Federal jobs bonanza hits Kansas City
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City area residents and businesses should be high-fiving each other over President Barack Obama being re-elected.
Obama’s victory already has resulted in the announcement of 800 new jobs coming to this metropolitan community. The Kansas City Star reports that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will add the employees to its already big workforce here.
The increase is directly tied to Obama’s action in June to allow young undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States. It followed Congress failing to pass the DREAM Act and the Republicans’ demonization of illegal immigrants.
If Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had been elected, the 500 new jobs slated for Overland Park and the 300 for Lee’s Summit — both Republican strongholds — wouldn’t have happened. Like the Affordable Care Act, which Romney said he would abolish on Day One if elected, Obama’s action to help illegal immigrants would have evaporated.
These are people who came to the U.S. when they were less than 16 years old but not over age 30. The additional workers, who will be paid $27,431 to $41,563, will help the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service process applications, which could top more than 1 million in the first year.
The Kansas City area will benefit with the jobless rate falling and companies serving more people with buying power.
The agency already has close to 2,000 employees on the Missouri side of the metro area. Applicants can go to www.USAjobs.gov to try to get one of those good government jobs that the Republicans have tried mightily to demonize.