- Reading the Tea Leaves on Executive Action on Immigration
- October 31, 2014
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
Some are claiming that recent solicitation by the Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) is proof that President Obama is preparing for sweeping executive action on immigration after the November midterm elections.
The solicitation, discovered by the conservative news outlet - Breitbart News - is a procurement request for as many as 34 million work permits and green cards. The solicitation says the bidders must be able to produce at least 4 million cards annually over a five-year contract and “surge” to provide as many as 9 million documents in the early years of the contract.
Such a procurement order would far surpass the current levels at which work permits and green cards are being issued by the federal government.
President Obama’s Press Secretary was quick to throw cold water on those speculating that this solicitation was evidence of an impending action, going as far as to call the suggestion “crazy” and “too clever.”
President Obama postponed action on immigration until after the election, saying he was worried that acting in the summer could politicize the issue.