The Associated Press reported this week that the first of 72,000 applicants (so far) for a stay of deportation have been approved to work in the US. That is just three weeks after applicants began filing!
We reported, here, and the AP confirms that the application process for the “kids” (up to age 30) was supposed to take months, but it seems that the Obama Administration is pushing the “dreamers” through quickly and one can only assume this is so they have time to register to vote! (which is still supposed to be illegal even for dreamers, but you know how that goes, no one asks!).
Also, Obama is probably trying to get as many “approved” as possible in case he loses the election. It would make it much harder on a future Romney Administration to undo the program if tens of thousands of “kids” have gotten their work permits.
From AP at CBS News:
Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The first approvals come just three weeks after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services started accepting applications for the program Mr. Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano first announced June 15.
In an internal document obtained by The Associated Press, the government had estimated previously that it could take months for each application to be reviewed and approved. So far, about 72,000 people have applied to avoid deportation.
“Following a thorough, individualized case review, USCIS has now begun notifying individuals of the determination on their deferral requests,” DHS spokesman Peter Boogaard said in a statement Tuesday.
DHS said background checks, including fingerprinting, are being conducted on each immigrant before an application can be approved. The average wait time for approval is expected to be about four months to six months. [But, it is taking 3 weeks!—ed]
Most applications for immigration benefits take several months for USCIS to process.
Rep. Lamar Smith: “… raises serious concerns about fraud…” No kidding!
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has derided the policy as “backdoor amnesty.”
“It’s astounding that the president’s administration can move so quickly to grant work authorization to illegal immigrants yet his jobs council hasn’t met in over eight months to find solutions to put unemployed Americans back to work,” Smith said Tuesday. “Such a quick turnaround for these amnesty applications raises serious concerns about fraud and a lack of thorough background checks. President Obama and his administration continue to put illegal immigrants ahead of the interests of the American people.”
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