WH Insists: Don’t Read Anything Into Purchase Order for Up to 34M Green Cards | CNS News


(CNSNews.com) – Reporters tried again on Wednesday to find out if a DHS purchase order for millions of green cards signals the magnitude of President Obama’s intention to unilaterally grant legal status to illegal aliens after the midterm election.

The purchase order requests “an estimated 4 million cards annually” and up to 34 million total.

“What we’re talking about here is an order from the Department of Homeland Security to a contractor, related to ongoing operations at the Department of Homeland Security. They’re responsible for issuing green cards,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told Fox News’s Ed Henry.

“I think those who are trying to read into those specific orders about what the president may decide are — are a little too cleverly trying to divine what the president’s ultimate conclusion might be.”

Earnest called Henry’s question “a relatively clever way to ask about the policy that the president has not yet announced, as it relates to executive actions that he’s prepared to take to address the problems in our broken immigration system.”

In a presolicitation notice posted at Federal Business Opportunities on Oct. 6, the Department of Homeland Security announced its intention to purchase card stock used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to “produce Permanent Resident Cards and Employment Authorization Documentation cards. The requirement is for an estimated 4 million cards annually with the potential to buy as many as 34 million cards total,” the notice said.”

“I think the report is, they ordered some paper,” Earnest said on Wednesday.

Asked if the order was “coincidental,” Earnest replied, “I’m saying that there are decisions that are made by lots of agencies, including the ordering of specific colored sheets of paper. Those sorts of decisions are not micro-managed by the White House.

“Don’t be absurd with us,” a reporter shot back. “That’s not just an ordinary colored piece of paper. It is a central…central to what the president has promised in public to do…”

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