The Associated Press obtained an internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document that says the executive amnesty for younger illegal aliens could cost the government $585 million in the first two years and necessitate hiring more than 1,400 federal employees and contractors.
The plans AP obtained, which were marked "not for distribution," provide the first insight into how the executive amnesty would work. Some details, however, are still being worked out – e.g., when the amnesty fee could be waived.
The plans say that starting Aug. 15th, illegal aliens could pay a $465 “paperwork fee” and apply to remain in the country by filing a "Request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" and a work permit application. To be eligible, illegal aliens must have arrived before their 16th birthday and be under the age of 31. They also must have lived here five years, be in school or graduated/served in the military, and have no serious criminal record.
DHS could take between two and 10 days to scan and file applications, and an additional four weeks to set up an appointment for illegal aliens to submit fingerprints and be photographed. A background check would follow, which could take six weeks, and the final decision on a work permit could take an additional three months.
Estimates suggest that DHS could get at least 1 million applications in the first year of the program (over 3,000 per day). 890,000 of these illegal aliens may be able to avoid deportation, while 151,000 would likely be rejected. The first two years of the program could cost between $467 million and $585 million, and raise $484 million, which implies a $121 million loss for the government. More than 1,400 full-time employees and contractors would be needed to process the applications.
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Originally Published: Tue, Jul 24th 2012 @ 2:44pm EDT