The Obama administration’s issuance of millions of work permits to illegal aliens beyond the congressionally mandated admissions limits amounts to a “lawless printing press,” according to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
“The record admission of new immigrant workers is reducing wages and job opportunities for our own struggling workers. The Administration’s lawless printing press supplements that already huge annual inflow by work-authorizing many millions more,” Sessions, the chairman of the Immigration and the National Interest Subcommittee, said in a statement Wednesday.
The Alabama lawmaker was reacting to confirmation from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that the administration has issued more then 7.4 million work permits to foreign nationals from FY 2009 – FY 2014 beyond the approximately one million lawful permanent residents and 700,000 foreign guest workers admitted to the U.S. each year.
As Breitbart News reported earlier Wednesday, the confirmation reveals that the administration has been approving work permits for some categories of immigrants that Congress never intended to work in the U.S.
“This non-stop rubber stamp makes it easy to understand how all job gains in the 7 years following the recession’s arrival went to foreign labor,” Sessions said.
According to USCIS, it is producing on average of about 144,275 work permits a month and has a monthly production capacity of about 400,000. Green card holders and foreign nationals on guest worker visas do not need work authorizations.