Providing offices and salaries for these new employees will cost an estimated $48 million, according to a Christmas Day report in The New York Times. It adds that the government will be spending almost $8 million annually in lease payments and some $40 million in annual salaries.
While conservative are angling to defund President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, the administration is already at work creating the new infrastructure that will implement its unilateral changes to immigration law.
Shortly after Obama announced the executive actions on immigration, Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revealed it would be opening “a new operational center” in Crystal City in Arlington, VA to house 1,000 new “full-time, permanent federal and contract employees.”
“The initial workload will include cases filed as a result of the executive actions on immigration announced on Nov. 20, 2014,” the USCIS bulletin issued on Dec. 1 read.
At the time, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) called the facility, “a clear symbol of the President’s defiance of the American people, their laws, and their Constitution.”
“The President cannot spend money unless the Congress approves it, and certainly the Congress should not approve funds for an illegal amnesty,” Sessions added on Dec. 3.