Americans hoping to see sensible immigration reform during 2014 were flat out of luck. Instead of getting border security, interior enforcement, an end to birthright citizenship and mandated E-Verify, President Obama delivered the opposite.
All year, concerned citizens suffered through the Central American border surge and a decline in total deportations. Ending birthright citizenship and mandating E-Verify never made it onto the radar screen. The year’s coup de grâce was President Obama’s unconstitutional, unilateral amnesty for five million aliens that includes – like Christmas presents wrapped up in pretty paper and bows – work permits, Social Security numbers and Medicare.
|With only seven of 1,000 new USCIS hires assigned to fraud detection, rubber stamping five million amnesty applications is unavoidable.|
Right down to 2014’s last days, the disappointing news continued. In his December 28 appearance on Fox News, U.S. Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) revealed that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has leased office space in Crystal City, Virginia, for $7.8 million, and has allocated another $40 million for salaries. USCIS is in the process of hiring 1,000 new employees, but only seven hires will be assigned to fraud detection, a sure sign that rubberstamping of most applications will be inevitable.
Gohmert correctly said that the $48 million is “just the beginning,” and that before the amnesty process is complete the sum will represent a mere “drop in the bucket.” Analysts calculate that over 50 years, amnesty will cost taxpayers $2 trillion. Americans who lose their jobs to newly work authorized illegal immigrants will also pay a heavy fiscal and emotional price, Gohmert predicted.
During his interview, Gohmert took several not-too-subtle swipes at House Speaker John Boehner and GOP party leadership, suggesting that it was spineless. Gohmert criticized Boehner’s border bill that the House refused to take up in August. Instead, Gohmert suggested that when the 114th Congress convenes, it begin by reintroducing the stronger one that eventually passed, but which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked.
Calling the harm Obama’s amnesty inflicts on Americans “immeasurable,” Gohmert pointed out that blacks who have a disproportionately high unemployment rate will suffer the most. Watch the Gohmert interview here.
All is not lost, however. The first work permits will not be issued until May which allows at least four months for the states’ lawsuits against the Obama administration to move forward, and possibly stymie the process.
Please do your part. Go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to urge your state’s governor and attorney general to join the Texas-led coalition fighting against amnesty, if they are not already part of it.