Obama Is About To Take Massive Immigration Action ‘Far Scarier Than Anyone Could Have Imagined’
The Obama administration has announced yet another attempt to use executive power to expand immigration without seeking congressional authorization.
The Hill reports that when Homeland Security Jeh Johnson rolled out the so-called “executive amnesty” plan last November, one of the changes mentioned was vaguely titled, “Modernizing the Employment-Based Immigrant Visa System.” The program is aimed at helping the tech industry to get workers from overseas.
“But a secret memo recently leaked on an immigration law blog now reveals that this ‘modernization’ plan will not only fast-track hundreds of thousands of work permits to employment visa-applicants in violation of longstanding U.S. worker protection laws, but will enable hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens to also receive work permits despite their unlawful status,” according to The Hill.
Under the current system, guest workers in the United States who wish to stay on permanently must arrange with their employers to “sponsor” them by filing a I-140 application, so the workers can get in line for a green card. If their status is changed to permanent resident alien, they receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) green card, which allows them to work anywhere in the country and makes them eligible to apply for government benefits.