The report is based on Freedom Of Information Act requests—I. E. not something Obama's immigration authorities have been forthcoming with.
Neil Munro covers it for the Daily Caller under the headline Obama Quietly Adds 5.46 Million Foreigners To Economy, February 2, 2015, and by Caroline May at Breitbart as Report: 5.5 million Additional Work Permits Issued Since 2009 In ‘Shadow’ Authorization System.
The report is Government Data Reveal 5.5 Million New Work Permits Issued Since 2009, February 2015, CIS.org, [PDF] but I'll just quote Breitbart on what's involved:
CIS laid out three categories of immigrants who received work authorization under what the group is calling a “shadow” system:Occasionally you will hear idiot Republicans saying that their Obamnesty Lite schemes are not an amnesty, because illegals in the US won't get citizenship. They don't want citizenship. They already have citizenship in Mexico, and they're happy being Mexican citizens. What they want is work permits, so they can get American money. That's why we keep saying
“I was astonished at the huge number of work permits that are being issued by the Obama administration outside the legal immigration system through executive discretion, especially at a time of high unemployment and stagnant wages,” Jessica Vaughan, CIS’ director of policy studies, said Monday. “Besides the effect on the American worker, it encourages and rewards more illegal immigration.”
- Approximately 1.8 million new work permits were issued to aliens with temporary visas or who entered under the visa waiver program. Of these, about 1.2 million (67%) had a visa status for which employment is not authorized by law, such as foreign students and independents of guest workers.
- About 982,000 new work permits issued to illegal aliens or aliens unqualified for admission. Of these, 957,000 were aliens who crossed the border illegally (Entered Without Inspection). Inexplicably, 1,200 new work permits were issued to aliens who were denied asylum, were suspected of using fraudulent documents, were stowaways, or were refused at a port of entry.
- About 1.7 million, were issued to aliens whose status was unknown, not recorded by the adjudicator, or not disclosed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency that processes the applications.
The Work Permit is the Amnesty.And apparently Obama knows this, too.