Homeland Security proposed a new rule early this week to stop illegal aliens from obtaining work permits while they’re awaiting deportation, accurately stating that it just doesn’t make sense to allow them to hold jobs as their removal process has already begun.
Surprisingly, tens of thousands of these work permits are issued every year, according to USCIS, the agency within Homeland Security responsible for issuing work permits.
As reported by the Washington Times, USCIS acknowledged that the organization has created a perverse incentive where some illegal aliens will refuse to cooperate in their deportations, knowing they can work and support themselves in the United States with a work permit.
“The continued presence in the United States of aliens with final orders of removal, many of whom are criminals who have served time in our federal, state, and local jails and who have been determined in immigration proceedings to be ineligible to remain in the country, is contrary to the national interest,” USCIS said in the rule proposal.
The Washington Times article explained:
Deporting someone requires U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to have travel documents, which often times means verifying identities with a deportee’s home country. Some migrants have refused to cooperate in that process, delaying their deportation.
In one prominent case in Connecticut, a migrant who refused to cooperate was released by ICE, then killed a young woman.
Rosemary Jenks, Director of Government Relations at NumbersUSA, reemphasized that stopping work permits for this particular group of aliens should have been done years ago, stating:
It is absolutely absurd that we would issue a work permit to [an] alien that has been found by a judge to be removable. Every one of these people is competing for a job with American workers and legal immigrants.
For a frame of time, this new rule is at the proposal stage and will be published later this week in the Federal Register. After its publication, there will be a 30 day comment period which when concluded will provide thousands of public comments that USCIS would have to comb through.
For the complete story, please visit the Washington Times.
Updated: Thu, Dec 3rd 2020 @ 6:15pm EST