The Obama administration’s end runs around Congress’ immigration laws are nothing new. Government data show millions of work permits issued from 2009 to 2014 went …
According to a Center for Immigration Studies ( cis.org) report, about 1.4 million work permits went to aliens holding tourist or student visas or alien dependents of students and guest workers — all allowed to work only “in rare circumstances.”
More than 2.2 million went to aliens here illegally or otherwise “unqualified for admission.” Another 1.9 million went to aliens whose status — and identity — is unclear. And those work permits for illegal aliens and tourist-visa holders were in addition to those granted to illegals under the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programs.
That means millions of aliens able to “legally” work in U.S. jobs, even while awaiting “green cards” or other legal status. And that even as other would-be immigrants following the rules await their turns in their home countries.
CIS says all this “inevitably reduces opportunities for U.S. workers, damages the integrity of the immigration system, and encourages illegal immigration.