actually
diligent enough to identify fraud, the new amnesty instructions merely
state that the Administration “may” elect to penalize illegal aliens
by denying immigration benefits or placing them into removal proceedings.
However, since illegal aliens are only required to submit copies which
lack identifiers of authenticity it is unknown how USCIS employees
will be able to identify fraud in the first place.
6. USCIS turns blind eye to past illegal employment. Illegal
aliens may use employment records to show eligibility for amnesty despite
the fact illegal aliens are barred from working in the U.S. Past employers
of illegal alien applicants are not likely to face prosecution for hiring
7. Family of deferred action recipients will also
reap the benefits. Application instructions explicitly state
that information collected on an illegal alien will not be used against
him or her, or their “family members and guardians,” for the purpose
of immigration enforcement.
8. Illegal aliens granted work authorization can obtain
Social Security cards. Illegal aliens granted deferred action must
apply for employment authorization if they present an “economic necessity.”
Once received, DHS work authorization will allow them to apply for a
Social Security Number and possibly other benefits like driver’s licenses.
9. Illegal aliens with a criminal history DO qualify.
DHS says only felony and “serious misdemeanor” convictions will
make illegal aliens ineligible for amnesty, and even then, convictions
won’t necessarily be considered if they are expunged. Additionally,
criminal convictions in foreign countries will go undetected and DHS
will “exercise discretion” when considering juvenile records.
10. USCIS doesn’t have a great track record. Earlier
this year, the DHS Inspector General found that USCIS leadership
told employees to rubber-stamp applications for immigration benefits
including work authorization. In leaked documents to the Associated
Press, USCIS estimated that it will review 3,000 deferred action
and work authorization applications daily, only increasing the pressure
to overlook possible fraud and approve benefits quickly.
As you can see, Obama flies on a wing and a prayer, but the American
taxpayer foots the bill. This amnesty, which is unconstitutional
and solves nothing, will go down as a huge boondoggle that usurped the
American people and their demands to enforce immigration laws.
Frosty Wooldridge is a member of the board at FAIR. Please consider
becoming a member at FAIR and join over a quarter of a million members
that feel strongly about enforcing our immigration laws and reducing
all legal immigration levels to sustainable levels. Instead of
1.2 million annually, we can only sustain a maximum of 100,000 annually.
Join today: www.FAIRus.org
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