Inconspicuously before the fireworks exploded to christen the New Year, President Barack Obama wedged in a number of proposed laws that would aid job-seeking illegal immigrants and students from abroad to the alleged detriment of many working American citizens.
“The rules, as proposed by Obama’s Department of Homeland Security, make it easier for employers to hire and retain foreign workers who have not yet received their green cards or ‘lawful protected resident’ status,” WND reports. “The U.S. already hands out approximately 1 million green cards per year, but under the proposed changes those foreigners who apply unsuccessfully for a green card can enter the workforce with a temporary work permit.”
On New Year’s Eve, 181 pages of the Obama administration’s recommended changes — highlighting the relaxed rules on issuing foreign nationals work permits — were published in the Federal Register, as well as specifications on easing the laws on foreigners illegally entering the U.S. and those coming to America on visas that prohibit them from working.
Details on the newly proposed policy by the president have many up in arms.
“One of the most pernicious of these new rules, according to immigration-watchdog groups, is the treatment of illegal immigrants who enter the U.S. seeking asylum,” WND’s Leo Hohmann explained. “Buried on Page 113 of the document is a provision that says, ‘Aliens who have properly filed applications for asylum or withholding of deportation or removal; will automatically be eligible to receive a work permit.”
This means that the new regulations being pushed by Obama would let anyone illegally entering the U.S. who fills out an application for a suspension of deportation to be granted permission to work in America.
“Someone could just show up at the border, file for asylum, and get a work permit — without even having to meet asylum criteria,” a congressional aide on Capitol Hill informed.
Just the beginning …
But the abuses allowing illegal immigration don’t stop there, as the spouses and children of the illegal foreign workers entering would also be granted work permits under the president’s new law, further hurting employment for citizens.
“Many of the changes would apply to work permits issued to foreign college-graduates who will compete against Americans primarily for white-collar positions,” Hohmann added. “The new rules, which completely bypass Congress, will make foreign graduates cheaper for U.S. employers to hire than many U.S.-born college grads.”
And the abuses go on …
“One of the more controversial aspects of the rule changes is a proposed automatic renewal of the work permit for 15 categories of foreign nationals,” WND’s analysis of the 181-page document points out. “Several of the categories who would benefit from the automatic renewals include persons who entered the U.S. illegally while others may have come legally as a refugee, asylum seeker or one of the myriad temporary visa programs but have not yet received a green card.”
An annual dramatic spike in foreign nationals granted work permits — or employment authorization documents — will imminently result if the Obama administrations newly proposed regulations become law.
“The EAD, or ‘work permit,’ allows a foreign national to work in the United States on a temporary basis, typically for two years although the time-frame can vary, and should not be confused with the more permanent ‘green card,’” Hohmann notes. “It’s unclear how many foreign nationals would be allowed to stay in the country every year under these new rules who otherwise would be forced to leave, but it could run into the tens of thousands, according to critics.”
The repercussion of the adoption of the president’s law could be boundless.
“It’s theoretically not limited except by the number of applications,” the congressional aide insisted. “Think of it this way: the Obama administration can approve an unlimited number of green card applications, knowing they are in excess of the cap and going into the ‘backlog’ and then they can give everyone EADs, creating a kind of parallel immigration program.”
It’s already started
Center for Immigration Studies Director Jessica Vaughan says that since 2009, Obama has been issuing work permits to foreigners who only “applied” for asylum, and that the new policy would go above and beyond this lax policy and make it official.
“Because neither lawful permanent residents (green card holders) nor temporary work visa holders need a work permit, this amounts to a huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the numerical limits and categories set by Congress,” a written statement by Vaughan divulged. “The huge number of work permits being issued above and beyond these limits inevitably reduces opportunities for U.S. workers, damages the integrity of the immigration system, and encourages illegal immigration.”
Vaughn shared the magnitude of the president’s foreigner “work permit” program.
“Approximately 2.1 million work permits were issued to aliens with temporary visas or who entered under the Visa Waiver Program between 2009 and the end of 2014,” the analyst continued. “Of these, about 1.4 million (66 percent) had a visa status for which employment is generally prohibited under the law, except in what are supposed to be rare cases. For example, more than 548,000 work permits were issued to aliens on tourist visas and 593,000 were issued to foreign students. More than 213,000 were issued to dependents of students and guest workers — all categories in which the law prohibits employment except in rare circumstances.”
It is also argued that Obama’s relaxed immigration policies are intended to work around the system so that the numbers of illegal immigrants remaining in the U.S. go relatively unnoticed.
“Ask yourself: Why would an asylum ‘applicant’ need a new work permit? How long are they going to be allowed to live and work here before they have even been approved?” the aide from Capitol Hill posed. “And, if rejected, they will obviously never leave. These are eligibility criteria invented by the administration.”
Yet the Department of Homeland Security insists that the newly proposed laws merely expand opportunity for foreigners.
“[The modifications are designed] to provide additional stability and flexibility to employers and workers [who benefit from the employment-based visa programs by] improving job portability [for foreigners desiring to work in the U.S.]”
Hohmann notes Obama’s convenient timing — during Congress’ holiday break — of releasing these details to appear in the Federal Register. He also referred to a nationally renowned champion of legal immigration to explain the threat on national security that Obama’s immigration policy will put America in.
“Obama and his socialist billionaire backers like George Soros want to attract and import as many people into America as possible before the end of his term to secure their long-range plans to overthrow the American republic from within,” Americans for Legal Immigration President William Gheen said to WND during an interview. “They want more people with views that are foreign to American principles and our Constitution that are also dependent upon the corrupt federal government for their presence and livelihood here. Obama can do these things because Ryan and his 150 RINOs in Congress are funding, protecting, and facilitating Obama’s betrayals of the Constitution and our citizens.”