On Tuesday, the president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council said the Obama administration is endangering America on a daily basis by pressuring immigration officials to rubber-stamp applications for potential Islamic terrorists, criminals, and disease carriers.
Kenneth Palinkas, who represents 12,000 United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) agents, said the situation will actually become “exponentially worse” and “more dangerous” after Obama enacts his executive amnesty later in the year. Palinkas referred to the USCIS contract bid for up to 34 million green cards and work authorization permits ahead of Obama’s planned executive amnesty, which Breitbart News first reported.
Palinkas, who has repeatedly slammed the agency’s culture that encourages as many applications to be approved as possible without proper vetting, said the Obama administration is actively blocking USCIS’s “loyal and dedicated adjudicators and personnel” who “diligently man the front lines in the battle to protect Americans from terrorism and the abuse of our economic and political resources” from doing their jobs.
“As the individuals who screen the millions of applications for entry into the U.S., it is our job to ensure that terrorists, diseases, criminals, public charges, and other undesirable groups are kept out of the United States,” he said. “Unfortunately, we have been blocked in our efforts to accomplish this mission and denied the professional resources, mission support, and authorities we urgently need by the very same government that employs our skill sets.”
He said immigration “caseworkers still operate under a quota system that prioritizes speed over quality, and approvals over investigations.” He mentioned that the agency is pressured to process applications “without regard to national security” and mentioned potential “plans to waive interviews of applicants who seek adjustment of their status in the U.S. to ready our workforce for the coming onslaught of applications unforeseen in previous administrations.”
“We are still the world’s rubber-stamp for entry into the United States – regardless of the ramifications of the constant violations to the Immigration and Nationality Act,” he said. “Whether it’s the failure to uphold the public charge laws, the abuse of our asylum procedures, the admission of Islamist radicals, or visas for health risks, the taxpayers are being fleeced and public safety is being endangered on a daily basis.”
Palinkas, who opposed the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” comprehensive amnesty bill, said “America dodged a bullet” when the Senate’s amnesty legislation that “would have been a financial and security catastrophe” did not pass Congress. But since efforts by Senators like Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) to stop Obama’s executive amnesty failed in Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-NV) Senate, Palinkas urged Americans to pressure their elected officials to stop Obama’s executive amnesty: “If you care about your immigration security and your neighborhood security, you must act now to ensure that Congress stops this unilateral amnesty.”
“Let your voice be heard and spread the word to your neighbors,” he said. “We who serve in our nation’s immigration agencies are pleading for your help – don’t let this happen. Express your concern to your Senators and Congressmen before it is too late.”