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Immigration Reform - Is The Writing On The Wall?

By now everybody in the immigrant community and elsewhere knows about the President's promise to act on immigration by way of executive action between the November elections and the end of this year. While disappointed immigrants, battered by broken promises, remain cautiously optimistic, the Administration remains tightlipped about the exact when how and what. But, there appears to be some writing on the wall that the Administration is gearing up for immigration reform.

Leon Rodriguez, the head of U.S. citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) spoke at Georgetown University last Tuesday. USCIS will of course be front and center on any type of immigration reform. Rodriguez told his audience "We will be ready – our agency will be shouldering the primary responsibility for executing whatever it is." When asked about more details; however, Rodriguez declined to comment.

But there is more; the USCIS posted the following draft solicitation on the Federal Business Opportunities website:

USCIS Contracting will be posting a solicitation for the requirement of Card Stock used by the USCIS Document Management Division. The objective of this procurement is to provide card consumables for the Document Management Division (DMD) that will be used to produce Permanent Resident Cards (PRC) and Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD) cards. The requirement is for an estimated 4 million cards annually with the potential to buy as many as 34 million cards total. The ordering periods for this requirement shall be for a total of five (5) years. This is a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) supply purchase for commercial items, utilizing North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 325211 and Product / Service Code (PSC) 9330. This requirement is for the acquisition of 100% polycarbonate solid body card stock with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and holographic images embedded within the card construction substrate layers, card design service, and storage.

When asked about this posting, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest declined to comment on USCIS' surge of immigration ID's requested.

So, there you have it; nobody's talking, but there's lots of backdoor activity under way. Is the writing on the wall?