Illegal Immigration Shadow System Has Operated since 2009

Long before President Obama’s executive order a shadow system was set up to give illegal immigrants work visas.

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We all remember in November of last year that President Obama issued an executive order granting status to millions of illegal immigrants.

But recent information raises the question of why he bothered. According to the executive branch had been granting amnesty long before then: “Report: 5.5 Million Additional Work Permits Issued Since 2009 in ‘Shadow’ Authorization System.”

The Obama administration has been issuing millions of work permits over the limits set by Congress, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.

In the report released Monday, the anti-amnesty group explains data it obtained from U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) via a Freedom of Information Request.

Federal records show, the CIS finds, that from 2009-2014 the agency issued 5,461,568 new work permits to immigrants, beyond the 1.1 million legal immigrants and 700,000 guest workers admitted to the U.S. each year.

CIS laid out three categories of immigrants who received work authorization under what the group is calling a “shadow” system:

  • Approximately 1.8 million new work permits were issued to aliens with temporary visas or who entered under the visa waiver program. Of these, about 1.2 million (67%) had a visa status for which employment is not authorized by law, such as foreign students and independents of guest workers.
  • About 982,000 new work permits issued to illegal aliens or aliens unqualified for admission. Of these, 957,000 were aliens who crossed the border illegally (Entered Without Inspection). Inexplicably, 1,200 new work permits were issued to aliens who were denied asylum, were suspected of using fraudulent documents, were stowaways, or were refused at a port of entry.
  • About 1.7 million, were issued to aliens whose status was unknown, not recorded by the adjudicator, or not disclosed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency that processes the applications.

So what are we to make of this? It seems that Obama’s executive order was not all that new. He was already directing his executive agencies to grant amnesty. Whether or not you think such immigrants should be given work permits, the executive branch did not have the power to re-write law that was passed by Congress.

But that didn’t stop him!