Wednesday, January 4, 2012

USCIS Management Leading The Way On Immigration Fraud

In an stunning expose, at least to the public, insiders have always known this, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency charged with approving petitions for alien relatives and for registration or adjustment to legal permanent residence, not, though, immigrant visa applications, those are reviewed and adjudicated by the Department of State, has been exposed as on a campaign of assisting and abetting immigration fraud. The Cuban national who heads USCIS, Alejandro Mayorkas, has been the chief culprit, devising and cheer leading a "Get to Yes" campaign of intimidation of USCIS employees who dare apply the law to applications and who dare to find fraud.








The Daily January 3, 2011 Sarah Ryley








Probe Reveals Feds Pressuring Agents To Rush Immigrant Visas – Even If Fraud Is Feared




Higher-ups within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are pressuring rank-and-file officers to rubber-stamp immigrants’ visa applications, sometimes against the officers’ will, according to a Homeland Security report and internal documents exclusively obtained by The Daily.




A 40-page report, drafted by the Office of Inspector General in September but not publicly released, details the immense pressure immigration service officers are under to approve visa applications quickly, sometimes while overlooking concerns about fraud, eligibility or security.




One-quarter of the 254 officers surveyed said they have been pressured to approve questionable cases, sometimes “against their will.”




The report does not call out any particular officials and indicates that the agency has had a problem with valuing quantity over quality since at least the 1980s.




But high-ranking USCIS officials said the pressure has heightened after the Obama administration appointed Alejandro Mayorkas as director in August 2009 during an effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform, bringing with him a mantra of “get to yes.”


The problem is not new to the Obama Regime, it goes back decades, detailing an agency bias to ignoring fraud and the legal standards to award legal permanent residence. It is though reflected in the push for the Administrative Amnesty at all levels of immigration enforcement. What is not mentioned is that there is no authority to ignore the legal standards for obtaining legal permanent residence, a longstanding problem, where management at all levels of the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service always claimed that they had the "discretion" to ignore the law when it suited them. Usually when there was political pressure, but also when low level managers wanted to end backlogs or obtain bonuses for "performance." There was the just the lazyness factor as well. It is alot more work to deny a benefit than to approve it. Always a factor. The path of least resistance is as true for bureaucrats as well as electricity.

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