Congress to fund ‘100 percent’ of Obama administration’s immigration priorities
At least 3 million foreign nationals were granted work permits, work visas, and green cards in 2013, with most being granted to individuals from Mexico, China, and India, according to the most recent data issued by the Congressional Research Service.
While the 2014 numbers have not been disclosed, recent statistics provided to Congress reveal that work permits continued to be issued at record numbers, according to congressional sources and statistics provided to the Washington Free Beacon.
This includes about 1 million green cards with work authorization, 1 million employment-based nonimmigrant visas for foreign workers, and 1.2 million work-permit authorizations for foreign nationals.
The disclosure of the ongoing uptick in visas and green cards comes amid a larger debate on Capitol Hill about tightening immigration restrictions in light of recent terror attacks and concerns about the U.S. workforce.
The total number of foreign workers in the United States stands at 26 million as of 2014, according to numbers issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“All foreign nationals who gain lawful permanent resident status in the United States are eligible to work, regardless of what preference category or class they entered through,” according to a congressional research memo obtained by the Free Beacon.
“The omnibus will fund 100 percent of the continued issuance of work permits, work visas, green cards and refugee admits, continuing to accelerate the U.S. beyond all known historical immigration precedent,” said a congressional source familiar with the yearly spending bill. “The U.S. presently has four times more migrant residents than any other country in the world, regardless of population.”
The U.S. immigrant population—both legal and illegal—hit a “record” 42.4 million in 2014, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
Lawmakers are further seeking to boost background screenings for new immigrants. One such measure being considered by the Senate would mandate that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, among others, review an individual’s social media accounts to see if there are links to terrorists.
The State Department was recently sued for withholding information from the public about the administration’s refugee resettlement plan.
Homeland Security has had difficulty providing Congress with concrete statistics on the number of Syrians currently in the United States and of those how many are in the country on expired visas.
Full article: Obama Administration Approves 3 Million New Immigrant Workers in One Year (Washington Free Beacon)