DHS on hiring spree to carry out Obama immigration orders, opening ‘operational center’ | Fox News

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The Department of Homeland Security is on a hiring spree for 1,000 full-time workers to carry out President Obama’s executive actions on immigration — even as Republicans in Congress battle each other over how to stall the “amnesty” before it starts.

According to an internal memo, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is hiring for 1,000 full-time positions at a new “operational center” in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. Many of the openings were posted the day after Obama announced he’ll offer work authorization and temporary legal status to up to 5 million illegal immigrants. While that move is now the subject of congressional and legal battles, the job postings indicate the administration was well-prepared to quickly carry out the orders.

Critics said the hiring binge is another sign the administration is openly defying the law, as they challenge his actions.

“This facility is a clear symbol of the President’s defiance of the American people, their laws, and their Constitution,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said in a statement. “He is hiring federal employees to carry out a directive that violates the laws Congress has passed in order to foist on the nation laws Congress has repeatedly refused to pass.”

He added that while some suggest the “amnesty” does not have a financial cost, “this action unmistakably demonstrates otherwise.” Sessions echoed past warnings from the USCIS union that the agency may “rubber stamp” applications.

Many of the job openings listed on USAJOBS.gov, and in the internal memo, have expired but more openings are expected to be announced. The positions range from special assistant to program analyst to immigration services officer and more. Salaries go as high as $157,000.

The postings were first reported by The Washington Times.

While only a sample of positions were listed with the memo, the bulletin said USCIS aims to bring about “1,000 full-time, permanent federal and contract employees in a variety of positions and grade levels” to the new center. It would be opened in Crystal City, Va., which is a neighborhood in bustling Arlington.

“The initial workload will include cases filed as a result of the executive actions on immigration announced on Nov. 20, 2014,” the bulletin says. “Many job opportunities at the operational center will be announced in the coming days and please continue to monitor USAJOBS if you are interested.”

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