The union that represents the agents at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent a letter to Congress this week saying that the agency is ill-prepared to handle the mass influx of visa applications that could result from a DREAM-like amnesty bill. Last week, the House Judiciary Committee, at the urging of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), held a hearing on the prospect of granting amnesty to illegal aliens who were brought to the country at a young age to no fault of their own. Rep. Cantor and the Committee's chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) are working on legislation that would do so.
Kenneth Palinkas, who serves as president of the union that represents 12,000 immigration agents, warned House Members of the dangers of passing any sort of mass amnesty bill.
"I cannot stress enough how ill-equipped USCIS is to engage in the sort of far-reaching plans before Congress right now -- including both the enormous legalization programs proposed as well as the historic increases in both immigrant and non-immigrant visas," Palinkas wrote. "What is to stop the Administration from simply issuing another round of non-enforcement orders (written or oral) that would eviscerate any attempted limitations in your bill?"
The USCIS union also opposed the Schumer-Obama amnesty bill, S.744, for similar reasons. In his letter, Palinkas urged House Leadership not to conference with the bill.
"I would therefore urge all House lawmakers not to conference with the dangerous Senate bill that will produce a totally deficient comprehensive proposal, but instead to work with USCIS adjudicators to produce responsible reforms that enhance the integrity and security of our immigration system."
Read the full letter here.
Updated: Thu, Aug 1st 2013 @ 9:29am EDT