The Obama administration is working "at a full-throttle pace" to award multi-million dollar contracts for firms that can quickly process millions of illegal immigrants, a source told the government watchdog group Judicial Watch
, even though a federal judge blocked the president's amnesty order.
Hours after the group reported Friday that a Request for Proposal
had been filed in the government's official database for procurement opportunities, the request was pulled
The initial document was posted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services division of the Department of Homeland Security on Jan. 23, with hopes of having a contract awarded and a contractor "staffed and ready to commence full performance" by May 19.
The fast pace was rare for the large venture, the source, described as a high-level contract expert, told Judicial Watch.
According to the initial RFP, there would be "approximately four million people" and that USCIS anticipates the initial filing of "approximately five to six million forms" related to the amnesty order.
The contractor was to have worked from a new facility in Arlington, as there was no current facility to accommodate the "additional volume of work" when it comes to processing deferred amnesty action for illegal parents of citizens.
However, this past week, a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction
against Obama's executive order, including a ban on agencies such as the DHS and USCIS from executing the plan.
According to the proposal in the document, it will cost millions of tax dollars, as pricing spreadsheets list tens of thousands of work hours for tasks like program management, file operations, Freedom of Information Act scanning, and more, reports The Washington Times
And even though it's pulled its proposal, the Obama administration does not appear to be slowing down its efforts to implement the executive action while the Justice Department drafts an appeal
"There is no indication that the court order has impacted, slowed down or modified the procurement in any way," the source told Judicial Watch. "They’re really rushing into it."
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