Tomorrow morning (Thursday) the U.S. Immigration Citizenship and Immigration Services agents will deliver to the House republicans a letter of warning on passing anything that resembles amnesty. The letter is a message specifically for Rep Bob Goodlatte, Rep Paul Ryan, Rep Eric Cantor and Rep. Luis Gutierrez.
USCIS Council president Kenneth Palinkas writes:
“At every step, this administration places obstacles and roadblocks in front of our adjudication officers in their attempts to protect our nation’s security and the American taxpayer. I documented these abuses on more than one occasion with the authors of Schumer-Rubio-Corker-Hoeven [S. 744] only to have them ignored."
"I worry the House may be following a similar path. Media reports reveal that Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman Paul Ryan, Congressman Luis Gutierrez, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are working to advance proposals to open citizenship benefits to the majority of those here illegally, in combination with proposals to expand visa programs.”
He warns that their idea of passing a series of separate bills will allow the Senate to force a conference between the two Houses with the full Senate bill as a starting point. He points out that is exactly what the gang of eight say they want to do.
"These plans are being pursued before first reforming the very agency – USCIS – that will be charged with reviewing these tens of millions of green card, temporary visa and citizenship applications. Advancing such measures without first confronting the widespread abuses at USCIS would be to invite disaster."
Palinkas asked why once again, the agents he represents are not allowed in on the discussions. He feels that without proper measures to protect the border, the floodgate will be open and untold millions will rush across the border. He is also opposed to the Dream Act, because once you make an exception for one type of illegal, you will have to make the same concessions to all classes of illegals.
“Legislators, including Mr. Cantor and Mr. Goodlatte, have suggested that it is improper to apply immigration law to younger illegal aliens. But if it is improper to apply immigration law to one specific group of illegal aliens, then why should we expect future illegal aliens in this group to be treated any differently?"
“At USCIS, our institutional mission has been corrupted by politics, and I hope these abuses will be examined and fixed before any amnesty proposal is brought forward in the House.”
The balance of the letter is advice on how to best serve the taxpayer by screening new applicants and making sure immigrant benefits are not being abused. Several republicans are pushing for immigration reform that will undercut them from their bases.