It’s yet another move that shows that the left cares more for people who sneak across the border than they care for American citizens.
Democrat Attorneys General are doing everything in their power to prevent a White House reform that would protect Americans’ jobs and wages from hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants and economic migrants who try to get U.S. jobs.
“That’s bad for immigrants,” said a tweet from New Jersey’s Democrat attorney general, Gurbir Grewal.
Agency officials “want to delay & deny work permits for asylum seekers.”
“This proposal is cruel and legally questionable at best,” said California’s Democrat attorney general, Xavier Becerra. “Migrants who do not enter the country through a port of entry or have resided in the United States for more than a year would now be summarily denied access to a work permit.”
Tough. Come here legally and you won’t have those problems.
According to a report from Breitbart, the draft proposal would end the long-standing agency practice of quickly giving one-year work permits to migrants who ask for asylum, and also illegal immigrants who ask for green cards.
For example, it would withhold work permits from Central American asylum seekers for more than a year after they present themselves at a U.S. border post.
It would also end the policy of providing temporary work permits to long-term illegals. The rule would also deny work permits to migrants who apply for asylum after sneaking into the United States.
The lighter work permit policies were advanced by President Trump’s predecessors, Presidents Bush and Obama. These policies have provided millions of work permits to immigrants.
The bottom line: this amount of imported labor boosts investors returns, and companies profit margins by undercutting blue-collar and white-collar wages.
It also encourages more illegal migration.
The Department of Homeland Security sheds some light on this aspect. A January 14th chart shows that at over 1.7 million immigrants received work permits in 2019, alongside the roughly four million Americans who turned 18 during the year.
According to a complaint filed by the 21 Attorneys General, the federal government “estimates that 305,000 asylum seekers will be affected by the Proposed Rule in the first year alone, with just under 300,000 affected in subsequent years,” according to the complaint by the 21 attorneys general.
“This important new regulatory initiative has had far less media coverage than it merits,” said Dale Wilcox, general counsel of the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI).
“The new regulation is complex but cohesive in its three-part strategy to deter aliens from filing fraudulent or otherwise defective asylum claims,” said a January 14 statement from the IRLI:
Individuals who cross the border illegally instead of applying for asylum at a port of entry will be ineligible to work unless they are actually granted asylum.
Applicants must appear at USCIS offices to provide fingerprints, photos, and other biodata before becoming eligible to apply for work permission. IRLI backs up the government’s position that this will greatly improve screening for ineligible criminal aliens, which is a legitimate and major problem in this area.
Existing federal statutes disqualifies asylum applications that are filed more than one year after arriving in the U.S.
It also flags applications that are “frivolous.”
The proposed reforms close the door on more than a dozen loopholes in the existing regulations that implement these statutes. Those loopholes have been abused by immigration lawyers to file incomplete and often dishonest applications.
Thousands are received annually, eight or even ten years after the applicant first illegally crossed our borders.
“The [courtroom] backlogs in adjudicating all these [asylum] claims result in almost automatic employment authorization, which depresses the wages of American workers and is a magnet for further illegal entry,” said the IRLI statement. “We applaud the administration for taking this important step to protect American workers and gain control of the border.”
The Democrat attorneys general submitted their objections during the comment period on draft regulations. The objections are in italics below, followed by their reasoning.
The regulation contradicts the pro-migration “Nation of Immigrants” narrative:
We, the undersigned Attorneys General of New Jersey, California, the District of Columbia, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington (“The States”), write …
An animating value of the United States is embodied in the now-famous lines inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
The United States has committed itself to providing asylum seekers a haven from persecution, regardless of whether they are rich or poor. Indeed, in establishing the framework for today’s asylum system in the Refugee Act of 1980, Congress made clear it was codifying “one of the oldest themes in America’s history—welcoming homeless refugees to our shores.”
The regulation will deter further migration into U.S. jobs, disadvantaging employers and state governments:
By barring many applicants from EADs completely and indefinitely delaying others’ EADs, the Proposed Rule imposes economic hurdles that will harm both asylum seekers and States and serve as a deterrent to seeking asylum in the first instance.
Limiting EAD access will push asylum seekers into the underground economy, impede their ability to take care of themselves and their families, and harm their health and wellbeing.
The States, too, will feel these consequences. The States, for their part, welcome thousands of asylum seekers each year who contribute greatly to their communities and economies.
First, the Proposed Rule will lower tax and spending revenue in the States and harm businesses within the States that will have to find replacements and alternative labor. It will also increase reliance on state-funded programs and hinder the States’ ability to enforce their own labor and civil rights laws.
The Proposed Rule will make it much more difficult, if not impossible, for many to legally work, costing the States millions of dollars in lost tax revenue and diminished economic growth.
