About 70 percent of the 5.5 million work permits issued since 2009, the year President Obama took office, were given to illegals who aren’t allowed by law to have them or whose qualifications to have them are not documented, according to a new report this month by the Center for Immigration Studies.

Data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reveal 3.86 million work permits issued were potentially or blatantly in violation of U.S. law:

  • 1,200,000 work permits were issued to aliens not allowed to work in the U.S. (e.g., tourists, foreign students);
  • 960,000 work permits were issued to aliens who crossed the border illegally; and
  • 1,700,000 work permits were issued to aliens whose status was unknown, not disclosed or not revealed by USCIS.

Cautioning that Congress has both an opportunity and obligation to remedy this issue, the study concludes:

These statistics indicate that the executive branch is operating a huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the bounds of the laws and limits written by Congress. It inevitably reduces job opportunities for Americans. In addition, allowing work permits to be issued to illegal aliens and temporary visitors damages the integrity of the legal immigration system and encourages illegal immigration.

Read the full report: Government Data Reveal Millions of New Work Permits Issued Since 2009