May 18, 2007, - 1:12 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Aside from the basic absurdities of the Ted Kennedy-George W. Bush Illegal Alien Amnesty agreement reached today, there are these absurdities that I’ve learned from disgusted high-ranking Homeland Security officials in the know (whose alarming, MUST-READ e-mails are posted below):
1) Temporary Worker Program (TWP) aliens will NOT be checked against the most basic databases–so we have no way of knowing who these aliens are (they can give whatever name they want to give and it must be accepted at face value) and whether they are terrorists or criminals. DHS officials at Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) say the TWP applicants will NOT be checked against the TECS (The Enforcement Communication System) or IBIS (InterAgency Border Inspection System) databases (IBIS is part of TECS). Therefore, it is a certainty that many Islamic terrorists and hardened criminals will have a golden ticket into America.
2) Currently, CIS officials are “encouraging” all immigration and citizenship application adjudicators to approve 10 applicants per hour. That means no more than 6 minutes per applicant is spent checking who they are, CURRENTLY. Imagine what will happen under this new Amnesty Bill when over 100,000 people per day must be processed (and their applications are being farmed out to private companies like the one that approved the 9/11 hijackers’ visas, after 9/11). Yup, CIS chief Emilio T. Gonzalez–who is too busy giving himself awards along with Michael Chertoff–is forcing employees to rubber-stamp through citizenship applications.
Think that’ll change when 30 million new applications (when all family members end up here) come into the mix? Think again.
3) All applicants to the TWP and citizenship parts of the bill have at least a 24-hour until their fingerprints and info go online all over the country. That means they have a 24-hour window to apply at multiple CIS offices to get multiple citizenship documents under various names and identities. There is no check on this.
4) Even where backgrounds are checked and/or applicants are caught with terrorist or criminal problems or inconsistencies, ICE(Immigration & Customs Enforcement)–which investigates and enforces against them–turns down 79% of the referrals it gets from CIS, and those people get to become citizens, anyway. Wonderful.
5) The increased border presence and toughness? Don’t hold your breath–this quid for the quo of giving citizenship to millions who don’t deserve it–is really not a quid at all. This bill doesn’t guarantee that, unlike the Mainstream Media’s false reports. All it guarantees is that 6 months or so from now Michael Chertoff promises to give President Bush a plan for what he’ll do 18 months beyond . . . when all of them are out of office and heading for shuffleboard and the Early Bird Special in retirement in Miami or Boca or whereever. OH, and by the way, the “increased border security” in the air will be a scant two drones each for thousands of miles of unmanned territory on our northern and southern borders. What a joke.
6) Don Crocetti, Director of CIS’ Fraud Detection National Security Unit, is responsible for all the national security background checks at CIS, benefit fraud analysis, etc. He was investigated and censured by congress for his role in the Citizenship USA scandal at INS. Guh-reat!
READ THESE E-MAILS from high-ranking DHS officials who want me to get the word out to you that the Great American Sell-out is about to begin. They’ve been sending me these since well before the Club Ted (Kennedy)-Bush America Sell-out on immigration was reached:
The Treasury Enforcement Communication System/Integrated Border Inspection System (TECS/IBIS). TECS/IBIS contains historical and enforcement data on travelers, and provides a gateway to other sources of data. These other sources include the Terrorist
Screening Database (TSDB), FBI criminal history and National Crime Information Center (NCIC, outstanding wants/warrants, vehicle and driver’s license-related data contained in National Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (NLETS), and Department of State alien records, lookouts, and status indicators.
In order to expedite processing applicants of the TWP, USCIS will not use IBIS or TECS because the temporary processing stations will not have connectivity to the databases. USCIS plans to process 100,000 TWP applicants per day during TWP.
USCIS will not conduct an INTERAGENCY BORDER INSPECTION SYSTEM (IBIS) CHECKS on applicants as part of the TWP. This will increase the number of applicants processed each day (and decrease our safety).
CIS will NOT use IBIS/TECS Background Checks during the process of applicants at the Temporary ASC locations [DS: ASCs are Application Support Centers, where they will process Temporary Worker applicants]. CIS plans to open 100 Temporary ASC locations WITHOUT connectivity to IBIS/TECS.
Will Congress be interested to hear the news that they are funding a part of the Guest Worker Program that DOES NOT CHECK BACKGROUNDS OF ALIENS????!!!!
ICE, CIS, Immigrations, Broken Borders, and Why We Can’t Catch Them
The Citizenship Immigration Service (CIS) is currently churning out
approvals of aliens as fast as they can get them. Adjudicators are told “verbally” that they must process at least 10 approvals an hour to be successful. Officially everyone is told “there is no quota”, but reality is the real issue. The real crux of this problem is that each adjudicator has 6 minutes or less to determine each filing, which entails looking it up in Claims database, a quick scan for criminal records and criminal history, a quick scan whether the petitioner exists, whether the beneficiary exists, and an eyeball of the original documents for completeness. If fraud is not blatant or apparent then it is stamped approved and off it goes to have notices sent out and filing.
Some of the really good adjudicators can do 20 cases an hour and that
doesn’t include coffee breaks or lunch. Of course the head of CIS
Emilio Gonzalez, stated to Congress that there is no quota.
