Union Leader Says Immigration Reform Bill “Will Damage Public Safety and National Security”

Since usurping the Oval Office, Barack Obama has enjoyed a large support base among unions and union leaders.  Perhaps two of the strongest allies of his are the AFL-CIO and the NEA.

However, there is one union leader that is not all that thrilled with Obama or the infamous Gang of 8 that are pushing the immigration reform bill.  Kenneth Palinkas is President of the American Federation of Government Employees Council 119.  His particular union council has 12,000 employees who work at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Palinkas is very critical of the proposed immigration reform bill now before Congress.  He points out that none of the bill’s sponsors ever bothered to talk to anyone at the USCIS office about the bill, which according to Palinkas is rife with special interest loopholes, many of which will dodge security checks.  Palinkas commented about the bill, saying:

“The legislation was written with special interests — producing a bill that makes the current system worse, not better.  [The bill] will damage public safety and national security and should be opposed by lawmakers.”

Chris Crane, Chief of the union that represent ICE agents and officers, has expressed similar concerns and warnings about the immigration reform bill.  Both agencies and their unions are part of the Department of Homeland Security.  But it seems that none of the politicians on Capitol Hill are listening to either men or the unions they represent.

Commenting further, Palinkas has described the USCIS as being nothing more than a massive approval center for the applications received from illegals under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  In the 8 months since the program was announced, the USCIS has received about 500,000 applications.  Following the directives they have been given, they have been approving over 99% of the applications.  So far, 291,859 applications have been processed and only 2.352 have been rejected.

Palinkas stated:

“The culture at USCIS encourages all applications to be approved, discouraging proper investigation into red flags and discouraging the denial of any applications.  USCIS has been turned into an ‘approval machine.”

Some are looking at the DACA application process as a test run for the full 11 million illegals that could be offered protection status if the immigration reform bill becomes law.  At the current rate of approval, approximately 10,912,000 out of 11,000,000 would receive permission to remain in the US to take American jobs and apply for billions of dollars in benefits.

As both Palinkas and Crane have warned, the US cannot afford to pass the immigration reform bill.  We can’t afford this economically or employment wise and we can’t afford it for security and safety reasons.  It’s a very, very bad piece of legislation that needs to be defeated now before it’s too late.