The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, solicited bids early this month to purchase millions of legal residency cards each year for the next five years. By statute, immigration is limited to a small fraction of the cards it’s ordering. What gives?
Perhaps the real question should be, what does the Obama administration have planned for after the Nov. 4 midterms?
The solicitation for bids reads, according to FedBizOpps.gov:
USCIS Contracting will be posting a solicitation for the requirement of Card Stock used by the USCIS Document Management Division. The objective of this procurement is to provide card consumables for the Document Management Division (DMD) that will be used to produce Permanent Resident Cards (PRC) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards.
Now for the real eye-opening part of the solicitation (emphasis mine):
The requirement is for an estimated 4 million cards annually with the potential to buy as many as 34 million cards total. The ordering periods for this requirement shall be for a total of five (5) years.
Permanent residency visas are restricted by law to 675,000 per year. They include 480,000 Family Preference Visas, 140,000 Permanent Employment-based visas and 140,000 Diversity Visas, according to the Immigration Policy Center.
This is a far cry from 4 million. If we use the government’s estimated maximum of 34 million within the next five years, it would work out to 6.8 million per year–more than ten times the number allowed by law.
Liberty Unyielding emailed Ronald B. Slater, the person designated to contact with questions, with our own questions. So far there has been no reply.
(h/t: GOP The Daily Dose)