More than 1 million young illegal immigrants expected to seek waivers

The first details on President Barack Obama’s plan to waive deportation for children of illegal immigrants, from the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — 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. The plans said there would be no waivers, but Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress last week that the government would grant waivers “in very deserving cases.” She said details were still being worked out.

“We anticipate that this will be a fee-driven process,” Napolitano said.

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.

Fee waivers could dramatically affect the government’s share of the cost. The plans said that, depending on how many applicants don’t pay, the government could lose between $19 million and $121 million. Republican critics pounced on that.

“By lowering the fee or waiving it altogether for illegal immigrants, those who play by the rules will face delays and large backlogs as attention is diverted to illegal immigrants,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas. “American taxpayers should not be forced to bail out illegal immigrants and President Obama’s fiscally irresponsible policies.”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services estimated it could receive more than 1 million applications during the first year of the program, or more than 3,000 per day. It would cost between $467 million and $585 million to process applications in the first two years of the program, with revenues from fees paid by immigrants estimated at $484 million, according to the plans. That means the cost to the government could range from a gain of $16 million to a loss of more than $101 million.

The government estimated that as many as 890,000 immigrants in the first year would be immediately eligible to avoid deportation. The remaining 151,000 immigrants would likely be rejected as ineligible.

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.

Once immigrants submit their applications, it could take between two and 10 days for the Homeland Security Department to scan and file it. It could take up to four weeks longer to make an appointment for immigrants to submit their fingerprints and take photographs. A subsequent background check could take six more weeks, then three more months for the government to make its final decision before a work permit would be issued.

Napolitano said new information about the program should be made available by Aug. 1. She has said immigrants would generally not be detained by immigration authorities while their application is pending.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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83 comments Add your comment

Mike

July 24th, 2012
4:28 pm

You buried the lede, you biased hack.

As the ARTICLE STATES, it’s going to cost $585 MILLION to award these illegals with legal status. That’s like getting kicked in the groin and having to pay for the “privilege.”

DannyX

July 24th, 2012
4:35 pm

Welcome young immigrants!

(Mike, did you actually read the article?)

jgalloway

July 24th, 2012
4:35 pm

Mike,

You’re simply mistaken. The lede of a news story is the first paragraph — sometimes the first three or so. The dollar figure is in the first paragraph of the AP report. You may disagree with the headline. And if I’d wanted to write an overly wordy one, then I would have included the dollar figure.

But I’m dealing with intelligent people on this blog who can and do enjoy reading for themselves, and deciding — again, for themselves — what is a kick in the groin, and what is not. You’re welcome to join them.

Cutty

July 24th, 2012
4:45 pm

“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.”

You’re a maroon Mike. No typo.

peter

July 24th, 2012
4:53 pm

Mike . You cut grass much ?

ATL CPA

July 24th, 2012
4:53 pm

This is plain wrong and will set a horrible precedent for others. No longer will people come here legally. You don’t need to have massive deportations. Mexicans themselves will self deport once they see that they cannot attain jobs, etc with the proper paperwork.

Mike

July 24th, 2012
4:53 pm

Jgalloway, YOUR headline and YOUR opening paragraph is YOUR lede for the story. You failed to highlight the key point about how much this miscarriage of justice is costing the taxpayers.

I subscribed to the AJC printed version for over a decade, but I eventually canceled my subscription. That was because of people like you, Jay Bookman, and Mike Luckovich. Your disgusting bias bleeds through in what you cover and how you frame every story. You’re probably too indoctrinated to see it, but the paying customers have seen it and have spoken loudly by running away from our state’s “flagship” newspaper. I rarely even check out the website, anymore. When I do, though, it’s still the same. You’ll never learn. Congratulations on killing your own profession.

unbiased committee

July 24th, 2012
4:56 pm

Deportation won’t ever happen anyway, even though it should.

