Aug 8, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
(Fox News and Commentary Todd Starnes) American taxpayers could be forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to cover the costs of President Obama’s new immigration policy – including footing the bill for illegal immigrant application fees, according to internal Dept. of Homeland Security documents.
The president’s policy, known as the Dream Act, goes into effect next week and is expected to cost taxpayers more than $350 million to implement in just the first year. And that amount could increase substantially depending on the number of illegals who might apply. The documents reveal DHS is expected to hire 1,569 full-time workers – in addition to contractors who will be responsible for taking deferred action requests and running background checks.
The Obama administration has publicly said they expected about 800,000 illegals to apply for deferred action during the first year of implementation.
However, according to DHS documents, the government actually expects 1,041,300 illegals to apply.
That’s because the administration has expanded the pool of eligible applicants. Initially, illegals were required to have graduated from an American high school or earned a GED. But now the government will allow applicants so long as they re-enroll in school by the date of their application.
Less than ten percent of the new employees will be hired to detect fraud – one for every 8,010 applications.
While DHS said the illegal immigrants will be required to pay fees, they said illegals will also be allowed to apply for fee exemptions. Those fee exemptions could cost taxpayers as much as $121 million.
Two Republican lawmakers have sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano expressing their concerns about the costs of the program. Rep. Lamar Smith R-TX and Sen. Charles Grassley R-IA said the plan puts the interest of illegal immigrants ahead of the interests of legal immigrants and American taxpayers.
“It is an additional insult to make U.S. taxpayers foot the bill for this massive amnesty program,” the lawmakers wrote. “We deserve honesty and accountability, and seek to ensure that legal immigrants and taxpayers will not be hurt by this faulty plan.”
And those aren’t the only concerns voiced by lawmakers. U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions R-AL warned that President Obama has “capitulated to lawlessness” and put public safety in jeopardy.
“It is a direct threat to the rule of law and to the demonstrated desire of the American people for a lawful system of immigration,” Sessions said. “I believe this administration has utilized this policy to basically undermine and negate the ability of law enforcement officers to do what they have been hired and paid to do.”
The Obama administration will also allow illegals with felony convictions into the country. And in a stunning development, aliens who have been convicted of crimes under “state immigration laws” may be granted deferred action.
Sessions told Fox News that according to his understanding of the implementation documents, aliens who are using stolen or fraudulent Social Security numbers in order to gain employment will not be charged with a crime.
“Individuals who assert they are under thirty are eligible for work authorization and legal status,” he said. “And while the administration purports that applicants for amnesty must have entered the country prior to the age of 16, it is a completely unenforceable and unverifiable standard. It will have a dramatic and adverse effect on ordinary enforcement activities.”