“The Speaker has made perfectly clear to the president that it is unacceptable for him to unilaterally re-write immigration law on his own and the Speaker will never support this type of action,” Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said.
The comment is the most significant repudiation since Breitbart News reported that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is seeking vendors for “surge” capacity to handle future immigration policy changes.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said the draft request for proposal, issued Oct. 6 but heretofore unnoticed, shows the president “is preparing to violate the Constitution again,” and other Republicans have denounced it as well.
USCIS has still not offered any official comment about the solicitation, nor has the White House. A USCIS official told the Daily Mail the agency is planning the “surge” capacity “’in case the president makes the move we think he will.”
The request for proposals says the agency will need a minimum of four million cards per year. In the “surge,” scenario in 2016, the agency would need an additional five million cards – more than double the baseline annual amount for a total of 9 million.
“The guaranteed minimum for each ordering period is 4,000,000 cards. The estimated maximum for the entire contract is 34,000,000 cards,” the document says.
The agency is buying the materials need to construct both Permanent Residency Cards (PRC), commonly known as green cards, as well as Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards which have been used to implement President Obama’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program. The RFP does not specify how many of each type of card would be issued.
Jessica Vaughan, an immigration expert at the Center for Immigration Studies and former State Department official, said the document suggests a new program of remarkable breadth.
The RFP “seems to indicate that the president is contemplating an enormous executive action that is even more expansive than the plan that Congress rejected in the ‘Gang of Eight’ bill,” Vaughan said.