Obama’s illegal work permit handout

President Obama has been running an illegal work permit for illegals scheme which has authorized 7.4 million immigrants to work in the United States; far more than any reasonable reading of the law would allow.

The Center for Immigration Studies produced this blockbuster report after sifting through government data.

While not all of the work permits were illegal, the study found:

Approximately 2.1 million work permits were issued to aliens with temporary visas or who entered under the Visa Waiver Program. Of these, about 1.4 million (66 percent) had a visa status for which employment is generally prohibited under the law, except in what are supposed to be rare cases. For example, more than 548,000 work permits were issued to aliens on tourist visas and 593,000 were issued to foreign students. More than 213,000 were issued to dependents of students and guestworkers — all categories in which the law prohibits employment except in rare circumstances.

The size and scope of Obama’s reckless work permit policy are truly staggering:

More than 2.2 million work permits were issued over this time period to illegal aliens or aliens unqualified for admission. Nearly all of these (2.1 million) were illegal aliens who crossed the border illegally (Entered Without Inspection). Inexplicably, 2,860 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 129,000 were issued to aliens who were granted parole to enter the United States. Grants of parole are supposed to be used very sparingly to allow the admission of an ineligible or unqualified alien for exceptionally compelling humanitarian reasons, such as emergency medical care or for a purpose that is important to the national interest.

Obama’s work permit scheme is just another way he is abusing executive power and taking it upon himself to create and enforce the law.

These statistics indicate that the executive branch is operating a huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the bounds of the laws and limits written by Congress. Millions of work permits are being issued to illegal aliens and aliens admitted legally, but in a non-work authorized category. This practice represents an abuse of executive authority that inevitably reduces job opportunities for Americans. In addition, allowing work permits to be issued to illegal aliens and temporary visitors damages the integrity of the legal immigration system and encourages illegal immigration.

Work permits also give illegals a leg up on beating the immigration system. They can more easily obtain driver’s licenses and other identifying documents to help them evade immigration law enforcement.

In addition, how many American citizens were pushed out of the job market by Obama’s illegal workers?