Ira Mehlman
The unlegislated Obama amnesty for illegal aliens under 30 begins August 15 as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) begins accepting applications for “deferred action” and work authorization. Initially, the White House estimated that about 800,000 illegal aliens would be covered under this amnesty, when the policy was first announced in June. That figure that was immediately disputed by the Pew Hispanic Center, which estimated about 1.4 million beneficiaries. In the interim, the goal posts were moved (in favor of the illegal aliens, of course) and the latest estimate from the pro-amnesty Migration Policy Institute is that 1.76 million illegal aliens will be eligible.

In fact, the number illegal aliens who are allowed to remain in this country and seek legal employment may be much higher, warn the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In an August 13 letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) assert that as the application process begins, there are no mechanisms in place to detect, deter, or to punish fraud. None.

The lack of fraud control is not an accident; it is by design. According to the letter, DHS officials have confirmed that the Department will not use fraud prevention or detection methods that are “too expensive,” “time consuming,” or which would “unduly impact” the expedited processing of applications for deferred action or other functions of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency.

In other words, there will be no vetting of the people whose applications the Department intends to rubber stamp. There will be no meaningful background checks because the Department can’t be bothered to spend the time and is not inclined to charge applicants the fees necessary to make sure that the people who are being granted quasi-legal status in the U.S. are not perpetrating fraud, and are not criminals or terrorists. As a matter of fact, illegal aliens seeking deferred action and authorization to work in the U.S. will not even have to show up in person for an interview with anyone from DHS.

A mere affidavit that an individual arrived in the U.S. prior to his or her 16th birthday and is under the age of 30, accompanied by some easily acquired school or health records will suffice. In an otherwise sluggish economy the affidavit and fake records business seems destined to become a growth industry over the coming months.

Ira Mehlman

Ira Mehlman is the Media Director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.