Barletta Statement on Obama Preparation for Executive Action on Illegal Immigration
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued a statement regarding President Obama’s preparations for post-election executive action to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants already present in this country. The Washington Post, among other news outlets, has reported that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has ordered card stock for making work permits and Permanent Resident Cards, meaning “at least 5 million cards a year, with as many as 9 million ‘during the initial period.’” A draft contract proposal from USCIS calls for as many as 34 million cards over a five-year period.
The apparent amnesty plans are in addition to the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, under which illegal immigrants are not deported if they claim to have been brought to the U.S. under the age of 16, have been present for five years, and are 30 years old or younger, among other qualifications.
Barletta’s statement is as follows:
“The president has all but admitted that he cannot issue his executive orders on illegal immigration before the election because he knows how widely unpopular it would be. This revelation is proof that the groundwork is already being laid to grant amnesty post-election to millions upon millions of people who have broken our laws to enter this country. The administration already has exceeded its authority to manipulate our immigration laws, and it is jarring to see the sheer scale of his future plans to do more.
“Adding millions more to the workforce will only make it more difficult for Americans and legal residents to find jobs, and it is an affront to those who studiously followed our immigration laws in the first place. We already know that the president’s DACA program has caused long delays for people who are trying to enter the country lawfully, and this massive infusion of more amnesty cases will only make matters worse.
“We have been reminded repeatedly of national security risks posed by the surge of illegal immigrants at our southern border, continued pledges by terrorists to attack us here at home, and deadly biological threats from abroad. Now is the worst time to contemplate rewarding illegal behavior with seemingly blanket amnesty.
“We have immigration laws for two primary reasons: to protect the safety of Americans, and to protect American jobs. The president’s covert actions to prepare for tens of millions of amnesty cases undermine both of those principles.”