Second, the resulting delays and denials of work authorization will lead to increased healthcare costs shouldered by the States.
Third, the Proposed Rule will burden the States’ other social service providers, including state funded non-profit service providers.
Fourth, and finally, the Proposed Rule will make it more difficult for the States to enforce their own laws, particularly those designed to protect workers from unfair and abusive conditions of employment.
Although unauthorized workers do pay taxes, tax revenue increases when immigrants can legally work, and the States could stand to lose substantial revenue if the Proposed Rule is implemented.
Currently, undocumented immigrants residing in the States pay approximately $7.4 billion in state and local taxes annually. This would increase by approximately $1.4 billion if undocumented immigrants were given legal status.
The regulation will make it difficult for migrants to hire the lawyers needed to win asylum:
Under the Department’s restrictive approach to work authorization, fewer asylum seekers will have the resources to hire legal counsel to navigate them through the complex and evolving immigration bureaucracy.
That matters a great deal. In 2017, 90 percent of those without legal representation were denied asylum in immigration court while only 54 percent of those with legal representation were denied.
The regulation will impact many migrants:
USCIS asylum offices within the States are considering 40 percent of the 327,984 pending affirmative asylum applications.
Based on calculations involving the most recent available data, these offices receive an average of approximately 45,615 asylum applications per year.
The States also hosted over 10,000 or 80 percent of the 13,248 total immigration court grants of asylum in 2018.
The rule will hurt the businesses that earn revenues from illegal migrants:
The Proposed Rule will also significantly reduce the spending power of asylum seekers, thereby weakening the economies of the States.
Curtailing work authorization for asylum seekers or cutting others off from EADs prematurely will result in lost wages and money that does not flow to the States’ businesses and economies.
The New American Economy estimates that immigrants exercise billions in spending power each year, totaling over $724.8 billion in the States. Indeed, the Department itself recognizes that up to $4.4 billion could be lost in wages.
We will pause for a second and let you catch your breath. You are going to need it for this next one.
Businesses will have to hire Americans instead of illegals:
By the Department’s own admission, businesses will not only lose potential labor, but also will likely have to find replacement labor because the Proposed Rule cuts short asylum seekers’ ability to continue working, even if their asylum cases are ongoing in federal court.
Although the Department asserts that businesses potentially could find other labor to substitute for the jobs that asylum applicants currently hold, its own analysis belies that premise.
The Department acknowledges that with the unemployment rate at a “50-year low [. . .] it could be possible that employers may face difficulties finding reasonable labor substitutes.”
Migrants — including illegals — provide a large part of the labor force hired by employers in many states:
While the Department makes no inquiry into the “wages, occupations, industries, or businesses that may employ such workers,” there is substantial data that several sectors of the States’ economies disproportionately employ immigrants and are likely to face costs while trying to find labor substitutes.
In New Jersey, for example, service providers report that many asylum seekers are employed as home health aides, engineers, dental assistants, construction workers, and in farming and agriculture.
Immigrants fill over two-thirds of the jobs in California’s agricultural and related sectors, almost half of those in manufacturing, 43 percent of construction jobs, and 41 percent of those in computer and sciences.
Likewise, approximately 43 percent of employed undocumented workers in Illinois are employed in the food services and manufacturing industries.
In New York, immigrants account for 71.4 percent of taxi drivers and chauffeurs; 68.3 percent of workers in private households, including maids, housekeepers, and nannies; 57.9 percent of those working as chefs and head cooks; 57.3 percent of nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides; and 44.7 percent of the state’s workers in traveler accommodation.
Bottom line is: Democrats are going to do everything that they can to ensure illegal immigrants can come to the US, find a foothold and start exercising the rights of a citizen without actually being one.
Example: If you have a driver’s license, it isn’t a huge leap to believe that you can find a way to register to vote.
Currently, 14 states issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. New York even does so while demanding that local and state law enforcement cannot provide information to ICE regarding a license holders status. So why wouldn’t they find a way to be able to register to vote with just a license?
With New Jersey becoming the 14th state to pass legislation allowing illegal aliens to obtain US government-issued driver’s licenses, the Department of Homeland Security is expressing concern for the safety of our homeland.
The acting secretary of DHS, Chad Wolf, ordered a review of state laws that allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses. Wolf released statements saying:
“Accordingly, I am instructing each operational component to conduct an assessment of the impact of these laws, so that the Department is prepared to deal with and counter these impacts as we protect the homeland.”
Wolf ordered a department-wide review of the state laws to determine how they affect their “day-to-day operations” to agencies including the Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration.
A bigger concern than the actual licenses is that most states, like New York’s Green Light Bill, which was implemented at the end of December, also restrict DMV data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other agencies within the DHS.
