Ask An Amnesty Advocate: How Much Fraud Last Time?

Before the U.S. Congress rushes
headlong into another

massive amnesty
for millions of illegal
aliens—whether overtly or

by stealth
—how about finding out once and for all
the extent of amnesty application fraud the last time
America attempted such foolishness?

Amazingly, despite actual
criminal convictions, investigations, and
widespread knowledge inside government of massive
amnesty fraud, there has been no comprehensive report or
study on the subject.

It`s not as if amnesty is a trivial

Three million illegal aliens
applied for
legalization under the twin amnesty programs in the

1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act
according to a report by the former Immigration and
Naturalization Service`s statistics division. Nine out
of ten applicants were granted

Lawful Permanent Resident
 (LPR) status.

That`s 2.7 million illegal aliens
miraculously transformed by amnesty into Lawful
Permanent Residents. And this, of course, does not take
into account the subsequent chain effect of their
immigration petitions for relatives (spouses, parents,
siblings and children). By 2001, one third of the
primary amnesty winners under IRCA—that is,
approximately 900,000 people—had become U.S. citizens,
according to the report. [IRCA
Legalization Effects: Lawful Permanent Residence and
Naturalization through 2001
, Nancy Rytina, Office of
Policy and Planning Statistics Division]

They thus became

fully eligible

import relatives
, and they are doing just that. The
true impact of the IRCA amnesty is only beginning to be

Yet the open secret behind the IRCA
amnesty is the unspoken f-word: FRAUD!

Veteran immigration enthusiast
Lawrence H. Fuchs conceded as much as early as 1996,
while reviewing four immigration reform books, including
Peter Brimelow`s

Alien Nation
in the International Migration

was a

considerable amount of fraud
in the Special
Agriculture Worker
[SAW] legalization program in IRCA, passed in

1993, it had become clear that the legalization of IRCA
immigrants had opened a channel that led to numbers
larger than most had anticipated. It also became clear
that there had been a considerable amount of fraud in
the system, particularly with regard to the special
agricultural worker legalization program. By 1989, the
INS had placed 390,000 SAW applications on hold became
of suspected fraud and had arrested about 750 people for

phony labor documents
for up to $2,000 in central
Texas and $1,500 to $3,000 in California.
Migration Review
Summer 1996 v30 n2 p591(10)]

did not, of course, stop Fuchs from angrily denouncing
the books).

The fraud iceberg`s tip can be
glimpsed in these two more recent reports:

  • Department of Justice Office of the Inspector
    General (OIG) examining the Immigration and
    Naturalization Service`s (INS) "Citizenship USA" (CUSA)
    initiative of fiscal year 1996. (Report dated July 31,
    2000)  Excerpts addressing the problem of
    widespread fraud in the Special Agricultural Worker
    (SAW) amnesty program under IRCA 1986 are
    posted on

The OIG report revealed massive
fraud in the 1986 agricultural amnesty:

found that there was consensus within INS that `SAW
fraud`—or fraud in adjusting status under the SAW
provisions of IRCA—had been prevalent. As
Administration] Commissioner [Doris] Meissner
told the OIG, the perception that the SAW program was
rife with fraud was `the commonly held view at the
institution.` Although some Headquarters officials told
the OIG that no empirical studies formally established
the extent of such fraud, they acknowledged that the
Field believed it had been widespread.

III (D)(4)(a)(2)

And it gets worse. Lying and
cheating paid off.

“According to an e-mail message summarizing the topics
of discussion, Headquarters officials meeting on
December 1, 1995, noted that 1.2 million SAW applicants
had become eligible for naturalization that day, "with
70% fraudulent applications anticipated [sic]." Although
the extent of fraud in the SAW program was not
documented, by September 1995 INS had conducted at least
one large-scale investigation into organized efforts to
sell fraudulent SAW documents. In addition to
identifying suspects who were later convicted of federal
crimes, that operation identified approximately 22,000
adjustment of status cases that were connected in some
way to the persons convicted . . .”

And the federal government`s
inaction means fraudulent United States citizens. The
OIG commented:

“Despite knowledge of these cases at the highest level
of INS, despite knowledge that many of these individuals
had become or would soon become eligible to apply for
naturalization, and despite Headquarters` commitment to
Congress in November 1995 that it would appropriately
investigate cases in which SAW fraud was suspected, INS
did not take timely action to ensure that applicants
suspected of SAW fraud did not naturalize during CUSA
[VDARE.COM note: CUSA is the

Citizenship USA

used by Clinton-Gore to

subvert the 1996 election.

Section III (D)(4)(c)

The fact that the federal
immigration bureaucracy preferred to remain blissfully
ignorant about

massive document fraud
in the 1986 amnesty is highly
significant. It gives savvy readers an idea of
how the amnesty game is really played.

Here`s the scenario: The government
calls for an illegal alien amnesty. Federal employees in
the field suspect massive fraud in the deluge of
applications. Bureaucratic inertia enforced by
management buries the

. The government gives out the

“green cards”

Five years pass, and the same
suspected liars and cheaters apply for U.S. citizenship.
The government says they`ll investigate the fraud this
second time around…but never get to it.

The unspoken policy of amnesty
fraud—and all immigration fraud for that matter—remains:
“don`t ask, don`t tell.”

Americans are entitled to know the
truth about 1986 amnesty scams. Just how many illegal
aliens did break the law and cheat their way to Lawful
Permanent Resident status—and

U.S. citizenship?

We had better find out the truth
soon—before Congress gives away the store again to a
whole new crop of millions of illegal aliens.

Unless our

learn the lessons of amnesty fraud, we
will be doomed to repeat this sinister chapter of our
immigration history.

Juan Mann [send him
] is a lawyer and the proprietor of