Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Falling Down On The Job

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) tells us that their first priority is terrorism. However, that is not true. ICE is nothing more than the successor to the late Immigration and Naturalization Service and the U.S. Customs Service. Consequently their responsibility is to enforce the immigration and customs laws of the United States. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has the responsibility to enforce the laws of the United States related to national security, terrorism and espionage, even if those violations involve foreign nationals. But ICE cannot even be persuaded to do its own job. The FBI appears to be doing both:
To wit we see again that the FBI investigated Diana Tejada and Bassam Mahmoud Tarhini for violations of federal immigration laws because Tarhini was identified as a terrorist. They were not investigated by ICE.
An aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeatedly lied to federal immigration and FBI agents and submitted false federal documents to the Department of Homeland Security to cover up her illegal seven-year marriage to a Lebanese national who was the subject of an Oklahoma City Joint Terror Task Force investigation, FoxNews.com has learned.

Diana Tejada, Reid’s Hispanic Press Secretary, admitted to receiving payment for “some of her expenses” in exchange for fraudulently marrying Bassam Mahmoud Tarhini in 2003, strictly so he could obtain permanent U.S. residency, according to court documents.

Tarhini, now 37, was held in jail and at an immigration detention center in connection with his 2009 indictment on felony charges, documents show. He pleaded guilty to entering a fraudulent marriage to evade immigration laws — a Class D felony — in November 2009, and he was deported in March 2010.
More telling was that the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office failed to prosecute Tejada. And note that the investigation and prosecution were initiated under Jorge Bush. And it was a Bush not an Obama Regime decision to not prosecute Tejada. It clearly shows that both the Obama Regime and the Bush Adminstration had a double standard when it came to crimes committed by Hispanics, especially if those Hispanics had political connections.
Here is the non-explanation from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Oklahoma:
Tejada, now 28, was never charged for her role in the crime.

“We did not charge the woman, and of course we don’t discuss the reasons we don’t charge people,” said Bob Troester, spokesman for the Western District of Oklahoma U.S. Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case, which began as an FBI investigation out of the Oklahoma City Joint Terrorism Task Force.
“There’s multiple factors that go into charging decisions. She wasn’t charged and we can’t go beyond that.”
We get a hint of why when we find out that as recently as September 2010 Tejada was still employed by Harry Reid.
As recently as five weeks ago, on Sept. 21, 2010, Tejada appeared as a guest on a Spanish-language radio program in her official capacity as a spokeswoman for Harry Reid.

Monday evening, Reid’s spokesman Jim Manley said Tejada was no longer employed by Reid’s office. When asked when Tejada left Reid’s services, the spokesman had no comment.
Manley provided this statement to FoxNews.com:

“Our office was not previously aware of these allegations and, following an internal investigation, the staffer at issue is no longer with our office. The conduct alleged, which took place several years before the staffer worked for Senator Reid, was clearly wrong. But the bottom line remains that this story was a desperation measure by partisan Republicans, who have stooped to slinging mud about junior staffers to score points in the waning days of her campaign.”

In court documents, Tejada, who was also the Press Secretary of Hispanic Media for the Senate Majority Conference Committee, is referred to as “an uncharged coconspirator in the crime of perjury, filing false immigration documents, the crime of sham marriage.”

According to interviews and court records obtained by FoxNews.com, Tejada knowingly filed false documents with the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services; lied in in-person interviews with ICE and FBI agents; and submitted fraudulent visa application affidavits and marriage license documents — all in attempt to use her status as an American citizen to get Tarhini permanent residency.

As a result of her actions, according to court documents, Tarhini was able to obtain a work permit.

“I don’t honestly know the reason why they chose to prosecute Bassam and not her,” said Jeffrey Byers, Tarhini’s criminal attorney.

“I don’t think they could’ve prosecuted the case without one of the two of them saying something, but I suspect they chose to work with the American citizen other than Bassam.”

A Justice Department source familiar with the investigation said:"As exhibited in the court documents, the case prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office in Oklahoma City was a straightforward case involving two individuals who entered into a fraudulent marriage during college in order for one to evade immigration laws and obtain lawful residence."
Of course ICE and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fell down on their responsibility to investigate the marriage that was obviously fraudulent.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement would not comment on why it took five years to investigate the couple's marriage.
It appears that ICE and USCIS were uninterested in the prosecuting obvious marriage fraud, even though the couple did not live together and even though USCIS knew enough not to approve the immigrant petition based on the marriage; but still they did not make the effort to deny the application.
As part of the process, documents show, she and Tarhini attended an August 31, 2004, meeting at Citizenship and Immigration Services in Oklahoma City, where they misrepresented their marriage to immigration officials.

The next year, Tarhini stayed in Oklahoma while Tejada moved to Washington D.C., where she began working as a spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza, court and public records show.

In 2008, five years after he filed his visa application, Tarhini filed a suit against ICE officials to force a decision regarding the application — a strategy commonly employed when visa decisions appear to be taking an inordinate amount of time.
And obviously because of Tejada was a well known Mexican activist.

The next year, Tarhini stayed in Oklahoma while Tejada moved to Washington D.C., where she began working as a spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza, court and public records show.
And an employee of Harry Reid:
In October 2008, Tejada began working for Reid.
One can see that from 2003 to 2010, covering both the Jorge Bush Administration and the Obama Regime, there was little interest in immigration fraud or prosecuting those who assist in immigration fraud. Had Tarhini not been a terrorist, he probably would have skated, as ICE and USCIS were certainly not interested in him until ICE was forced to act by the FBI:
In 2008, sources with knowledge of the case told FoxNews.com, the FBI — working with the Oklahoma City Joint Terrorism Task Force — sent what’s called a collateral request to ICE, asking them to track down Tejada to interview her about Tarhini.
So there we have it, hate America and white people, and be granted immunity from criminal prosecution.

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