It`s STILL The Immigration Benefit Fraud, Stupid!

by Juan Mann:

03/20/02 – IT`S THE FRAUD, STUPID!

Think the Mexican border in Arizona
is insecure? Think again. The leaky

southwest border
is a drop in the bucket compared to
the massive potential for

immigration benefit fraud
inside the Citizenship and
Immigration Services [USCIS
or CIS] division of the Department of Homeland Security

No coherent system is in place for
investigating and apprehending aliens who file
fraudulent immigration applications (including


immigrant petitions
and adjustments of status from

visas). The floodgates of benefit
fraud are waiting to be opened wide should the Bush

“willing worker—willing employer”
program ever become law.

Considering the wholesale fraud of

1986 amnesty disaster
and the government`s
unwillingness to even measure the level of fraud in more

amnesty give-away programs
, the damage would be
incalculable if America ever subjects itself to another
immigration benefit free-for-all.

Moslem jihadists
need only take a number along with
the millions of potential

“willing workers”
out there.

But why such doom and gloom?

Don`t blame me. Just ask the newly
reinvented Government Accountability Office (GAO),
formerly the General Accounting Office (also

In its two most recent reports
dealing with immigration benefit fraud, the GAO found
that the massive potential for fraud at USCIS was the
same, or even worse, after the recent post-9/11
bureaucratic reshuffling.

As of

January 2003
, the alien-friendly district
adjudications offices, asylum offices and regional
service centers of the Immigration and Naturalization
Service (INS) were consolidated into their very own
agency (USCIS) within the Homeland Security department.

But in the two reports, from
January 2002 and October 2004—i.e. before and after the
DHS transition—the GAO found that as far as

immigration benefit fraud
goes, it was

business as usual
in the federal immigration

Here`s the proof. First from the
GAO`s January 2002 report—“Immigration Benefit
Fraud: Focused Approach Is Needed to Address Problems,”

Report # AO-02-66 [PDF]:

  • “Although the extent of the
    benefit fraud problem is unknown, internal and
    external reports and views of INS officials indicate
    that the problem is pervasive and significant.

    (Pg. 14)

  • “INS`s efforts to contain
    immigration benefit fraud are fragmented and
    (Pg. 17)

  • “INS is now only attempting
    to quantify the scope and extent of the immigration
    benefit fraud problem.”
    (Pg. 16)

  • “Further, INS has not
    established guidance for opening immigration benefit
    fraud investigations or for prioritizing

    investigative leads
    (Pg. 17)

  • “INS is hampered in
    establishing meaningful goals for benefit fraud in
    that it does not know the extent of the problem. . . .
    Institutionally, INS has not done much to combat this
    significant problem, which threatens the integrity of

    legal immigration
    system because it results in
    INS`s granting valuable benefits to

    ineligible aliens
    (Pg. 33)

And in a clear case of deja vu,
here`s what the GAO reported again in October
2004—after the

DHS bureaucracy
was created—“Homeland
Security: Management Challenges Remain in Transforming
Immigration Programs,”
# GAO-05-81

“At the
time of our site visits, how ICE [Immigration
and Customs Enforcement
] and CIS should communicate
and coordinate with each other in cases of suspected
benefit fraud has not been formally defined by either
CIS or ICE headquarters, and the field officials we
contacted said that this has caused disagreement among
CIS and ICE field officials.

difficulty between CIS and ICE investigations regarding
benefit fraud is not new. We have noted in a past report
that INS had numerous problems related to its
enforcement of benefit fraud, including a lack of
protocols for adjudicators and others in coordinating
benefit fraud and a lack of criteria for investigators
in prioritizing benefit fraud cases.

to the transition, INS had begun to place a priority on
investigating benefit fraud perpetrated by large-scale
organizations or persons of special interest, and this
priority has continued under ICE. As a result, some CIS
field officials told us that ICE would not pursue single
cases of benefit fraud. ICE field officials who spoke on
this issue cited a lack of investigative resources as to
why they could not respond in the manner CIS wanted.

(Pg. 17)

CIS manager and one ICE manager in the field indicated
that while dismantling large-scale smuggling rings is
important, single cases of benefit fraud can have
national security implications. For example, a person
who is allowed to remain in the country as a result of
committing marriage fraud can become a naturalized
citizen in 3 years and facilitate the entry of other
persons into the United States who could possibly pose
security risks.
(Pg. 18)

Bravo, unnamed “CIS manager”!
At least someone in government realizes that immigration
benefit fraud and

go together.

Does anyone out there remember

Huffman Aviation International
in Venice, Florida,
and their two most notorious

“willing students"?

Considering the deplorable state of

immigration fraud
detection at the INS—and now at
CIS—it`s painfully obvious that if garden-variety good
illegal aliens on the street can file a phony
immigration application,

illegal aliens can file one too.

Let`s hope DHS and Congress grasp
this concept sometime soon . . . before it`s too late.

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