Whirled Peas

July 24th, 2012
4:59 pm

“The Obama administration’s new plan to grant temporary work permits”. Is this not the job of Congress? Does Obama make laws? Is Obama a dictator? Is there no one out there with respect for the people and the Constitution who will stand up to this tyrant? Obama will crap on the people and the constitution in an instant if he thinks it will buy some votes. But in the end it will do him no good. The American people have started to figure it out. He will be toast come first Tuesday in November.

Junior Samples

July 24th, 2012
5:02 pm

Mike,

At least your reading this so-called disgusting bias for free.
Sit down, you got what you paid for.

P.S. The A in AJC doesn’t stand for Georgia. Please feel free to find a newspaper that suits you.

Billy

July 24th, 2012
5:02 pm

WOW-FREAKING-WE I can’t understand why everything that AMERICA has stood for is being sold for $465.00

terry

July 24th, 2012
5:14 pm

We are broke. Last one out turn off the light. You can now be part of this country thru illegal means. We have totally lost any part of any moral/legal compass we have ever had. I’m glad I’m middle aged & not young. The young kids are going to be stuck w/ all this debt.

Auntie Christ

July 24th, 2012
5:15 pm

The article states: “That means the cost to the government could range from a gain of $16 million to a loss of more than $101 million.” or it could cost as much as $500 Million.

To put this in perspective, it may cost as little as what the Pentagon spends in the time it takes you to brush your teeth each morning, or it may cost as much as the pentagon spends in 12 hours. Either way, it is 1 Million less young people who are driving without licenses and insurance because they’re illegal, maybe another 350-700,000 kids going to college and educating themselves.

unbiased committee

July 24th, 2012
5:16 pm

ILLEGAL:
unlawful, forbidden by law, unauthorized by law, prohibited by law.

Harris Young

July 24th, 2012
5:18 pm

Mike, please do us all a favor, and SHUT UP!

DannyX

July 24th, 2012
5:26 pm

“ILLEGAL:
unlawful, forbidden by law, unauthorized by law, prohibited by law.”

Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million “illegals.” They the became “legals.”

By the way unbiased committee and Mike, what was the fee the Reagan amnesty applicants paid?

Many illegal to legal American immigrants call Reagan the “Padre of our country.”

VIVA REAGAN!!

Dont Tread

July 24th, 2012
5:30 pm

It’s appropriate that this was posted at 4:20 as you have to be on drugs to think that rewarding people for breaking the law does any good for the country.

Anne Mitchell

July 24th, 2012
5:33 pm

And what is the unemployment rate now?
Say 40% of the ille….er….undoc…ah…’uninvited guests’ are female; ‘uninvited guests ‘ have long known reproducing is the Golden Ticket to delayed/cancelled deportation (”You can’t deport me!! I have given birth to five citizens!”),as well as food stamps,Section 8 subsidized housing,Medicaid,free school meals via their Lil’ Citizens. Exactly how is the middle class expected to pay for this?

Wilbur

July 24th, 2012
5:34 pm

In unrelated news…CBO announced today that we are going to spend about $.6 billion a year on healthcare for illegal immigrants. Turned out that Obama WAS lying. Does this mean that Clyesdale is going to apologize?

DannyX

July 24th, 2012
5:35 pm

“It’s appropriate that this was posted at 4:20 as you have to be on drugs to think that rewarding people for breaking the law does any good for the country.”

The young people that this applies to really didn’t have a choice in the matter did they Dont tread. Talk about 4:20.

Fact is the Obama administration has had more people deported than Bush did in 8 years.

Contractor

July 24th, 2012
5:37 pm

Galloway,

Quit thumping your chest as if you conquered Everest. Not everyone that comments on your articles is a Harvard or Yale graduate, so quit acting like only the smartest and most intelligent read your articles, because from what I have read in the past you are not as good as you think you are, nor are your readers and advocates. I guess you have to shine on that tiny little pedestal the AJC gives you though, and atleast you’re not Cynthia Tucker I guess.

