Inherent in this permission to stay in the United States is the right to work in this country. As we reported recently, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a notice on the “Federal Business Opportunities” website on October 3 announcing the imminent solicitation for card stock that will be used to print Permanent Resident Cards (PRC) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards. EADs are popularly called “work permits.”
This incentive for employers to hire these illegal immigrants over legal residents, including native-born citizens, comes from a regulation found under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). The regulation, which went into effect in January, requires employers with 50 or more employees to offer “affordable, adequate” healthcare coverage or be fined $3,000 a year for each full-time worker getting a premium tax credit. (The premium tax credit is offered directly to individuals not offered coverage through an employer and who have applied to purchase insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.)
Under ObamaCare rules, coverage is considered “unaffordable” if the employee needs to contribute more than 9.5 percent of their family income to employer coverage. Coverage is deemed “inadequate” if the insurance does not pay for at least 60 percent of healthcare costs.
When the Obama executive action is combined with ObamaCare rules, a loophole for employers is created. Since these illegal immigrants who have been granted the right to remain in America are ineligible to buy insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, employers who hire them are exempted from paying the fines.
FK – Could our blood domestic enemies have planned it that way? Oh that would be too conspiratorial.