It`s Official! Legal Immigration Is A Bigger Problem Than Illegal Immigration!

Earlier this year while traveling through

Ohio
, I met Marlena, a young

Russian
woman who entered the U.S. on a temporary

H-2B visa
to work as a summer waitress at a swanky

Shaker Heights
country club.

After a couple of years, and having maxed out on her
allowable H-2B visa extensions, Marlena

changed status
to a

M-1 student visa
so that she could study

English as a second language
at a local community college.

In the meantime, Marlena found a better, full time job at a
restaurant specializing in

Eastern European cuisine
.

She`s paid

cash under the table
. And the sympathetic patrons tip her
well.

Marlena supplements her restaurant income with another cash
job by providing home care for a

well-to-do elderly woman.
For her services, Marlena receives
$1,500 monthly as well as free room and board plus the unlimited
use of the bedridden woman`s car.

I estimate Marlena`s full compensation package has a net
value at a minimum of $5,000 monthly.

During one of our conversations, Marlena told me that she had
“no intention under any circumstances” to return to

Russia
.

Instead, Marlena is

focusing her energy
on finding a suitable U.S.-born male to
marry so she can avoid the

very slight risk
she may run of being deported once she
exhausts her visa options.

“I will marry the first reasonable man who proposes,”
Marlena told me.

For the purposes of my column, we`ll set aside the possible
criminal penalties for the

multiple IRS infractions
committed by Marlena and

her employers
.

We won`t dwell on how Marlena took three jobs away
from

Americans
that they

would be happy to do
.

Instead we`ll focus on the immigration aspect of Marlena`s
case—starting with how absurd it is to issue a student visa to

study ESL
to someone who speaks perfect English. (Marlena,
by the way, attends class just often enough to stay in
compliance with the terms of her visa.)

For all those readers out there (Lou
Dobbs
most prominently) who say: “I`m opposed to illegal
immigration but fully support
legal immigration
,”
I urge you to study Marlena`s
history closely.

Everything Marlena has done and plans to do to stay in the
U.S. is perfectly legal.

You may think that Marlena`s plotting and conniving is
unusual.

But it`s not. In fact, Marlena`s maneuvering is what we who
follow the flawed non-immigrant visa system find typical.

Two years ago,

I wrote about Gloria
, a woman in her early 20s from the

Philippines
who came legally to the U.S. on a tourist visa,
then found an employer to sponsor her

H-1B
visa application.

Gloria spent thousands of dollars on

immigration lawyers
to wiggle around the visa regulations.
Once Gloria`s money was gone and with no other options open to
her, she simply overstayed her visa when it expired.

For further proof that legal immigration is far from
hunky-dory, read David Seminara`s

Center for Immigration Studies
backgrounder:

“No Coyote Needed: U.S. Visas Still an Easy Ticket in Developing
Countries”
.

Seminara, a U.S. Foreign Service tenured member from
2002-2007, offers his inside view of the disaster that is U.S.
visa policy.

Think of Marlena and Gloria multiplied by a factor of several
million people.

Boiled down, Seminara`s report amounts to this: every visa
issued potentially and most likely represents a permanent U. S.
resident, either through the creativity of the Marlenas or the
resolve of determined law-breakers like the Glorias.

If you want to come to America, all you have to do is

file a petition
. And if you want to stay in America, just
don`t go home!

Seminara told me that over the last decade more than
5,000,000 non-immigrant visas have been issued to people who
adjust their status after arriving in America and remain in the
country indefinitely—probably for the rest of their lives.

[VDARE.COM note: You can
see an Excel Spreadsheet of the figures here: Persons
Obtaining Legal Permanent Resident Status By Type And Major
Class Of Admission: Fiscal Years 1998 To 2007
(.xls
file
).]

As Marlena and Gloria`s cases prove, once a foreigner reaches
U.S. shores, he`s here to stay.

Alarmingly, not all visa holders come from countries that
look as kindly upon America as Russia and the Philippines.

Seminara`s research found that 2007 visa issuance rates for
countries like China,

Iran
,

Kenya
,

Pakistan
and

Syria
—to name but a few—are well over 50 percent (of those
who apply.)

For

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
, the issuance rates reached highs of
94 and 96 percent.

To stem the flow of seemingly-innocent tourists, many of whom
in reality are bent on getting permanent U.S. residency,
Seminara urges eliminating

status adjustment
.

I propose another two-step idea.

