Internal Documents Shows Obama Deportation Proposal Could Cost More than $585M

Alicia A. Caldwell, Daily Journal, July 24, 2012

The Obama administration’s new plan to grant temporary work permits to many young, illegal immigrants who otherwise could be deported may cost more than $585 million and require hiring hundreds of new federal employees to process more than 1 million anticipated requests, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The Homeland Security Department plans, marked “not for distribution,” describe steps that immigrants will need to take—including a $465 paperwork fee designed to offset the program’s cost—and how the government will manage it. Illegal immigrants can request permission to stay in the country under the plan by filing a document, “Request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” and simultaneously apply for a work permit starting Aug. 15.

Under the new program, which President Barack Obama announced last month, eligible immigrants must have arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthday, are 30 or younger, have been living here at least five years, are in school or graduated or served in the military.

They also must not have a criminal record or otherwise pose a safety threat. They can apply to stay in the country and be granted a work permit for two years, but they would not be granted citizenship.

The internal government plans obtained by the AP provide the first estimates of costs, how many immigrants were expected to participate and how long it might take for them. It was not immediately clear whether or under which circumstances any immigrants would not be required to pay the $465 paperwork fee. {snip}


A spokesman for the Homeland Security Department, Peter Boogaard, said the plans obtained by the AP were “preliminary documents” and the process is still being worked out. Boogaard said processing immigrant applications under the program “will not use taxpayer dollars” because of the fees that will be collected.


The plans estimated that the Homeland Security Department could need to hire more than 1,400 full-time employees, as well as contractors, to process the applications. Salaries were included in the agency’s estimates of total program costs.


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  • Church_of_Jed

    And the Tea Party stays silent. 

    By 2016 midterms, we’ll have our own Golden Dawn, but not for long.  Political parties that don’t openly advocate for post White privilege candidates will be outlawed as Hate Groups with Extremist, Violent, and Terroristic Tendencies.

    This ain’t America no mo’, okay?

    • The__Bobster

      I’ve been to two TP meetings in the last month. Believe me, at the local level, they’re very pissed at Obongo’s actions.

  • HadEnough

    A solution made in heaven as far as the Dems are concerned. You get millions more Lateeeno voters AND you get to expand the Homeland Security Department massively to boot. It doesn’t get much better that that, huh, liberals!

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       “AND you get to expand the Homeland Security Department massively to boot.”

      The NKVD.

  • My question is how many fee waivers the Department of Homeland Security will give to the illegal immigrant applicants who apply for deferred action? The majority of these applicants come have illegal immigrant parents who work at low wage jobs that we are told that Americans will not take. 

  • And they will hire more diversity (in this case a majority Mexicans) in order to process all the illegal Mexicans and their “temporary” work permits. Anyone who thinks these work permits will be temporary is drunk. Just like the temporary protected legal status racket. Once they are here, they never leave! When you hear the word temporary used in relation to illegal invaders, think of its antonym, because that is exactly what they will get!