The $3 trillion coronavirus relief package unveiled by House Democrats this week includes protections for illegal immigrants who work in jobs declared “essential” — a move that Republicans are blasting as an attempt at “amnesty,” Fox News informed.
The mammoth bill includes a section on page 1,737 on “temporary protections for essential critical infrastructure workers.”
That section of the legislation allows some illegal immigrants — who are “engaged in essential critical infrastructure, labor or services in the United States” — to be put into “a period of deferred action” and authorized to work if they meet certain conditions.
It also provides protection to those employers who hire illegal immigrants, stating that “the hiring, employment or continued employment” of the defined group of illegal immigrants is not in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The move was flagged by Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli as a push by Democrats to grant “amnesty” to illegal immigrants and protection to those who employ them.
“Is it really a good idea to not only grant an amnesty to illegal aliens but to absolve employers who have been breaking the law in the last few months?” he tweeted. “I don’t think so!”
“These pages of the proposed bill create a deferred action program for aliens based on the [Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency] essential workforce list. Granting both deferred action and employment authorization. The aliens wouldn’t even have to apply for an [Employee Authorization Document] or deferred action, they get it automatically.”
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