Obama Prepping Amnesty for 34 Million?
By Matthew Vadum
The Obama administration may be planning to issue 34 million work visas and green cards in coming weeks without the required legal authorization from Americans’ elected representatives in Congress, according to a recently uncovered government procurement order.
If 34 million individuals were amnestied the U.S. population would grow by more than a tenth. The U.S. Census Bureau currently estimates the nation’s population at a little over 319 million. There is no official count of illegal aliens present in the United States but 11 million is one widely circulated estimate. Some studies put the figure as high as 38 million.
The procurement order is a smoking gun suggesting that President Obama intends to plunge the nation into a grave constitutional crisis after Election Day by using executive orders to unilaterally enact an amnesty affecting millions of undocumented aliens now unlawfully present in the United States. The prospective amnesty could also impact aliens who have yet to arrive in the country.
Congress has repeatedly refused to grant the amnesties that Obama seeks, but the president refuses to take no for an answer, pressing on regardless of how much damage he inflicts on the country.
A large-scale amnesty would be a profoundly cynical move that would reward lawbreaking and beget future immigration amnesties. It would also spell electoral death for the Republican Party in coming years because Latinos, who are believed to comprise the bulk of the illegals, have traditionally shown a strong preference for the Democratic Party and its left-of-center public policies.
The amnesty that Obama promised his radical political base had been widely expected to take place after Labor Day last month but in the summer the president took significant political heat over the plan and the still-ongoing invasion of the southern border by illegal aliens –many of them unaccompanied minors and gang members — from Central America. Obama then apparently decided to delay the executive action until after next month’s elections in hopes of not sabotaging Democrats’ efforts to hang onto control of the U.S. Senate.
Obama’s scheme came to light when Breitbart News uncovered a draft request for proposals that appears to provide broad outlines of the president’s extra-legal amnesty scheme two weeks before congressional elections that may place both chambers of Congress in the hands of Republicans.
The Oct. 6 procurement document prepared by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that prospective documentation vendors be able to handle a “surge” scenario involving 9 million ID cards in a one-year period “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.” This means the USCIS is gearing up to more than double the baseline quantity of green cards and work permits it issues.
USCIS will need at least 4 million cards a year and an extra 5 million cards in 2016 under the “surge” scenario. “The guaranteed minimum for each ordering period is 4,000,000 cards,” according to the document. “The estimated maximum for the entire contract is 34,000,000 cards.”
USCIS is purchasing materials needed to make Permanent Residency Cards (PRC), also referred to as green cards, as well as Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards that have been issued under Obama’s legally questionable Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It is unclear how many of each kind of card USCIS would issue.
Jessica Vaughan of the nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies said the USCIS document “seems to indicate that the president is contemplating an enormous executive action that is even more expansive than the plan that Congress rejected in the ‘Gang of Eight’ bill.”
“Even four million combined green cards and EADs is a significant number, let alone the ‘surge’ contemplated by USCIS,” according to the article by investigative reporter Jonathan Strong of Breitbart News. “For instance, in the first two years after Obama unilaterally enacted DACA, about 600,000 people were approved by USCIS under the program. Statistics provided by USCIS on its website show that the entire agency had processed 862,000 total EADs in 2014 as of June.”
The Obama administration brushed off the apparent significance of the request for proposals.
“Solicitations of this nature are frequent practice for all USCIS contracts and allow the Agency to be prepared for fluctuations in the number of immigration applications received, which can arise for any number of reasons,” USCIS spokesman Christopher Bentley yawned.
Republicans lawmakers bristled.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), a longtime amnesty opponent, said the request for proposals is a “startling confirmation of the crisis facing our Republic.”
Kevin Smith, an aide to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who along with the congressional GOP leadership supports some kind of immigration amnesty, said Boehner rejects the Obama plan. “The Speaker has made perfectly clear to the president that it is unacceptable for him to unilaterally re-write immigration law on his own and the Speaker will never support this type of action,” Smith said.
Although amnesty remains deeply unpopular among the American public at large, the activist Left wants the illegal aliens present in the U.S. to be processed because they see them as future Democratic voters. In addition, many labor unions, such as SEIU (which has executives focused solely on immigration issues) see today’s illegals as future union members. Business lobbies favor amnesty because they crave the cheap, largely unskilled labor.
The radicals’ goal is to use immigration to subvert the American system, just as it has been since the 1960s when the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) shepherded reform of that era’s immigration laws through Congress. The concept is simple: Flood America with people who don’t share Americans’ traditional philosophical commitment to the rule of law, limited government, and markets, in order to force changes in society.
President Lyndon Johnson at least allowed the lawmaking process to function, signing the immigration reforms of the day into law after they had worked their way through Congress.
President Obama isn’t that patient. He doesn’t care what Congress does. He’s got a pen and a phone –and now a request for proposals involving 34 million immigration documents — with which to fundamentally transform America.