The proposal request says a minimum of 4 million cards would need to be produced per year, with the ability to produce 9 million cards “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.” One estimate suggests that 34 million cards will be printed in total.
A USCIS official told the U.K.’s MailOnline on Monday that a plan was developed “in case the president makes the move we think he will.” He added, though, that the agency’s Document Management Division (DMD) is not making it official yet by committing to buying the materials.
Another official said the plan was just a “contingency” in case immigration reform legislation passes in Congress. This official stressed to the MailOnline that it was not in anticipation of an executive order from Obama.
The agency needs a contractor to print Permanent Residency Cards (green cards) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards, which Breitbart.com notes are used for President Barack Obama’s controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Participants, who came to the United States illegally as children, are also known as “DREAMers.”
The order “seems to indicate that the president is contemplating an enormous executive action that is even more expansive than the plan that Congress rejected in the ‘Gang of Eight’ bill,” Jessica Vaughn, an immigration expert at the Center for Immigration Studies, told Breitbart.
Even without a “surge,” the 4 million minimum cards is a large increase, Breitbart reported. Only 600,000 people were approved under the DACA program in its first two years, with a total of 862,000 people approved by USCIS through June.
On CNN’s “Inside Politics” Monday, moderator John King said that the unilateral executive action promised by Obama for after the midterm elections will kick off confrontation, not compromise, from Republicans driven by anger and frustration in their conservative grass-roots voter base.
“Well, if you believed perhaps there would be room and motivation for a deal after the 2014 midterms — think again,” King said.
“I was so struck by conversations in Colorado, in Kansas and Iowa — just pure frustration; a belief among conservative Republicans that this problem is getting worse.
“What does that tell you? It tells you there is no prospect for any compromise legislation during the final two years of the Obama presidency,” King said.
“If the president uses his executive power as promised, Republicans will be pushing the grass-roots for confrontation, not compromise. An issue we thought after 2014 Republicans would try to deal with, will be with us until 2016 and beyond.”
There is little doubt that Obama is determined to take action.
“There appears to be little political space for House Speaker John Boehner and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, who could well be majority leader in January, to negotiate any deal that would be acceptable to Obama,” CNN reports.
“When the president takes executive actions, as he promises to do after the election unless there is some legislative breakthrough, it is clear the conservative grass-roots will demand confrontation, leaving the issue front and center as we head into the 2016 presidential cycle.”