Jaggar

July 24th, 2012
5:43 pm

This is an extrememly sad situtation. We have people coming to this country legally and paying thousands of dollars. Now Obama and congress are allowing and encouraging illegal immigration. The republicans did nothing about it and now the entire bunch are allowing this to get out of hand. This will cost taxpayers a bundle and these people still will drive with out insurance and take up jobs that legal citizens are out. Too bad!

Bernie

July 24th, 2012
5:47 pm

Jim, why not? Just a drive through Atlanta and many of its suburban communities reflect the hard work and contribution to this great city and this Nation by these very people and their families. Do you really think the growth of Atlanta and Georgia could have ever reached the success that it has so enjoyed without their contributions to the communities and the economy?

We should all welcome them with open arms as members of this Great Nation as so many immigrants who have come before them seeking a better Life. That is the True
Spirit of America…not the bumper sticker kind, we so often hold on too and exhort during times of great tragedy and disaster.

Thomas Jefferson

July 24th, 2012
5:57 pm

Obama has not had more deported. There was a backlog from aggressive enforcement by the Bush adminstration that scewed the numbers in the first 2 years of Obama’s reign.

crabapplejoe

July 24th, 2012
6:01 pm

I wonder how many forgery shops have opened up to print up all of those “school transcripts”, etc. to “prove” that the new arrivals were here years ago…..and for those who have attained the age of 30….voila new and improved Mexican birth certificates….should be fun to watch…

Concerned

July 24th, 2012
6:08 pm

And what is the unemployment rate now?
Say 40% of the ille….er….undoc…ah…’uninvited guests’ are female; ‘uninvited guests ‘ have long known reproducing is the Golden Ticket to delayed/cancelled deportation (”You can’t deport me!! I have given birth to five citizens!”),as well as food stamps,Section 8 subsidized housing,Medicaid,free school meals via their Lil’ Citizens. Exactly how is the middle class expected to pay for this?

Jim, Did you and all the other intelligent people read this comment??

DannyX

July 24th, 2012
6:10 pm

“There was a backlog from aggressive enforcement by the Bush adminstration that scewed the numbers in the first 2 years of Obama’s reign.”

LOL, is that the new talking points! Obama could have stopped those deportations dead in their tracks if that was the case. The fact remains, the Obama administration deported more people in three years than Bush did in 8.

Heather

July 24th, 2012
6:10 pm

Exactly how would a non citizen have served in the military?

clyde

July 24th, 2012
6:11 pm

I figure that it will cost the taxpayer about 200 billion dollars to process 1 million illegals.And that’s a conservative estimate.It all depends on how many get hired to process this first bunch.They’ll remain on the payroll forever and we,the taxpayer ,will pay.Forever.

P

July 24th, 2012
6:13 pm

This is stupid. The fees should have been higher at $1000/person so the program can actually make some money for this country. If they are going to get a free ride from this point onward, ask them to pay a little more upfront. Heck it costs upward $10,000 for legal immigrants to apply for a permanent residency (employment based situation) and most of these applicant are highly educated people. This system is truly broken. Shame on you Obama!

DannyX

July 24th, 2012
6:15 pm

“And what is the unemployment rate now?”

What does that have to do with anything? Last year when the unemployment rate was even higher, especially here in Georgia, crops were rotting in the fields because Georgia ran off all the workers. Unemployed Georgians sure weren’t about to break their backs in the stifling heat working in the fields.

DannyX

July 24th, 2012
6:19 pm

“I figure that it will cost the taxpayer about 200 billion dollars to process 1 million illegals”

Really Clyde? Lets hear it. Why will it cost that much. How do you come up with 200 billion? I Can’t wait for your answer.

Middle Class Latino Citizen

July 24th, 2012
6:28 pm

So the process should not cost much since a fee will be applied to cover it and we are adding 1 million new tax payers, borrowers, spenders, etc….during an economic lull. I’m pretty sure most of these folks are already employed so jobs shouldn’t be lost for the complainers. I see nothing but positivity coming out of legalizing these young adults who are already HERE and not going anywhere. Great move Mr. President! Way to show compassion to young humans!

