DHS ➠ Executive Amnesty May Add $484 Million A Year
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimates that President Obama’s executive amnesty program may require the hiring of over 3,000 employees and cost taxpayers $484 million a year.
In response to an expense request from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the USCIS, the DHS agency in charge of managing legal immigration to the U.S., presented a report on estimated costs of new facilities and hirings to accommodate the president’s executive actions on immigration. Estimating that 60 percent of illegal immigrants who qualify will apply for the program, the USCIS said they expect to increase their planned hiring “up to a total of 3,100 new employees at an annual cost of $184.3 million, and total program costs of between $324 and $484 million per year.”
CNS News reports:
In a detailed response to questions from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee about the cost of processing the illegals at a newly rented facility in Arlington, Va., the USCIS said “planning was based on the assumption that 60 percent of all individuals who may be considered for DACA or DAPA would elect to file a request.” […]
“Should that initial planning estimate hold true and the injunction were lifted, USCIS might ultimately need to increase its hiring plan up to a total of 3,100 new employees at an annual cost of $184.3 million, and total program costs of between $324 and $484 million per year,” said the agency in its response to Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), and Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
The USCIS is the agency responsible for managing legal immigration to the United States. The president’s executive actions – Deferred Action to Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) – will raise costs for the USCIS as it seeks to process illegal immigrants on top of its regular work.
Read the full report here.