Referrals are made to one of the fraud units (FDU) when the fraud is so blatant that it cannot be easily ignored, or it came across the desk of an employee who actually tries to do their job, in spite of the penalties that occur when a case (Petition or benefit) is referred to the fraud unit.
Don’t be confused, but there are several fraud units all located at
basically the same service centers, and it is not clear exactly which
unit does what. A memorandum of understanding is pending to determine exactly what cases go to the Fraud Detection Unit (FDU) at the Service Center, or the Background Check Unit (BCU), or the Center Fraud Unit (CFU), or the Fraud Detection National Security (FDNS) entity.
The Washington controlled FDNS is located at each main service center. Each service center runs a CFU and now has a BCU, whereas the former FDU has had its personnel shifted to FDNS and to CFU and to BCU.
The CFU, BCU, or FDNS can send cases to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for investigation. ICE is floundering for reasons of personnel, lack of leadership, lack of guidance, lack of ability, lack of resources, and lack of morale. ICE is the only authorized agency that CIS entities can refer investigative cases to. Don Crocetti, head of FDNS, has FDNS personnel collecting data on all the cases referred to ICE, to include how long it takes ICE to open a case, how many forwarded investigations that ICE rejects, and how long ICE takes on an investigation. ICE is rejecting about 79% of all forwarded immigration fraud cases. These rejected cases are then handled administratively. A senior FDNS intelligence research specialist stated “if there aren’t 300+ petitions & beneficiaries involved in the fraud case, then ICE will not work it, and it will take ICE between 6 months to a year to tell us (FDNS) that they reject it.”
During this process, once the decision is made to handle the petitions
“administratively” a notice is usually sent out, an “intent to deny”
notice. This is not so great an idea, so even though fraud was found
(but we can’t say that) and ICE won’t investigate it further because it won’t be a name grabber in the press, we send out a notice to the
petitioner, lawyer, and beneficiary, to the address that is many times
itself, fraudulent. We give them 30 days to reply. Even if they were at the address, does anyone think for a common sense moment, that an
illegal (EWI – entry without inspection) attempting to obtain status is going to depart, just because he/she has been told to, when they are already here illegally?
ICE will not be looking for them, because Ice has already declined to
investigate. FDNS will process and send it back to the adjudicator, who will issue a notice and later the petition gets stamped denied. Oh how fearful.
How much fraud and where? FDNS has conducted benefit fraud assessments (BFA) since CIS’s last testimony in Congress. Congress asked the question, “How much fraud?” CIS leaders did not know how much and even with the current system, not all cases/petitions are examined, merely a random sampling. The average types of employment petitions have a standard fraud rate of about 25%. This means that nearly 1 out of every 4 employment petitions are fraudulent, and it means that a large part of them are approved, allowing beneficiaries involved in fraud to receive benefits and status in the USA.
But that’s not all…Religious worker fraud is probably the worst. In an ongoing BFA on religious workers the overall assessment found around 36% fraud of petitions from all religious workers (Methodists, Catholics, Buddhists, etc, etc). Even worse is the breakdown of percentages by religious group (which CIS was told specifically by leadership NOT to address). Islamic religious groups’ average fraud reached 77-78%. This will not be released since it, as explained in Apr 2007 telephonic conference, “lends itself to be misconstrued, and in itself may not be politically correct.”
Moral issues, morale issues, and “war on terror” issues, or even plain
honesty are not even a thought or consideration to CIS leadership as
they examine facts, figures, and realities, and mold them to say what
they want to, even to the US Congress. Somewhat like the CIS informal report about ICE and the fraud rejection rate that is in preparation and will be dropped on DHS leaders soon. And ICE thought they were in sad shape now.
But that is not all, remember FDNS, Fraud Detection and National
Security which translates to terrorism cases. FDNS is prohibited from
working with FBI or JTTFs until/unless ICE allows it (MOU). A number of interesting individuals are allowed to go on about their way, since FBI does not share why they want certain individuals paperwork held, and CIS doesn’t care unless they are given a reason. Once again lack of coordination between federal agencies has created yet another mass method for terrorists to easily enter and operate in the US, completely unknown.
A local FDNS supervisor has stated “we don’t work national security
issues. We will only work fraud.” FDNS headquarters is still “in
formation” for its national security unit. It received a lot of
government money to conduct this mission, which still remains unrealized at every level.
When Michael Maxwell, former Director of Security at CIS testified before Congress, he spoke about the 6 minute rule and the failure of ICE to investigate and Don Crocetti–Director of CIS’ Fraud Detection National Security Unit–keeping statistics on ICE investigations. At the time, the failure rate of ICE to investigate referrals was about 70-72%. So it has increased (to 79% refusal to investigate immigration fraud)! Thanks, Julie Myers. Neither agency has changed–they’ve gotten worse. And with Amnesty, the nadir we thought was the nadir will sink even lower.
Welcome to the GREAT AMERICAN SELL-OUT. Say Buh-Bye to America as you know it. And Buh-Bye to the “9/11 President.” With this legislation, President George W. Bush shows us he’s every bit 9/10 as the ACLU. And a lot more naive.
The Great American Abyss just got more Abyss-ant. To our detriment and ultimate destruction.
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