U.S. Agency Hiring 1,000 After Obama’s Immigration Order

Michael D. Shear, New York Times, December 25, 2014

This is how a bureaucracy grows.

Only 10 days after President Obama announced in a prime-time address that millions of undocumented people would soon “be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation,” an electronic bulletin reached inboxes across Washington. In a crucial detail that Mr. Obama left out, the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency said it was immediately seeking 1,000 new employees to work in an office building to process “cases filed as a result of the executive actions on immigration.”

The likely cost: nearly $8 million a year in lease payments and more than $40 million for annual salaries.

The announcement of the new “operational center” among the chain restaurants and high-rises of Crystal City, a Northern Virginia neighborhood used for overflow from the federal agencies in Washington, offers a glimpse into how swiftly a president’s words can produce bigger government. It also demonstrates the bureaucracy’s ability to swing into action, even during an extended power struggle between the president and Congress.


Although conservatives in Congress are vowing to attack the president’s executive action on immigration by blocking the funding for it, plans for the small army of workers are moving forward. The action is part of a larger trend: From 2001 to 2012–mostly after the Sept. 11 attacks–the government added about 180,000 federal employees, for a total of more than 4.3 million, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

At the citizenship and immigration agency, officials said they had signed a $7.8 million lease in a gleaming new building, which they will occupy starting next month. During a recent speech in Los Angeles, the agency’s director, León Rodríguez, said that 5,000 people had already applied for the Crystal City jobs.

In the bulletin that the agency sent out, dated Dec. 1, the word “TODAY!” is printed in red next to a dozen jobs with titles like special assistant, management program analyst and immigration services officer. By the time the new Republican Congress takes up the debate about funding for the president’s immigration plan early next year, many of those new jobs are likely to be filled.


The immigration agency officials said the fees would ultimately pay for lease and salary costs. But because the fees are not yet being collected, officials said the initial lease and salary payments would be made from other fees, which would be replenished when the new program was up and running.


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  • Easyrhino

    Why go through the charade and cost of hiring 1000 people for these jobs if Leon Rodrigues is in charge of the office of “Citizenship and Immigration Services”?

    Simply give Leon a stamp that say “accepted” for every application from someone that originates south of the border.

  • Da Troof

    Paying for our own destruction.

  • TomIron361

    it was immediately seeking 1,000 new employees
    Yep, just what we need, another thousand feeding at the public trough.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      Seeking 1,000 unemployable blacks.


  • Maximo Partagas

    The liberals need a permanent underclass to stay in power and by hook or by crook they’re going to get one. Of course with that underclass comes dramatically increased crime rates and a total breakdown of all decency. Welcome to Post-Constitutional America. My only consolation is that I am 50 y/o and won’t have to live with this mess much longer.

  • mobilebay

    Can’t say he didn’t warn us…I couldn’t believe it when he promised to “fundamentally change this country,” and many voted for him anyway.

  • JBP

    no. the $50 million is the tip of that s$%tberg.

    Whenever a gov’t agency comes into being it:
    1) has to hire approx twice as many contractors to do the task that the bureaucrats will be too incompetent or lazy to do,
    2) under the no-mama administration every new agency stood up is designed to take more tax money, and distribute twice as much (the difference being printed at the fed, aka “the worthless tool in the white house’s personal checkbook”.

    This one will end up costing us taxpayers $500 mil easy. Or our children if they can find a job.

  • IstvanIN

    “Immigrants” cost us more and more and more, yet they lie and say the illegals will be a net benefit. We need a revolution.

  • mobilebay

    $48 million to welcome those who broke into our country. Insanity thy name if the US government!

  • MBlanc46

    Spending money that we don’t have on people that we don’t want. Our federal government at work.

  • See The Future

    And where is the GOP?

    • newscomments70

      Answer to your question: Jeb Bush is surging ahead in the polls. That Rhino, race traitor is number one for 2016.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Who many pigs can fly in a frozen hell?