Thursday, 16 August 2012 10:55

Illegals Line Up for Amnesty; Number Eligible Double Original Estimates

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Illegal immigrants lined up in droves on August 15 to apply for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, President Obama’s youth amnesty, but the number who will apply may be well more than double the first estimate.

The New York Times reported on Monday that 1.7 million illegal alien “youths” will likely apply for the amnesty and then to get work permits.

The program, two Republican legislators say in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, is likely to be rife with fraud because the government has not erected the necessary barriers to ensure that all the “youths” who apply for the amnesty are eligible for it.

The Amnesty

According to the Times, the amnesty, which Obama announced in June, is the president’s “most ambitious” immigration initiative yet: “The program, which grants two-year deportation deferrals and work permits to illegal immigrants brought here as children, creates a herculean job for the federal agency in charge, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.” The Times continued:

Agency officials are expecting the biggest load of paperwork in the shortest amount of time for a new program since 1986, when more than three million immigrants who were here illegally became legal residents under an amnesty.

Because deferrals are temporary and must be renewed after two years — when Mr. Obama may no longer occupy the White House — administration officials have been uncertain how many illegal immigrants would come forward to apply.

Frighteningly, the Times reported, the work permits that Obama will provide these illegals, in an economy where unemployment is soaring at more than eight percent, are a path for other legal documents. “The work permit young immigrants can receive with the deferral opens many doors that have been firmly shut. They can obtain valid Social Security numbers and apply for driver’s licenses, professional certificates and financial aid for college,” the newspaper reported.

That means illegal immigrants may well be impossible to deport. Once the Land of the Free provides all these benefits, there isn’t much chance politicians will have the courage to take them away.

The Times’' figure of 1.7 million eligible illegals comes from the Migration Policy Institute, which says 1.2 million are eligible now, with another 500,000 gaining eligibility by turning 15 years old in the coming years.

According to USCIS, the guidelines for application, in addition to a $465 fee, give amnesty to illegals who:

  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Came to the United States before reaching their 16th birthday;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;  
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making their request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or whose lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or
  • are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

All these criteria mean that when Obama officially announced the program in June, he essentially declared the failed DREAM Act to be law, which is what his deputies had been observing in practice for more than a year. The number of illegals who will benefit has, like the cost of ObamaCare, doubled over previous estimates. When the Times and other news organizations reported on the Obama DREAM Amnesty in June, they estimated 800,000 illegals would benefit

Fraud On The Horizon

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, want to know how the Obama administration will stop fraudulent applications for the amnesty, and how Obama will prevent a massive surge in illegals who get to stay because they are the parents of those eligible “youths.”

According to a letter they sent to the leftist Napolitano, “illegal immigrants must apply for work authorization.” The letter noted:

These illegal workers will compete for scarce jobs in difficult economic times with Americans who need to provide for their families. The Department has indicated that it may also grant relief to illegal immigrant parents who brought their children to the U.S. illegally. These parents will not be penalized for breaking the law when helping their illegal immigrant children apply for this new immigration benefit, and in turn, may also be allowed to work and compete with unemployed Americans.

Smith and Grassley noted that not only will these millions of immigrants compete with American workers for jobs, but “there seems to be little if any mechanism in place for vetting fraudulent applications and documentation submitted by those who seek deferred action.” They continued:

This administration will undoubtedly preside over one of the most fraud-ridden immigration programs in our history. Illegal immigrants will be eager to purchase or create fake documents showing that they arrived in the United States before the age of 16 and meet the continued physical presence requirements. DHS will be sorely taxed by the burden of disproving the evidence presented in each application. According to the Commission on Agricultural Workers, such fraud was prevalent during the 1986 Special Agricultural Worker (SAW) amnesty, where up to two-thirds of the amnesty applications for illegal immigrant "farmworkers" were fraudulent.

Smith and Grassley averred that the Obama administration has “made it distressingly clear” that the amnesty reprises the “large-scale fraud from the 1986 amnesty.” Their letter fingered the man running USCIS, Cuban-American Alejandro Mayorkas, who “indicated that confidentially [sic] will be protected when an individual applies for deferred action.”

The legislators worry that Mayorkas will permit illegals to commit fraud to stay in the country. “Director Mayorkas stated that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could not use the information from deferred action applications in subsequent removal proceedings. He did not make any exception for fraud,” the legislators wrote to Napolitano.

The letter detailed how illegals used the SAW amnesty to stay in the country fraudulently and flatly stated immigration officials likely won’t do a thing about illegals who game the system. “Department officials indicated to Committee staff that they would not use fraud prevention and detection measures that you consider ‘too expensive’ or ‘time consuming’, or that would ‘unduly impact’ USCIS’s other responsibilities,” Smith and Grassley wrote. They added:

This attitude blatantly demonstrates that the Department has little regard for preventing fraud, especially since the law allows the Department to impose fees for the benefit of deferred action. The illegal immigrants themselves, rather than the American taxpayer or legal immigrants, should bear any expense associated with the program.

