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November 14, 2014

WE MUST DISSOLVE THE PEOPLE AND ELECT ANOTHER: The Hill: Obama Going Big On Immigration?

President Obama appears to be closing in on a decision on executive orders that would provide work permits and protection from deportation for millions of immigrants in the United States illegally.

Two reports, one from Fox News and a second from The New York Times, suggest the president is prepared to dramatically expand his deferred action program, allowing the parents of children who are legal residents or citizens of the United States to avoid deportation proceedings. Obama could also expand the eligibility for the current deferred action program, which allows children who were brought to the United States illegally and remained in violation of the law to stay in the country.

It’s not yet clear how many millions of people would be eligible for the new protections; the White House is reportedly still weighing how long immigrant parents would need to have resided in the U.S. to be eligible for the program. But according to the reports, between 2.5 million and 4.5 million of the nation’s estimated 11.7 million illegal immigrants could qualify.

The president is also poised to expand how the federal government issues specialty visas for high-tech workers. Immigration activists earlier this year suggested that rather than counting each individual family member against a legislatively mandated cap for the program, the government could instead only count the head of a family — and not siblings, spouses, or children.

And with the “high tech” visas, I guess we’re dissolving the workforce, too.