Does U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Victims Unit (ICE SVU), once known as ICE Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI), have no shame? Certainly not. With 20 million illegal aliens inside the United States with most of those engaged in some sort of identity document fraud, identity related tax fraud and other fraud directed against the Social Security Administration with fraudulent Social Security numbers, what does ICE SVU do? They investigate Americans for disability fraud.
CNN By Ray Sanchez. Susan Candiotti and Lorenzo Ferrigno January 7, 2014
New York (CNN) -- Though the former New York City police officers and firefighters were supposed to be fully disabled -- some suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after the 9/11 terrorist attacks -- images in court documents released Tuesday painted a starkly different picture.
One man smiled behind shades and flipped the bird aboard a Sea-Doo personal watercraft. Another sat at the controls of a helicopter. A mixed martial arts instructor posed with arms crossed. They're seen riding motorcycles, hauling in massive sailfish, slugging softballs for the "NYPD Blues," taking jump shots, running half marathons and golfing, and even giving television news interviews while selling cannoli at Manhattan's famed San Genaro festival.
They are among the more than 100 retired New York City police and firefighters indicted in a massive Social Security disability scam involving hundreds of millions of dollars, authorities said. More than half the recipients received funds for fraudulent claims for PTSD in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center.
And who was investigating a crime unrelated to immigration or customs laws? ICE SVU:
"We will chase down every penny that these dishonorable thieves fraudulently pilfered so that the truly heroic firefighters, police officers, medics, and civilians who actually risked their lives on September 11, 2001, and are now suffering because of it, can get the care that they critically need," said James T. Hayes, Jr., special agent-in-charge of Homeland Security Investigations New York.
There is no reason for ICE SVU to be involved in the investigation of fraud in the programs administered by the Social Security Administration, unless that fraud, and there is massive amounts of it, involve aliens. And aliens are involved in massive fraud in Social Security system, from use of fraudulent Social Security Numbers in identity theft and tax fraud, to use and trafficking in fraudulent Social Security documents. There is plenty of work for ICE SVU to do involving aliens, legal and illegal in Social Security fraud, and there is even more work for ICE SVU. In fact ICE SVU arrests of illegal aliens has dropped from 39,392 in 2008 to 5,441. A massive decline that shows ICE SVU is not only refusing to execute it duties, but openly obstructing the enforcement of immigration laws.
In fact, there is a Federal law enforcement agency specifically tasked with investigation fraud in the Social Security system, and specifically disability fraud. That is the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General (SSA OIG). Why is ICE SVU poaching on SSA OIG jurisdiction? There is more than enough work for ICE SVU arresting illegal aliens.
The answer is that ICE SVU does not want to do its job. It has waged open warfare on other law enforcement agencies for years, among them seeking to supplant the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency as it seeks to avoid enforcing immigration laws. The real question is why is John Boehner allowing this to happen?