DHS spokesperson, Heather Swift, said last week:
“The Trump administration takes the mission of protecting the Homeland very seriously.”
“Laws like New York’s greenlight law have dangerous consequences that have far reaches beyond the DMV.
These types of laws make it easier for terrorists and criminals to obtain fraudulent documents and also prevent DHS investigators from accessing important records that help take down child pornography and human trafficking rings and combat everything from terrorism to drug smuggling.”
Further, Swift stated:
“Never before in our history have we seen politicians make such rash and dangerous decisions to end all communication and cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security law enforcement.
The Secretary is prepared to take every measure necessary to ensure the safety and security of the homeland and we look forward to the recommendations of our agents and officers in the field.”
Wolf’s instructions are for states to ascertain the following: What DMV information is currently available and how is it accessed? How is the DMV information used in day-to-day operations? What are the security consequences and long-term impacts if information is limited?
Agencies are also told to find solutions for any security consequences that arise from the state laws.
When New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed their version of the Green Light bill into law last year, he said:
“Expanding access to driver’s licenses is critical for the safety of New Jerseyans and a step toward building a stronger and fairer New Jersey for all.
He tried to make the argument that it’s a good thing.
“Allowing residents the opportunity to obtain driver’s licenses regardless of their immigration status will decrease the number of uninsured drivers and increase safety on our roads. I thank my partners in the Legislature for sending this important bill to my desk.”
Governor Murphy said that their roads will be safer because the illegal immigrants have to pass a driving test.
The NJ law also requires the Chief Administrator of Motor Vehicle Commission to spend taxpayer funds on a two-year “public awareness” campaign. He wants to assure that illegal aliens are informed of their ability to obtain driver’s licenses.
Back to New York, officials there who supported the Green Light bill have stated that doing so will give illegals better opportunities for employment.
How sweet of them: Why allow LEGAL citizens to get the jobs when people who shouldn’t even be here can take them?
The bill prohibits state DMV officials from providing data to agencies that enforce immigration law unless a judge orders it. Access to databases was cut off by the state to at least 3 federal agencies when the law took effect.
Several NY county clerks are seriously concerned about the bill.
In mid-December, democratic Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns said the law opens the door to voter fraud, identify theft and even terrorism.
“I’m now going to have to accept a report card from a foreign country and foreign documentation, a foreign passport as authenticated documents.
I, myself, as the clerk am going to have to do that,” Kearns said. “So, they have diminished a New York state driver’s license and we’re very concerned for our safety and security because western New York is a border to Canada.”
Another part of the Green Light law prohibits the reporting of illegals attempting to obtain licenses by employees at auto bureaus to ICE. Attempting to get around this, Kearns has posted signs on customer service windows that encourage actual citizens to report to an anonymous tip line.
Kearns has been sent a cease and desist order by the government, but he said he won’t take the signs down.
“This is all a power grab for the ballot box in New York, trying to give illegals the right to vote. Today, we are less secure than we were. And a driver’s license is a privilege, but, also, it’s for identification.”
Kearns said that because of the legislation, an illegal alien “absolutely could participate in an election.”
“So, we are going to have voter fraud in New York state, and now New York state has given the clerks an edict to stands down. I’m not standing down. I will do whatever I can to stop voter fraud.”
Clerks in several other NY counties, such as Niagara, Rensselaer, Allegany and Chautauqua, joined Kearns in outrage. These clerks have also stated that they refuse to comply with the new law.
Frank Merola, Rensselaer County Clerk, told a reporter in June:
“I go back to the Constitution. You’re not supposed to help or aid anybody if they’re here illegally, especially if we know that.”
Merola also pointed out that he will be receiving foreign documentation that he can’t even read and is expected to issue a license based on that.
These clerks stand ready to defend our constitution and our residents who are here legally.
“I don’t mind going to jail for a few days,” said Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore.
Barmore also stated that he “will not allow the DMV offices to change the way we issue licenses.” He pointed out that while supporters argue that the bill is allegedly partially intended to help illegals get work, the act of hiring aliens is still a federal offense.
Allegany County Clerk Robert Christman said:
“Threats from an individual or bureaucracy are the least of my worries.”
Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski also told the media he’s “totally against [the bill].” He said it’s “silly” and would fight it “tooth and nail.”
The Niagara Gazette reported that republican New York state Senator James Tedisco has pushed for a bill to protect the clerks that don’t issue licenses, which would forbid the governor from removing noncompliant clerks who are acting “in good faith.”
My favorite quote came from clerk Barmore, mentioned above, who said, “It is time to put on the brakes and give the Red light to this bill.”
Hats off to these clerks. Keep fighting the good fight and maybe, with the help of Chad Wolf and the rest of the Trump Administration, the red light will indeed be given to putting illegal aliens over our country’s actual citizens.