Financial Implications of Obama?s Under 30 Immigration Reform Measure Stir Political Leaders

President Barack Obama’s Immigration Reform measure has created a lifeline for many undocumented residents under the age of 30. However, several critics have remarked that the decision may have steep consequences in terms of monetary costs for the United States.

Much of the criticism for the reprieve stems from the fact that it could cost the United States as much as $585 million to process the one million applications expected to be received in the first two years of the program, according to CBS. Immigrants will be required to pay a $465 application fee, which is projected to equal $484 million in revenue. Even so, several Republicans who oppose the Immigration Reform are quick to say that President Obama’s program is fiscally irresponsible, reported the source.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith believes the program will create additional hardships for legal immigrants who are applying for U.S. citizenship as well as current citizens.

“Those who play by the rules will face delays and large backlogs as attention is diverted to illegal immigrants,” said Smith. “American taxpayers should not be forced to bail out illegal immigrants and President Obama’s fiscally irresponsible policies.”

While some political figures remain opposed to the new legislation,  Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security  backs President Obama’s decision to stop deporting all illegal immigrant youth and allow them to apply for legal work permits. In a statement submitted to the House Judiciary Committee, Napolitano said, “Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a strong and sensible manner, but they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the circumstances of each case.”

Applicants will be considered on a case-to-case basis, and it is estimated that 85 percent will be approved for a work permit.