Update – Playing Politics with Illegal Immigration
Merely a month ago President Obama signed an Executive Order relaxing the deportation enforcement rules for young illegal immigrants. A brief refresher regarding the Executive Order - illegal
immigrants up to 30 years old who came to the United States as children and do not pose a risk to national security would be eligible to stay in the country and allowed to apply for work permits.
Last week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano was before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions regarding the plan. Secretary Napolitano was grilled by many of the committee members on this issue. The questions turned to how this new policy would affect jobs in a market where the unemployment rate continues above 8%.
Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Immigration Subcommittee Chairman, wanted to get specific information as to the numbers of illegal immigrants who would be receiving work permits under the plan. Upon the fourth question from Rep. Gallegly, Secretary Napolitano finally admitted that she didn’t know.
Now a month after the Executive Order, DHS are still unable to give an accurate answer as to how many illegal immigrants would be entering the workforce.
The committee also was told that there is no list of documents that will be accepted by DHS for those applying for the deferred deportation amnesty plan.