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While the loafer-in-chief gallivanted around Hawaii over the Christmas holiday, his administration found yet another way to throw American workers under the bus.

The White House continues to push extraordinary administrative measures and executive orders on behalf of the rest of the world’s workers.

A massive proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on New Year’s Eve, “would provide various benefits” to immigrant workers, “high-skilled” foreign guest workers on H-1B visas, and foreign college graduates to guarantee them “greater stability and job flexibility” — along with guaranteeing fast-track, “automatic extensions” of alien work permits (employment authorization documents, or EADS) for foreigners admitted under 15 categories, including: 

  • Aliens admitted as refugees.
  • Aliens granted asylum.
  • Aliens admitted as parents or dependent children of aliens granted permanent residence under section 101(a)(27)(I) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(27)(I). See 8 CFR 274a.12(a)(7).
  • Aliens admitted to the United States as citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia or the Marshall Islands pursuant to agreements between the United States and the former trust territories.
  • Aliens granted withholding of deportation or removal.
  • Aliens granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) (regardless of the employment authorization category on their current EADs).
  • Aliens who have properly filed applications for TPS [Temporary Protected Status, a fraud-ridden permanent amnesty program for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens from around the world] and who have been deemed prima facie eligible for TPS under 8 CFR 244.10(a) and have received an EAD as a “temporary treatment benefit” under 8 CFR 244.10(e) and 274a.12(c)(19).
  • Aliens who have properly filed applications for asylum or withholding of deportation or removal.
  • Aliens who have filed applications for adjustment of status under section 245 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1255 [another rolling amnesty program for illegal aliens.]
  • Aliens who have filed applications for suspension of deportation under section 244 of the INA (as it existed prior to April 1, 1997), cancellation of removal pursuant to section 240A of the INA, or special rule cancellation of removal under section 309(f)(1) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.
  • Aliens who have filed applications for creation of record of lawful admission for permanent residence.
  • Aliens who have properly filed legalization applications pursuant to section 210 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1160. 81
  • Aliens who have properly filed legalization applications pursuant to section 245A of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1255a.
  • Aliens who have filed applications for adjustment pursuant to section 1104 of the LIFE Act.
  • Aliens who are the principal beneficiaries or qualified children of approved VAWA self-petitioners, under the employment authorization category “(c)(31)” in the form instructions to the Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765).

As thousands of America’s best and brightest technology students are being replaced en masse by cheap foreign labor through H-1B and other conduits (see my book Sold Out, co-authored by John Miano who is challenging bipartisan regulatory immigration expansions on multiple fronts), the White House continues to push extraordinary administrative measures and executive orders on behalf of the rest of the world’s workers.

Remember: This open-borders administration employed administrative fiat to open the floodgates for a total of 5.5 million employment documents for illegal alien parents and their children.

After lower court judge Andrew Hanen issued his initial injunction last year against the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program — which granted illegal immigrant parents with children born in the United States the right to remain in the United States and work — Obama bureaucrats defiantly violated it anyway and issued 2,000 more work permits to people here illegally.

That’s in addition to the executive expansion of the Optional Practical Training program, through which 560,000 foreign “students” have been authorized to work in the U.S. As John and I point out, it may well be America’s largest de facto guest-worker program, yet it has never been authorized by Congress. This backdoor H-1B visa increase allows foreign students to work with little monitoring, no wage protections, no payment of Social Security payroll taxes and no requirement for employers to demonstrate labor market shortages.

… that’s on top of the Obama/GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan-approved quadrupling of the H-2B visas.

Moreover, Obama last year unilaterally started allowing upwards of 180,000 spouses of H-1B workers (H-4 visa holders) to work in the United States immediately and 55,000 a year in subsequent years. In April 2015, John and the Immigration Reform Law Institute filed another federal lawsuit in D.C. challenging President Obama’s arbitrary and capricious regulatory expansion of work authorizations for H-1B workers’ spouses (classified as H-4 visa holders). The plaintiff, Save Jobs USA, is a group of former Southern California Edison employees who were forced to train their foreign guest-worker replacements before being laid off.

And that’s on top of the Obama/GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan-approved quadrupling of the H-2B visas for up to 264,000 low-skilled foreign laborers included in the House omnibus bill.

If only Washington bent over backwards for America’s workers as vigorously as it does for every last willing worker from outside our tattered borders.

Michelle Malkin

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