The Obama Administration has quietly ceased its preparations to implement the president's Nov. 20 executive amnesty. The Department of Homeland Security has suspended plans to hire up to 3,100 new employees that would have processed the applications to grant work permits and other documentation necessary to allow approximately 5 million illegal aliens to stay in the U.S.
The halt is due to the Obama Administration complying with the injunction handed down by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services “immediately took steps to ensure the agency ceased its preparations,’’ according to Marsha Catron, a DHS spokeswoman.
This represents a massive reversal. As reported by the Washington Post, as soon as Obama took his actions on Nov. 20, USCIS “immediately began efforts to implement those initiatives.’’ The next day, the agency leased a 280,000-square-foot building on Crystal Drive in Crystal City, Virginia to house DAPA employees, according to DHS documents sent to Congress.
The building came fully furnished but required about $26 million in start-up costs, including $2.7 million for workstation and desktop equipment, documents show. Those costs were to be funded with fees collected from immigrants who had applied for other government programs.
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Updated: Wed, Oct 11th 2017 @ 3:22pm EDT