Immigration benefit fraud is out of control. So, what do the White House and Congress want to do? Pile on more. Via the Washington Times:
A draft government report shows the agency that would oversee any future guest-worker program doesn’t have a handle on fraud, doesn’t do enough to deter it, and won’t have a fraud-management system in place until 2011 — years after its proponents want a program to start.
A copy of the draft, obtained by The Washington Times, says U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has looked at the prevalence of fraud in just a few of the types of visas it now issues and doesn’t give adjudicators the time or tools to detect fraud or refer it to authorities for prosecution.
The report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that USCIS can’t tell the extent of immigration benefit fraud, but “it is a serious problem.” USCIS is part of the Department of Homeland Security and is in charge of adjudicating immigration benefits such as citizenship and permanent residence.
…The report comes as Congress is debating whether to create a guest-worker program and whether to allow illegal aliens to participate in it. President Bush requested $247 million in his budget this year for USCIS to begin planning for a guest-worker program.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican and one of those who requested the report, wouldn’t talk about specifics until it is released, but he told a Judiciary Committee meeting last week that senators would “be shocked if you learned about the internal fraud and abuse at the Citizenship and Immigration Service.”
Mr. Grassley said from what he’s seen, it’s “unrealistic” to expect USCIS to administer a guest-worker program properly.
That’s what we’ve been trying to tell you:
Bill West/Counterterrorism Blog: Massive Immigration Benefit Fraud a Threat to National Security
Also disgusted with the immigration enforcement failures, former Director of the Office of Security and Investigations at USCIS, Michael Maxwell. He resigned last month, according to Sen. Grassley, “because of his belief that he ‘will not be allowed’ to transform OSI into ‘a capable security and investigative element’ and that he ‘will not be allowed to carry out this charge nor address … national security concerns[.]'”
See also NRO: The Specter of the Specter Bill
[Sen. Arlen] Specter’s proposal would amnesty the 10 million or so illegal aliens who were here before January 4, 2004, and their spouses and children — dwarfing the 1986 amnesty that granted legal status to some 3 million people. Unlike the 1986 measure, the recipients of this amnesty would not automatically be put on a path to citizenship (i.e., would not be given green cards), but would instead remain in the United States for the rest of their lives as non-citizens — a permanent underclass.
What’s more, the Specter bill would establish a program to admit foreign workers into any occupation anywhere in the United States as long as no American was willing to take the job at the offered wage. There is no limit on the number of workers who would be allowed to enter in this fashion, and they would get to bring their families. The term of their visa would be a maximum of six years, after which they would be expected to leave the country for at least one year.
The bargain of swapping amnesty for promises of future enforcement is the same bait-and-switch as in 1986, when amnesty was traded for a first-ever ban on hiring illegal aliens. But the ban was barely enforced, and once all the illegals were legalized it was effectively abandoned by the Clinton administration. Today, it is still ignored. Why should we expect things to be any different this time?
Furthermore, the amnesty and temporary-worker provisions of Specter’s bill are unmanageable. The argument that registering aliens will allow us to track them — and that this in turn is necessary to enforcing our borders — rests on the false premise that they can in fact be tracked. But the bureau within the Department of Homeland Security that would be responsible for screening, vetting, and tracking the guest workers and amnesty candidates is incapable of performing even its current responsibilities, and has a backlog of 4 million applications of various kinds. Only a member of Congress could imagine that such an overwhelmed bureaucracy is ready to successfully process untold millions more.