Did Obama Administration Issue Work Permits to One Million Illegal Aliens?

So now we know part of the reason there are so many unemployed Americans.

The black community, the latino community and our youth, who suffer the highest unemployment, may not be so pleased they have an open-borders welcome-the-lawbreakers president now.

On Friday, it was reported that in the first six years of Barack Obama’s term in office, the U.S. government issued a record 5.46 million new work permits to immigrants. More than 1 million of those immigrants are illegal.

In addition to more than one million illegals, you can add 1.1 million legal immigrants and 700,000 guest workers admitted to the country each year. These 2.8 million immigrants that receive new work permits comprise “a huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the limits set by Congress that inevitably impacts opportunities for U.S. workers, damages the integrity of the immigration system, and encourages illegal immigration,” the Center for Immigration Studies reported.

Data for these figures came to the Center for Immigration Studies from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) after they filed a Freedom of Information Act request. This tells you that these numbers would never have been made public without the direct intervention of this organization.

According to this data, around 1.8 million of these “new work permits” were actually issued to aliens with temporary visas or those who entered under the Visa Waiver Program. That includes about 1.2 million who had a visa status for which employment is not authorized by law.

These numbers are mind-boggling, because they flout the laws of our country, making life more difficult for our own citizens.

Isn’t it nice to know that our government is so caring that it is willing to make life easier for outsiders while making things more difficult for us?

Although the economy generated 5.6 million new jobs in the past 14 years, there are 17 million more unemployed American citizens now than there were 14 years ago.

Thanks to the FOI request and the report, we learn that 470,028 work permits were issued to aliens on tourist visas and a further 531,691 to foreign students.

How can this be happening directly under the noses of many lawmakers opposed to such actions in Washington? About 982,000 new work permits were issued during the Obama administration to illegal aliens or aliens unqualified for admission, including 957,000 aliens who crossed the border illegally and were listed as “Entered Without Inspection.”

Speaking about the CIS research, Rep. Mo. Brooks said “What you have to look at, is the impact on American citizens … because there is tremendous damage being done.” Watch the video below for more information.

Incredibly, some 12,000 permits were issued to aliens who were denied asylum. They were suspected of using false documents, were stowaways or were refused at a port of entry.

This is your government at work!

America, the land of the free lunch for immigrants

Once a person has a work permit, they can easily take the next step to obtain gateway documents such as a driver’s license and other benefits only available to citizens and legal immigrants to this country. In fact, from 2009 to 2014, work permits were issued to 417,680 refugees and 174,309 to foreign nationals granted asylum. Astonishing. Another 1.7 million permits were issued to aliens whose status was unknown or not disclosed by USCIS.

The Director of Policy Studies for CIS said, “I was astonished at the huge number of work permits that are being issued by the Obama administration outside the legal immigration system through executive discretion, especially at a time of high unemployment and stagnant wages. Besides the effect on the American worker, it encourages and rewards more illegal immigration.”

The Obama Administration has created a magnet that just keeps drawing in more people. Once here, illegal immigrants call home to their friends and family to tell them how easy it was to get into the land of the free.

Perhaps we should rename America the land of the free lunch!

Dwight L. Schwab Jr.
Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014," was published in July, 2014. "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Presidential Election in History," was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.