P

July 24th, 2012
6:29 pm

Serious though. If the $465 per applicant fees may not be enough to subsidize the cost of a deferred deportation and paper work fees, then simply raise the fees. What’s the point of having tax payer to pay for this again and…again.

Not Blind

July 24th, 2012
6:34 pm

Anybody that believes any of the numbers above is totally ignoring the track record of the government. They always massively over estimate the amount of money a program will take in, massively under estimate how much it will cost to administer any program and massively under estimate the future costs a program will put upon the taxpayers.

Not Blind

July 24th, 2012
6:37 pm

“I don’t have $465 “. “No problem, just check this box and we will waive the fee and check these boxes and you can get government assistance”. “Free money, what a great country”.

How long before the goose is out of golden eggs and into the pot ? The goose being the US taxpayer .

JB

July 24th, 2012
6:40 pm

Those of you who think this program is a kick in the groin should take the time to learn more about its actual purpose.

If you will take a moment to recognize the inherent human dignity in all people, including undocumented immigrants, then your heart and mind will open just wide enough for you to consider that maybe, just maybe, it is in the best interests of this country for these young people to be here. The group of people affected by this program comes from all walks of life – rich and poor, valedictorians and laborers, innovators and students eager to learn, community volunteers and veterans. Those who qualify will have shown that they have bettered their life through school or the military, that they have stayed out of trouble, that they have ties to their community and that they have been in this country for years. And, they will have to continue to show that they meet those requirements every two years when they reapply.

These are young people who are making this country better and stronger. You think they will be taking jobs. I think when given the chance they will be creating jobs, opening companies, working in public service, serving our country, etc.

So, call them illegal and degrade their human character. Call it a miscarriage of justice costing US taxpayers (which includes them by the way) even though it will be paid for by processing fees. But, before you spew something hateful or misinformed back at me for my comments here, take a deep breath, step back for a second and recognize that just maybe this program isn’t “amnesty” or the end of the world or whatever all the talk show hosts are telling you to think about it. Think through it for yourself and you might just see that just maybe it is an example of a government making sound policy decisions that provide a rational, compassionate solution to a serious problem that affects the lives of many good, hard working, educated young people who consider themselves Americans and have proven through their commitment to this country and its ideals that they belong here.

Bernie

July 24th, 2012
6:41 pm

Just as in the immigration of the Irish,Italians,Jews,Greeks, Poles,Swedes and other religious and minority groups. America was able to bear the cost and became a better and greater Nation because of it.

We are all immigrants to this great LAND.

Some came voluntarily and many came involuntarily in chains. This is who we are! As for my ancestors who arrived on the “GOOD SHIP JESUS”, paid an enormous price that many who have come afterwards could never bear such a cost and remain such faithful and loyal citizens. So as to the cost of their arrival it has already been pre-paid. Paid through the millions of those who have suffered greatly through bloodshed and loss of family,language, and religion that many of us could not endure if that same INHUMANE ACT was inflicted upon us this very day.

So for all the Whiners and bed wetters, I say to you take a LOOK into the Mirror! There is nothing so exceptional that really makes you no different from them. You are here only because you are member of the LUCKY GENE POOL class. All you did was to be born on this LAND MASS, live, smile, and be happy. You will never know the true cost of what it really means to be a REAL AMERICAN and to endure the suffering to become one its valued members. One should be thankful to have lived during such a time to enjoy its privileges after others paid for it at such an extreme cost.

GSUBLH

July 24th, 2012
6:45 pm

just another step to make it easier to become a citizen if you are in the country illegally… and it starts with $465….what a joke…once this starts you know in a few years there will be a provision that will automatically allow those who have paid the fee to make them immediate citizens…terrible terrible idea….needs to be more than just that 1) larger fee 2) English and US History classes 3) even stronger barrier in the SW 4) 1 or 2 year waiting period (no more than that) 5) stronger family background checks(if they are not done so)….but this will never happen

TDY

July 24th, 2012
6:46 pm

I’m guessing that’s about 800,000 new democrats. The US will never recover from the crash that’s coming our way. Enjoy….

