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Diversity Is Strength! It's Also…A Really Weird Visa Program That's Nuts No Matter How You Look It
The Diversity Visa is Exhibit A proving that there is
neither rhyme nor reason to federal immigration policy,
far as benefiting the American people. Nothing says
a drawing. After all,
Of course, there is some skills-based immigration permitted (13 percent in FY 2006). And Bill Gates wants unlimited H-1b visas to keep Microsoft humming along. Still, the majority of legal immigrants get here based on family connections—a system that doesn't do much for the average education of the current immigrant crop.
But optimistic foreigners who hope to get lucky and win a freebie pathway to citizenship can sign up online for the Diversity Visa, in the new, modernized raffle. The contest remains a popular one, with 9.1 million entries received last year for the DV-2009 season.
Unfortunately for us Americans, however, problems of fraud, abuse and terrorism have been associated with the program throughout its history. It could hardly be otherwise, given the goal of importing some of the most diverse and dangerous people on earth.
Would it be too much to ask that immigration visa programs not increase the likelihood of admitting terrorists? In 2007, the GAO published a report titled Fraud Risks Complicate State's Ability to Manage Diversity Visa Program.
From page 4 of that document:
"Although none of the officials at State headquarters in Washington or the consular officers at the 11 posts we reviewed considered the DV program to be specifically targeted by terrorists, a few said that difficulties in verifying visa applicants' identity could have security implications."
"Nearly 10,000 people from countries designated as
sponsors of terrorism have entered the
"The report by the
"But four years later, the program remains open to people from those nations and little is known about what becomes of them once they enter the United States, the GAO said." [Border Security: Fraud Risks Complicate State's Ability to Manage Diversity Visa Program, PDF ]
Under the Bush Administration's optimistic worldview, the State Department's list of State Sponsors of Terrorism has shrunk from six to a mere four. The remaining exclusive club: Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria. (Good work, Condi, for whipping North Korea and Libya into shape!)
You might think a stern wake-up call from the GAO might prompt a modest readjustment in the program.
Not so. Nothing has changed. The visa drawing recently completed includes slots for fortunate individuals from the four remaining State Sponsors of Terror.
Well, surely interviewers will ask really tough
questions of visa
winners before they are unleashed into
Just imagining here...
State Dept. employee: "Are you a terrorist?"
New Diversity Visa recipient: "No."
State Dept. employee:
"Well, you're good to go then. Welcome to
If there's one country on earth that has acted most
America's enemy, Iran would be it—most recently
supplying training and supplies for the Shiite
insurgency against the US efforts at nation-building in
Iraq. American soldiers have certainly died as a result
of Iranian policies toward
Nevertheless, due to the generosity of the State Department, between 2000 and 2006 a total of 3,164 Iranians were granted residency visas via the Diversity program.
For DV-2009, an additional
1,689 Iranians will receive permission to immigrate
All will be able to sponsor in relatives and begin new chain immigration.
What a country!—ours, that is.
In 2000, the
Census counted 19,790 Sudan-born persons residing in
Why must we have any at all? There is no up side to welcoming dangerous, hostile Sudanese for the American people. Of course, not every Sudanese is bent on murderous jihad, but why take a chance? But the diversity-importation machine trundles along, with no easy way to stop it.
"Statistics make it clear that Cubans now believe that
although it is considerably longer, the route through
"By comparison, the Coast Guard intercepted 2,861 Cubans crossing the
Florida Straits in fiscal 2007, and 4,825 others eluded
U.S. authorities, reached U.S. soil and applied for
residency, according to the Coast Guard."
immigrants take new route to U.S., by Marc
Lacey, San Diego Union-Tribune,
But despite no shortage of Cubans in south
Who says there's no Santa Claus? It's just that he lives in Foggy Bottom—not the North Pole.
But potential terrorism is just one variety of diversity being delivered up to US neighborhoods by the State Department. Those Americans who admire the literary style of Nigerian spam-scammers may have closer contact: The DV-2009 crop includes 6,041 persons from that charming country (there are precise numbers available for).
But potential terrorism is just one variety of "Diversity" being delivered up to US neighborhoods by the State Department. Those Americans who admire the literary style of Nigerian spam-scammers may have closer contact: The DV-2009 2009 crop includes 6,041 persons from that charming country.
In addition, there are plenty of other rough
neighborhoods out there on the diverse planet.
How the Somalis avoided the terror bad-boys list is really curious. Perhaps State figured that the anarchy-ridden region was too disorganized to support anything.
But if so, State was WRONG. The clan-warlord structure apparently has its own genius for mischief, as shown by the present pirate situation in which 14 ships and around 250 crewmen are being held by Somalis.
Interestingly, Somalis get to double dip. They are represented not only as Diversities (256 in DV-2009), but also as refugees,—83,991 in 25 years as toted up by Refugee Resettlement Watch.
All of which leads to the obvious question: How much diversity is enough? Are we there yet?
Likewise troubling is why
The government attempts to weed out individual criminals and deport them when they are discovered. (Albeit slowly as in the case of Ethiopian torturer Kelbessa Negewo who was finally repatriated in 2006.
In 2002, US authorities sought to prevent the entrance of FGM-practicing Somalis with the argument that the cruel custom was illegal. Unfortunately, the effort failed after the State Department backed down—a pity since it would have been a fine precedent against societally sanctioned atrocities which our culture finds appalling.
From a practical viewpoint:
Our increasingly crowded planet is beset with wars and smaller conflicts based on just those differences we are urged to "celebrate"— religion, ethnicity and culture.
Diversity utopians believe that if we Americans became better acquainted with every culture under the sun, then we would become more tolerant and great peace of kumbaya would prevail.
Diversity is best served with geography. As in, at a distance.