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.
cash under the table. And the sympathetic patrons tip her
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
“I will marry the first reasonable man who proposes,”
Marlena told me.
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.)
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
But it`s not. In fact, Marlena`s maneuvering is what we who
follow the flawed non-immigrant visa system find typical.
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
Seminara, a U.S. Foreign Service tenured member from
2002-2007, offers his inside view of the disaster that is U.S.
Think of Marlena and Gloria multiplied by a factor of several
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
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.
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
I propose another two-step idea.
- Stop issuing new categories of
visas—since immediately upon their creation, they are
- 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.
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.
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.
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
“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
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.
However, CNN Tonight—hosted by Lou Dobbs— taped a
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
With visa fraud raging, legal immigration has emerged as a
bigger peril to American sovereignty than illegal immigration.
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
a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive