According to a draft solicitation published online, the government agency will look for a company that can produce a minimum 4 million cards per year for five years, and 9 million in the early stages.
President Barack Obama has pledged that he will make a move on immigration reform this year. His original timetable called for a decision by the end of the summer.
The organisation has released a report in which it details evidence of Australian Navy and Border Force officials intercepting a people smuggling boat and paying the crew to turn around.
It recommends a royal commission into the alleged payments, as well as an investigation into a second incident where payments were also alleged to have been made.
Senior ministers have previously expressly denied the involvement of Border Force and Defence Force officials in any payments to people smugglers, but that denial has never been extended to intelligence officials.
A spokesman for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton described the Amnesty report as “a slur on the men and women of the Australian Border Force (ABF) and Australian Defence Force (ADF)”.
For months after his amnesty effort collapsed, Senator Rubio refused to support any of the immigration enforcement bills offered by his Republican colleagues. Rubio did, however introduce a new bill that would triple the number of foreign guest workers and allow companies such as Disney and Microsoft to replace American workers with low-skilled foreign laborers who will work for lower wages. Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration lobbying group has called this bill, “our gold standard for high tech reform.
“The word is… that 2017 is the year to watch for immigration,” radio host Laura Ingraham asked Sessions. “What are the chances… that if Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is Speaker and Hillary Clinton is President of the United States, or Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is President of the United States that they would move in the first 100 days to push a massive, similar [to the ‘Gang of Eight’] immigration reform bill?”
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent testified before a Senate committee today that the Obama administration’s policy of catching and releasing illegal immigrants is the primary factor driving the nation’s immigrant influx.