Christie

July 24th, 2012
6:46 pm

Can I be illegal? I would like gummit bennies and protected class status!

Merican

July 24th, 2012
6:53 pm

Hey jb I have compassion for American citizens not illegal alien invaders. Every one of these job stealing parasites should be rounded up and sent back to the third world rat hole they came from.

JB

July 24th, 2012
7:02 pm

Merican, let’s talk about these invaders. Some of them “invaded” the country when they were infants. That’s some army. For the twenty five year old who has lived in the United States for 24 years, where is that home you want to send them? You certainly know that undocumented immigrants come from around the world – Ireland, Korea, Canada and, yes, even Mexico. The list goes on and on. I am not sure if you are referring to Canada as a third world rat hole, but again I urge you to learn more about the immigration issue for yourself rather than repeating the hate of others who want you to believe nothing more than that the undocumented immigrant is your enemy rather than that they are really simply your brother or sister.

I hope you’ll open your heart and mind. You choose the order. Either way will lead to the other.

Lib in Cobb

July 24th, 2012
7:37 pm

Thank you Mr. President. A sane and sensible movement toward immigration.

GT GRAD

July 24th, 2012
7:53 pm

Use your brains people……..this is simply Obama buying votes!

We all know the so-called “fees” will be waived in many/most cases. The fees are designed to fool the ignorant masses and give the left wing media pukes a reasonable talking point to justify this very bad program.

Obama is buying votes during an election year…….the fees will be waived…….this way the “wonderful” Obama provided legal status for an illegal alien AND the great guy even waived the $465 fee………………………..oh he is soooooooo wonderful……….hurry let’s go sign up for welfare and food stamps and free healthcare and free college tuition and free anything else wonderful Obama will give us. I am definitely gonna vote for the Democrats for the rest of my life because I don’t want any of this free stuff to stop!

Additional comment for the ignorant masses out there: none of the stuff these illegal aliens from a different country are planning sign up for is actually FREE………..the honest tax paying American citizens will pay for these programs (by the way 48% of Americans will not pay anything).

William

July 24th, 2012
8:00 pm

STEP RIGHT UP!
Pay your $465 and we will immediately give you, Food Stamps, Free Health Care, Free Education ( payed for by the sweat of those who live here) ..

Who’s next?

fed up

July 24th, 2012
8:29 pm

OMG – Obama Must Go!!! I am sick and tired of the policies put forth by this president and his followers. The economy, Obamacare, the massive debt, etc. What about the children that were born here to legal, working, tax paying citizens? Why are my tax dollars being used to fund everything to those who were brought here illegally or born here to illegal immigrants? Our legal children can’t even find summer jobs to help with college expenses b/c of the economy, etc.

Americo

July 24th, 2012
8:50 pm

DannyX…you sound like you need to be deported!

Rick in Grayson

July 24th, 2012
8:50 pm

The cost of the paperwork is substantial money and the local taxpayer should not be picking up the tab. We have already spent 10’s of thousands of dollars ($10,000/year for K-12 educations) on illegal aliens! They will take up space in our colleges and universities and displace our own children!

They will take jobs from US citizens and legal residents! They will get school loans that our children need. They will live in subsidized public housing along with their illegal parents!

When does the bleeding from subsidizing illegal aliens and the employers who employ them (cheap labor?)!

When do we get a President that follows/enforces the “rule of law”? When do we get a President and a Congress that will put the interests of US citizens before those of illegal aliens? We already have millions of employees on H1-B visas (former and current) that have displaced US citizens from the workplace!

Americo

July 24th, 2012
8:55 pm

How can people that don’t pay tax yield so much power.