  • Stop issuing new categories of
    visas—since immediately upon their creation, they are
    exploited.

  • Eliminate existing visas that have
    long histories of or the potential for rampant fraud.

The U.S. is under no obligation to provide

dozens of different visas
for every conceivable circumstance
to prospective immigrants from all corners of the world.

And we don`t have to explain why we`re no longer making
certain visas available. That decision would fall under the
category of “we used to do it—but now we don`t.”

Here are a few visas that no one stateside will miss when
they are gone

And remember—should these visas go away, the added bonus is
that the family members who inevitably follow behind the
original visa recipient will stay behind.

Here`s my list; it could easily be longer.



  • K-1
    , the fiancée visa
    .

Sorry, the jig is up on this one.  I`ve been exposing K-1
fraud

since 2002
. In the intervening years,

Internet scamming
has grown to previously unimaginable
levels.

The only people who benefit from the K-1 visa: the
“fiancée”
who gets on the path to U.S. citizenship, her
extended family, Internet matchmakers,

immigration lawyers
who push the papers through and (maybe)
the loving husband— unless she dumps him first. 

You say you can`t find your dream girl? Try harder. According
to the U.S. Census,

50 million single women
are out there.

Or go to Shaker Heights to find Marlena. She`s cute and eager
to hook up with you.

This visa is a bad joke. Anyone who is a “minister
and has been a member of a religious denomination for a minimum
of two years can qualify.

No matter what religion claims to need church workers,
translators, preachers or personnel to function in any other “religious
capacity
“—a requirement of the loosely-written R guidelines—
can recruit them from the next town or the adjacent state.  

Three years ago in my hometown of Lodi, CA, we had

two untoward R visa Imams
who were at the center of a FBI
terrorist investigation. They`re back in Pakistan now—from
whence they should never have come.



  • O-1 visa
    , the
    so-called “extraordinary ability” visa designed for artists,
    scientists, and performers.

Another unfunny joke—which

Rob Sanchez
wrote about when he introduced readers to

Dorsimar
, whose “extraordinary ability” was to remove
her clothes for money.

You say you`re a legitimate talent? God bless you, then.
We`ll catch your act over there—wherever that is—or
buy your DVDs.

  • The


    T visa
    and its sister,
    the U visa.

T is for trafficking and U is for

abused women living in “immigrant homes
who
may one day testify against the traffickers who got them into
the country.

The fraud potential in these two visas is unlimited. But what
should keep the unscrupulous from going for the T visa since, as

Thomas Allen
wrote in

his 2004 column
:

“For the lucky recipients, T
visas are a wonderful deal. According to the DOJ, T-visa holders
are eligible for all forms of public assistance (cash, housing,
medical care, etc.) as well as job training, federal Office of
Refugee Resettlement micro loans, and Federal match grant
goodies—which can include

cars
—and an uncountable host of

federal grants.

The U visa is equally rewarding. In her

column last year
,

Brenda Walker
chronicled the riches that await those savvy
enough to play the visa system for all that its worth.

I could name several other visas that should go out the
window—Marlena`s M-1 is one.

But I`m sure you get my point.

Just remember: CIS`s Seminara and I are talking about
legal immigration
.  No one in his right mind could support
the blatant rip-off of American generosity that Congress
misguidedly continues to offer to the world.

Here`s a closing note I know will interest you. I asked
Seminara if his remarkable study generated any media inquiries.

Seminara said that he appeared on several conservative

talk radio programs
. But the

New York Times
, the

Wall Street Journal
and other MainStream Media
heavyweights have yet to call.

However, CNN Tonight—hosted by Lou Dobbs— taped a
30-minute segment.

Seminara told me that he was disappointed that

his appearance
was edited down to a snippet of only few
seconds, which included the extraneous subject of passport
outsourcing.

With visa fraud raging, legal immigration has emerged as a
bigger peril to American sovereignty than illegal immigration.

The latter has

strong laws
in place to correct it. And a

strong grassroots rebellion
has scored several

major victories
against the alien invasion in the last
several years.

But our challenge with legal immigration is that Congress,
more or less under the radar, keeps making it easier.

We need to mount an equally vigorous defense against

mass legal immigration.
 We need to achieve the same success
that we have in our opposition to illegal immigration.

Joe Guzzardi [e-mail
him] is the Editor of VDARE.COM Letters to the Editor.
In addition, he is an English teacher at the Lodi Adult School and has
been writing
a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive
to
VDARE.COM.