The legislators also observed that illegals who qualify for the amnesty are supposed to have attended school, yet “Department officials stated that verified school transcripts would not be required from applicants. This is the single most effective anti-fraud step the Department could take, but it appears that little effort will be taken to detect fraud on the front end.”

Smith argues that “illegals are at the top of [the] president’s jobs agenda," noting that the amnesty will be a “magnet for fraud and abuse,” allowing people who will compete for jobs with Americans who will pay the bills.

Photo of immigrants in Maryland lining up for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals applications August 15: AP Images

 

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  • Comment Link Dave Francis Thursday, 16 August 2012 20:32 posted by Dave Francis

    Seriously though, are we as Americans expected forever to keep subsidizing pregnant females with 400.000 unborn babies smuggled annually, with hordes of indigent people who slip past borders or the other 40 percent who fly into America never to return home? It is so easy for the both parties to remain unconcerned or staying deliberately ignorant about this silent invasion. Do we as Americans have to further forfeit our lifestyles, as we continually pay a annual bloated taxes to pay for every destitute foreigners who finds their way here? These are unfunded state mandates that keep on growing in hundreds of billions of dollars. Whether its Governor Brewer in Arizona or another state politician elsewhere, this drain on state treasuries must stop?

    THE DREAM CHILDREN ARE HERE TO STAY, BUT IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT MUST BE ZERO TOLERANCE IN THE FUTURE. BUT REMEMBER THE PARENTS WHO ILLEGALLY BROUGHT THEM HERE HAVE NO DEFENSE AND STILL CAN BE REMOVED? UNQUESTIONABLY THE PARENTS ARE OPEN TO DEPORTATION, ONCE THE PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF THE ‘DREAMER’ IS REVEALED. The numbers of illegal aliens has risen through decades from the time of the first mass amnesty of 1968. From that time businesses have hounded politicians, to leave well alone and now illegal immigrants seem to have more influence than citizens? If these people came here with no expectations of living off the taxpayer, things might be more positive? But alas, that is not the case.

    For the high pressure corporate entities, its financial gain on a grand scale as the wealthy do not live in the neighborhoods, which are literary toilets for the poor and the uneducated foreigners. So they can laugh at us mere taxpayers, who have to deal with the rampant crime or just the deterioration of our communities. For the wealthy business owners it is just pure greed of discount illegal workers. These types of people are not bothered, as they are not paying out enormous taxes, to support the list of welfare handouts.

    I used to be a predictable Democrat, but I realize now that a large majority of their voters are out for what they can get? The freeloader--those who feel it’s the responsibility of the government to keep them and support their drug, drink and tobacco habits. The people who are medically infirm or mentally sick are the ones who are hurting, because government support has been cut way down, to pay the schooling, health care treatment for illegal aliens, which is our burden to tolerate? Over the years illegal immigration has become a huge unmovable yoke around the necks of every taxpayer and it’s not going away.

    Presumably not under the prospective presidency of MITT ROMNEY or President Obama will the situation change for the American people, but with an understanding of previous issue debates and discussions of VP Paul Ryan, he seems to have the attributes moderate conservative that can really upset his Democrat betrayers of the U.S. Constitution. It is doubtful to me that Mitt Romney has a TEA PARTY ideology, but his Vice President Ryan has been deemed one of the selected.

    Immigration and under Obama’s Justice Department all I can see for the future, is more unrealistic backdoor amnesties through executive orders. More money for taxpayers to keep filling the state treasuries to pay for unfunded mandates for illegal immigrant support, just as matching with the ObamaCare, so everybody is forcibly committed to pay for the parasites who find it easy to live of the working public.

    Whereas I was originally a democrat in a Republican family, but all I have ever seen from both political parties, is nothing more that the same agenda’s with never ever any different in the direction they are going. That’s why I joined the PEOPLE’S TEA PARTY and looking for change; change like America has never seen before. That’s why we have a maximum effort on behalf of advocates to intrude on the Republican Party to see a new direction. Issues like drilling for oil, locating natural gas and reopening the coal mines that Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency stringent regulations to not approve any permits. The green project pushed by fanatical environmentalists is pushing for windmills, solar are not enough at this time, when America desperately needs energy to run industry and our homes. Can you believe Obama actually wants to give even MORE money to the green industry—despite wasting billions in taxpayer dollars to fund now BANKRUPT solar companies? Can you say Solyndra? Remember that Obama donors had ties to those companies. Corruption and cronyism is running rampant at the taxpayers’ expense?

    Both parties are guilty of allowing OPEC and other countries to control our oil needs, when we have immense deposits off the coast and inland. Shipping goods is costing truckers their jobs, because Obama’s EPA prefers to stick us with foreign oil and the costs that come with it. Why is the EPA not turning off the Ethanol tap, when we need the corn to feed people and animals?

