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Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:30 am, Sat Aug 18, 2012.

No one is surprised but millions of Americans are disappointed and angry. The estimated number of work permits to be issued to alien DREAMers now stands at 2 million.

On June 15, when President Obama announced his unconstitutional executive order to remove certain aliens aged 16 to 30 from deportation, the White House established 800,000 as the target. But upon closer inspection, analysts predicted that the actual number would be 1.2 million. After still further study, 2 million will become quasi-permanent residents and receive the added bonus of being able to enter the workforce to compete head-to-head with nearly 20 million unemployed or underemployed Americans.

Another update: The beneficiaries of coveted work permits are no longer referred to as DREAMers but rather "Childhood Arrivals" and, accordingly, the title of the president's initiative is "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals."

According to an Aug. 7 Migration Policy Institute press release, the revised estimate reflects "the updated DHS guidelines that youths lacking a high school or GED degree would be eligible to apply for deferred action as long as they have re-enrolled by the date of their application." (The MPI press release is available online here: www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/FS24_deferredaction.pdf.)

From the DHS information, MPI estimates that 350,000 illegal immigrants (ages 16 and older) without a high school degree or GED (in other words, high school drop-outs) could be removed from the possibility of deportation and would also receive work authorization, the same is as if they were legal immigrants.

Even though DREAM advocates have said for years that the young students represent the nation's future doctors, scientists and astronauts, many of the current applicants can't fill out the paperwork on their own. Large numbers of volunteers are on hand to help them. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has set aside $3 million for that purpose alone.

Aliens will be immune from deportation if they were (allegedly) brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, have completed — or are in the process of completing — high school or served in the military. They also can apply for a work permit that will be valid for two years even though record high unemployment cuts across all demographic sectors, including U.S.-born Hispanic Americans, about 35 percent of which are jobless.

There are, however, no set DHS guidelines for confirming any of the information the aliens present; the entire process is open to massive fraud. Aliens will not have to appear personally, so many of the conclusions DHS will make about eligibility will be based on good faith, rarely a dependable barometer.

The president's staggering audacity to unilaterally pardon millions of aliens and then reward them with highly coveted work permits shocks even the most hardened and cynical Capitol Hill observers. Obama, in a demonstration of absolute power, bypassed Congress, which has the sole responsibility for immigration legislation. In fact, since 2001 when it was first introduced, Congress under both Republican and Democratic control defeated the DREAM Act multiple times.

The childhood arrivals program has not had Congressional oversight hearings, cost analysis or impact studies, or any other form of debate that would have exposed its detrimental effect on Americans, especially the unemployed. The California Congressional contingent has been, as it always is, silent about the latest alien outrage even though the state has more "childhood arrivals" than any other. In nine counties that surround the San Francisco Bay Area, there are more Obama beneficiaries than in all of Arizona.

DHS started to distribute forms earlier this week. Officials were shocked at the numbers who waited. In Chicago, the New York Times reported lines longer than a mile — too many to handle in a single day.

One thing you can be sure of is that in the end, many more than 2 million will soon be in the job market competing with Americans for employment.

Joe Guzzardi retired from the Lodi Unified School District in 2008. He lives in Pittsburgh. Contact him at guzzjoe@yahoo.com.

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11 comments:

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 8:44 am on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    "With respect to the notion that I could suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed and I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard so you know we have three branches of government. Congresses passes the law. The executive branch's job is to enforce and implement those laws and then the judiciary has to interpret the law. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system, that for me through simply an executive order ignore those mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president."

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:21 am on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2850

    Joe Guzzardi wrote:

    The president's staggering audacity to unilaterally pardon millions of aliens and then reward them with highly coveted work permits shocks even the most hardened and cynical Capitol Hill observers.

    -This is an understatement.

    And another thing. Bobin and Co. represent a whole new definition of hardened and cynical.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 10:42 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2850

    Clearly it is those who pander to the Illegals from Mexico who are the uptight ones. If Mexico wasn't there and it was the issue of illegals from other countries they would be just as angry as Joe is about the work permits. A good majority of Anericans fall into the category that an illegal is an illegal regardless of their nationality. And then there is a minority category (that is the most vocal and downright irritating to the majority category) that believe Illegals from Mexico should be the only ones exempt from immigration policy. And this minority category has the nerve to call the majority category racsist. PRICELESS!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:48 pm on Sat, Aug 18, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I only see one bigot of this thread... clearly, Mr Crowder takes every opportunity and feels empowered to express his extreme anti religious positions whenever he can.
    Whenever a Christian expresses their beliefs he is quick to make hateful comments as if pavlov rang his bell.

     
  • Robert Chapman posted at 10:25 am on Sat, Aug 18, 2012.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    Wow, I betcha everyone who claimed poor Walter's posts were bizarre are now sorry. Who knew he was heavily medicated on Zoloft? But, it sure explains a lot about his take on life and his political affiliation. I think most all liberals are taking the same medicine, which is most likely supplied free of charge from Obamacare for documented Democratic liberals only.

     
  • Andy Crowder posted at 9:50 am on Sat, Aug 18, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    Thanks, Joe (and the LNS as well), for our weekly dose of xenophobia. It empowers the bigots to speak out on their deeply held prejudices. And evidenced by the posts below, what a wonderful opportunity for them to spew the falsehoods that fill their email inboxes.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 8:58 am on Sat, Aug 18, 2012.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Facts are no match for emotions. [sleeping]

     
  • Robert Chapman posted at 8:48 am on Sat, Aug 18, 2012.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    I suspect that these "dreamers" will be entitled to unentitled entitlements. They won't need jobs as they will have taxpayer money to buy what they want. And you can be certain they won't be counted in the unemployed statistics. Obama certainly doesn't want the true unemployment percentage any higher than it already shows.

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 8:43 am on Sat, Aug 18, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1146

    Sertraline (Zoloft) is used to treat depression, general anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder...

    This medication may improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy level and may help restore your interest in daily living.

    It may decrease fear, anxiety, unwanted thoughts, and the number of panic attacks.

    It may also reduce the urge to perform repeated tasks (compulsions such as repeatedly posting on forums and blogs) that interfere with daily living.

    Sertraline is known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It works by helping to restore the balance of a certain natural substance (serotonin) in the brain.


     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:46 am on Sat, Aug 18, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Liebich stated...The fact that there are those who still worship this man is a true testament of how dumbed down the average brain-dead American has become

    I wouldn't word it that way as worship is more a religious term. Since the secular population and people pretending to be Christians make up most the people who support Obama, I think a better description would be...

    ...the fact that millions perceive that Barack H Obama's vision of the America he desires to transform it to is their vision as well is heartbreaking for those who appreciate freedom.

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 1:15 am on Sat, Aug 18, 2012.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    In March of 2011, President Barack Obama addressed a town hall forum hosted by the spanish speaking network Univision. He was questioned about the immigration and deportation issue. His answer was as follows...

    "With respect to the notion that I could suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed and I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard so you know we have three branches of government. Congresses passes the law. The executive branch's job is to enforce and implement those laws and then the judiciary has to interpret the law. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system, that for me through simply an executive order ignore those mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president."

    The fact that there are those who still worship this man is a true testament of how dumbed down the average brain-dead American has become...
    [sleeping]

     

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