T Visas—The Refugee Industry`s Latest Racket
Hey immigration enthusiasts! Having
a problem making our current asylum statutes work for
Chinese women claiming to flee the communists`
Simple! Have Congress pass a law
declaring these women to be a "political group"—one
of the 5 authorized
Then you`re nine-tenths of the way
to a free pass to America!
Basically, a "refugee" or an
"asylum seeker" now means anyone that Congress applies
the label to.
All illegal alien women under the
age of 18 working as prostitutes are presumptive
"trafficking" victims—they`ve been
imported by their pimps. When discovered, they are
not to be sent home (why not?) but automatically receive
a T visa and can stay in the U.S. with no strings
Adults can receive a T visa if they
can be shown to be a victim of trafficking and if they
"willing" to cooperate with law enforcement
is "trafficking"? And how does one sign up to
into the U.S.?
Otherwise, it doesn`t take much to
establish trafficking victim status. According to the
DOJ, the law can
recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or
obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the
use of force, fraud, or coercion, in order to
subject that person to involuntary servitude, peonage,
debt bondage, or slavery". [My emphasis.]
Which means, among other things,
that basically all those domestic servants that the
Third World elites like to travel with are eligible
for T visas.
Any illegal alien caught in a tractor trailer in
Arizona is a candidate for a T-visa-if he can show that
he was bound for a job with an identifiable employer to
whom he owed a debt.
Up to now, beneficiaries of the
T-visa have been evenly divided between sex workers and
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
And the victim`s entire family—back
home in Mexico or wherever—is automatically eligible for
the same visa and benefits!
You never hear "trafficking"
discussed without also hearing about "rescuing women
and children." And who could object to that?
But in fact the visas are being
handed out evenly between male and female illegals.
Also, although "trafficking"
victims are automatically enrolled in Medicaid, even
those trafficked to work in the sex industry are
entitled to refuse the free tests for HIV and other STDs.
On the books since 2000, the T-visa
program began in earnest only within the last year. And
so far only 1,000 or so of the new visas, which lead to
permanent residency, have been handed out.
At a May 25 refugee conference,
Chris Gersten, a former
lobbyist and former director of the federal Office
of Refugee Resettlement lamented
gave away millions for services to trafficking victims,
but we couldn`t find the victims. Now we are giving out
money to publicize the program and find victims."
(An aside: Mr. Gersten`s baroque
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Children and Families,
Administration for Children and Families, U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services—is a classic
example of the
Tsarist-style Table of Ranks that the federal
government has established for its exploding class of
Indeed, U.S. Officials recently
revised estimated numbers of those annually trafficked
into the U.S. down to 20,000 from earlier estimates of
But this does not mean, of course,
that the T-Visa might be judged, you know,
In fact, in the Nov 2003
re-authorization of the TVPA President Bush announced an
additional "$50 million initiative to support the
work of organizations rescuing women and children from
exploitation and giving them shelter and medical
And, needless to say, the Refugee
Industry is rapidly exploiting the T-visa. Hundreds of
organizations claim expertise in trafficking—and
therefore a right to the stream of federal and state
dollars flowing to combat this side effect of mass
Among them: the
International Institute of New Jersey (Nicholas
email@example.com), originally founded to
resettle Kosovars to the U.S. but now armed with a new
mission—and a new reason to receive federal funds.
Then there`s my favorite
organization: Catholic Social Services in Anchorage
Alaska (Robin Bronen
RBronen@css.ak.org). How many women are being
trafficked across the Bering Straits?
And there`s more! Attached as a
rider to 2000`s Trafficking bill were another 10,000 "U"
visas a year for illegal immigrant women in abusive
"Battered immigrant women" are all the rage in
immigration law, featured in legal clinics held around
the country which explore the many uses of the new
According to NOW, its
Legal Defense and Education Fund heads up a
consortium of more than 400 [!]
organizations providing domestic violence assistance to
immigrants—that is, assisting them in their quest for
U.S. Catholic Charities has over
100 offices where a visitor in America with a tourist
visa can pay $200 to have an asylum application filled
out and receive advice on how to to obtain asylum, or a
T or a U visa.
Consoling yourself that T-visas can
only involve 5,000 immigrants at most?
You underestimate the trickiness of
Refugee Iron Triangle. The T and U visas will follow
the exact same course that other asylum grants have
taken. Thus the number of aliens who obtain permanent
residency under the asylum program is legally limited to
10,000 per year—yet in recent years asylum "grants" have
exceeded 30,000 per year. "Grantees" have all the
privileges and entitlements of refugees and asylum
seekers. They merely have to wait—here—until they can
adjust formally to legal permanent resident status.
Furthermore, perhaps even more
important, individually denied asylum or T or U visas
are still in the country—in numbers even greater
than those granted the special visas.
Lee Malvo`s mother had tried to
gain entry as an asylum seeker. Then she moved on to
an appeal for entry under the Violence Against Women Act
of 2000. Only her son`s capture ended her latest
Of course, it is not quite fair to
cast Malvo`s mother in the role of poster child for the
new breed of asylum seeker.
But she is at least as
representative as the poster children featured in
taxpayer-funded campaigns designed to rev up these new
programs—programs which are one more small step towards
a point beyond which even the simplest of national
problems will prove insoluble.
him) is a recovering refugee worker