    Turn the tide of an unceasing Socialist experiment played by the Democrats and Liberals, with an incredulous plan that Obama is sure to enact if has a new coronation next year. The Tea Party no longer has the luxury of merely trying to win, it is now “do or die” for our nation. The struggle is between a socialist schedule and the endurance of the Free-Enterprise Republic. Decide now to join us in our fight…or be predestined to live in a country that is shackled by socialism. I’m afraid under Obama’s agenda there is no middle ground. To be perfectly clear, if the Tea Party falters now…if we lay back or slack off then America we know will be gone forever. The TEA PARTY will let free trade succeed, but will sanction countries as China who are manipulating their coinage and cheating us. We cannot trust the Democrats who remain deliberately unconcerned with non-citizens voting. Both parties refuse to enact mandatory E-Verify (H.R. 2885), to expel illegal aliens from businesses, and a Birthright Citizenship law (H.R. 140), that allows a projected 400.000 babies a year who gain citizenship, without a parent holding U.S. citizenship status. With an unmatched nationwide recession, the Democrats and Republicans have done nothing to reduce the 16 trillion deficits, that this country is now being financially asphyxiated.

    American citizens have witnessed firsthand the destructive power of Obama’s socialist agenda and seen, with their own eyes, the destruction that radical Marxist advocate Sal D. Alinsky tactics have brought. Surf his name on the Internet and see the influence of people as this individual and Socialist George Soros. Instead of Democrats following immigration laws as a policy issue they would rather stalk the state of Arizona, because they are the epicenter of illegal immigrants and migrants fleecing that state’s welfare coffers. Anybody who dares to go against the ultra left target is relentlessly pursued, such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio, or former Rep. Russell Pierce. Incidentally—this country is a nation of laws, but since Obama has been in power they have been ignored.

    We must use every asset, every tool, every means possible to stop the evil agenda in Washington and replace it with men of courage and vision, those dedicated to freedom, liberty and justice for all. We must do it NOW. Issues as the Tax code, which has been manipulated for the cronies in both parties. We need a tax equally for everybody and not just for corporate friends and the wealthy insiders of Wall Street, but for Main Street. The Tea Party is revolted by Obama’s nauseating lies and horrible claims about presidential candidate Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan. the campaign continues, it becomes painfully clear the office of the President of the United States of America has been mired by the un-American oratory and persistent mud-slinging coming from the party of the donkey. The Liberal mainstream Media protects their love child. In recent days, the Obama Regime has attacked the evolution of the TEA PARTY—attacking Mitt Romney—Paul Ryan—U.S. Constitution-- Conservative form of government--America’s system of checks and balances (no more Congressional approval needed for presidential appointees)--Freedom, guns and the American way. But the truth of the matter is clear, open and summarizing. While Obama strains to accuse Romney of nasty and contemptible acts, the people of the Tea Party know better!

    Obama has sanctioned Eric Holder’s and his minions “Gun Walking - Fast and Furious” which killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Then loving mothers and fathers, innocent grandparents and children in Mexico have been massacred by our weapons. Then U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada has endorsed in the Senate that the IRS child tax credit for illegal aliens costing 5 billion annually should continue, even if the children live outside the U.S. The Tea Party stands for conservative values across the board and will NOT back down even when assumed Conservative Republicans demand the Tea Party shut-up and sit down? American people must stand up and be counted or we be leaning towards a Socialist nation, with a massive bureaucratic uncontrollable government that shadows us all, with handouts for everybody. Only the voters, the destitute and the freeloaders are in the Democratic pockets, who have always wanted ‘Something for nothing.’ It is the same with the illegal aliens who have poured through fences, protesting for equal rights once here, brandishing foreign flags, insisting for the same rights as citizens-legal residents and now being given food stamps for their votes, even though they scorned our immigration laws to come here.

    Do you know that in the November 2010 mid-term election, less than 5 percent of military voters were able to cast an absentee vote that counted, according to data released by the federal Election Assistance Commission? Well sure, because they tend to vote Republican and NOT in Obama’s favor. Our own military men and women ROBBED of their vote. What’s more as part of the ROB THE VOTE plan: 2 million DEAD people are included in U.S. voter rolls. Washington is viciously fighting Florida’s challenge to clean up and purge voter records of illegal’s, deceased, non-citizens and those not eligible to vote. Lax controls at voter polls; a national campaign such as ACORN soliciting foreigners to register to vote and a strong opposition to the use of photo ID at voter polls by the Washington Czars. JOIN THE TEA PARTY AND END THIS MOVEMENT TOWARDS SOCIALISM AS THE COUNTRY OF GREECE?

    It might alarm you to know that there are some gaping holes in Barack Obama’s citizenship. Other than say decide for yourself, if the evidence supplied equals a response from the House of Representative and Senate. Just check out the relevant information at any TEA PARTY website or go directly to TEA PARTY DOT ORG. So much intelligence is being concealed by the Democrats and the mainstream press to this oppressive travesty. Learn even more intelligence at NumbersUSA and other pro sovereignty organizations.

  • Comment Link Connie Guest Thursday, 16 August 2012 18:03 posted by Connie Guest

    Well, after all, his aunt continues to live here illegally. BO's picture is beside the word "illegal" in the dictionary. He's illegally in the WH, isn't he???

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