No surprise, right! But what did Obama really give them?
According to CASA, it appears that they had been hearing from some in the Hispanic community in Maryland that many were disillusioned with Obama, until!—until he unilaterally offered a sort-of amnesty to “dreamers.” Here is an article worth reading at CASA’s website:
A year ago, we were doing local campaigning for [Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake*] and Hispanic voters we were running into who said they wouldn’t vote for Obama again,” Alex [Elizabeth Alex a CASA political organizer] said. [By the way, is CASA, a non-profit, allowed to campaign in elections?—ed]
But that all changed in June when President Obama announced a deferred action policy for a specific group of young immigrants to be protected from deportation and be given an opportunity to receive work permits, Alex said. This policy is similar to the Maryland DREAM Act, which gives a path to citizenship to young adults who were brought to this country illegally as children and now want to work and attend college but cannot because they don’t have proper documentation.
Now jump on over to this news story this week about the cost of the Obama “dreamer” amnesty, and a list of the hoops the youngsters (up to age 30!) must go through to get a 2-year work permit.
***Update August 15th: I just went to that story link above and see that the story has been pulled! It’s a good thing that I captured as much as I did (below) before it was removed.
I think you will laugh at this and wonder how these poor “dreamer” kids were snookered by the O-man. Not one of them will have received a work permit BEFORE the November election.
Under the new program, which President Barack Obama announced last month, eligible immigrants must have arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthday, are 30 or younger, have been living here at least five years, are in school or graduated or served in the military. [Imagine the process of investigating all these claims and checking whether they had actually been here at those various points in time.—ed]
They also must not have a criminal record or otherwise pose a safety threat. They can apply to stay in the country and be granted a work permit for two years, but they would not be granted citizenship.[So, in two years do they have to do this all over again?—ed]
Each “dreamer” is expected to pay a $465 processing fee beginning as soon as August 15th to help offset the huge cost of the program (and the Feds still have to hire lots of new people to process applications). What happens if the USCIS spends a lot of money hiring new employees, which they surely must do by August 15th, and few “dreamers” apply?
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services estimated it could receive more than 1 million applications during the first year of the program, or more than 3,000 per day. It would cost between $467 million and $585 million to process applications in the first two years of the program, with revenues from fees paid by immigrants estimated at $484 million, according to the plans…
So, let’s see, the “dreamers” go through the process (including getting a photo ID!) and as many as 151,000 might be rejected in the first year!
What happens to the rejects now that we have all their information—where they live and fingerprints and photos?
The government estimated that as many as 890,000 immigrants in the first year would be immediately eligible to avoid deportation. The remaining 151,000 immigrants would likely be rejected as ineligible.
The plans estimated that the Homeland Security Department could need to hire more than 1,400 full-time employees, as well as contractors, to process the applications. Salaries were included in the agency’s estimates of total program costs.
Once immigrants submit their applications, it could take between two and 10 days for the Homeland Security Department to scan and file it. It could take up to four weeks longer to make an appointment for immigrants to submit their fingerprints and take photographs. A subsequent background check could take six more weeks, then three more months for the government to make its final decision before a work permit would be issued.
Let’s go over that timeline:
2-10 days to scan and file application
4 weeks for photos and fingerprints
6 weeks for background check
3 months for government to decide if one is granted a work permit or rejected (again, what happens to rejects?)
Looks like at least January before the first of the “dreamers” learns if he has been granted a two year stay or is rejected! And, of course that all happens after the November Presidential election!
Meanwhile, unions representing ICE agents held a press conference this week to object to the new and confusing policy that has brought “chaos” to their jobs.
* The Mayor thinks she can rebuild dying Baltimore by inviting immigrants to re-populate the city. Would someone please tell me how poor people on welfare with no jobs will help the city? Top story, front page of the Washington Post on Wednesday of this past week, here.