Obama Amnesty Begins for Millions of Illegal Aliens
Obama Amnesty Begins for Millions of Illegal Aliens: Work Permits, No Safeguards Against Fraud
Obama’s lawless bypass of Congress in granting blanket amnesty to millions of illegal aliens began this morning across America.
Tens of thousands of illegals lined up early, and flooded into DHS centers to apply for nearly automatic 2-year stays from deportation and work permits, with far looser provisions and requirements than were ever imagined in any version of the 3-times defeated ‘Dream Act’ in Congress.
Thanks to Obama’s decree on June 15th, blanket amnesty for illegal aliens under 30 begins today as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) begins accepting applications for “deferred action” and work authorization.
To soften the public relations blow, the White House estimated that about “only 800,000″ illegal aliens would be covered under this amnesty, when Obama issued his edict – a complete fiction that he knew the media would not challenge. However, the figure was disputed by the Pew Hispanic Center, which estimated about 1.4 million beneficiaries. Then last week, the pro-amnesty Migration Policy Institute estimated that 1.76 million illegal aliens will be eligible.
In reality, the numbers will be higher – FAR higher. Why? Because, as House Judiciary chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told DHS Secretary Napolitano in an August 13th letter, there are no mechanisms in place to detect, deter, or to punish fraud.
NONE. Nothing to stop illegals who either fall slightly outside the criteria, or far beyond its provisions to submit fraudulent documents and gain an automatic 2-year stay from deportation, and no consequences if they do. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does not even require original or certified documents to be submitted – opening up a Pandora’s box of potential fraud from a group of individuals accustomed to a lifetime of employment and Social Security fraud, tax evasion and identity theft.
What is to stop 2 million new border crossers tomorrow from applying for and receiving this amnesty? Absolutely nothing.
So why are there zero safeguards against fraud in this process? As FAIR’s Ira Mehlman pointed out:
The lack of fraud control is not an accident; it is by design. According to the letter, DHS officials have confirmed that the Department will not use fraud prevention or detection methods that are “too expensive,” “time consuming,” or which would “unduly impact” the expedited processing of applications…
In plain English – because they don’t want to reject any of these applicants. This is a political act. The provisions and requirements are absurd and completely for show. You can read yourself the new, so-called “guidelines” published just two days ago by the USCIS. In it one discovers that the path to amnesty is easily available for illegals aliens under the following circumstances:
- Provide a simple affidavit that one arrived in the U.S. prior to his or her 16th birthday and is under the age of 30
- Submit easily-acquired or fabricated copies of school or health records to back this up
- No H.S. diploma or GED is required, as in the Senate ‘Dream Act’ bill – as little as enrollment in a “literacy course” or “GED preparation course” will suffice. Did they even finish the course or obtain a GED? DHS won’t follow-up to find out.
- Even Middle-School dropouts can qualify, as the DailyCaller discovered. So much for our “future scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs”. This amnesty opens to door to hundreds of thousands of unskilled workers to be granted legal status.
- No meaningful background checks will be performed, as DHS does not have the staff or budget to do so (and wants to rubber stamp them in any case)
- Illegals are permitted less than “three misdemeanor convictions” that are not “significant” – and even more if they are concurrent with a single crime – and still receive Obama’s amnesty. Even if they have a felony, DHS can waive the restriction in “special cases”.
- There is NO punishment for fraud in the application process. As USCIS puts it: “DHS annot use information from deferred action applications against the alien during subsequent removal proceedings”
- Since illegal aliens typically have multiple fake or stolen identities, criminals and even terrorists could gain quasi-legal status through this process, due to the failure to properly vet their documentation.
- Illegal aliens are being charged a miniscule $465 fee – and no penalties – to apply, but even that fee can be waived. As a result, this amnesty will cost the taxpayers at least $585 million (and that is based on the lower estimate of applicants)
Above: An estimated 12,000 illegal aliens line up – a mile long - to apply for Obama’s ‘Dream’ amnesty in Chicago this morning.
Below: Lines around the block in Los Angeles.
These foreign workers will enter the legal job market alongside the 23 million American citizens who are unemployed or underemployed. Current unemployment rates are especially high among younger Latinos and African-Americans. For example, less than half of young African-American men lack full-time jobs.
The economic impact will be devastating. And what of the impact on the upcoming election? How many states or counties with purposely loose standards of voter ID would permit these illegal aliens to use their newly-acquired work permits to register to vote this fall? The breathless attempts by the Department of Justice to block strict Voter ID provisions in Arizona, Texas and South Carolina make a lot more sense in this new context.
It is insanity. Yet, the outrage from Congress and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney have been muted at best. This despite the brazen nullification of multiple laws enacted by Congress, and the rejection – on three occasions – of the ‘DREAM Act’. This despite a process that will have zero safeguards to prevent massive fraud, will invite a new wave of border crossers, and has no provision to weed out criminals or terrorists.
In fact we at SWA can count on one hand the number of Reps. willing to strongly speak out against this, namely Rep. Smith, Sen. Grassley, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Rep Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX).
As the political opposition is impotent, and the media is censoring the truth about this amnesty, providing only heartwarming vignettes of the most sympathetic, outlying cases, Stand With Arizona is teaming up with media allies to bring the truth about this insane amnesty to the American people over the airways in the next 3 months.
What can YOU do? Contact your Representatives right away (LINK HERE).
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