Victim Visas—How America Stupidly Rewards Misfortune and Fraud

In my midnight moments of immigration-anarchy-induced
depression, I imagine a stealth cadre of

immigration lawyers
housed

deep within the White House
whose job is to devise
fiendish ideas for the worst possible visa categories,
in order to desensitize citizens to the

nation-wrecking insanity
afoot.

Near the top of the list of Washington`s corrosive
creations (which include

Diversity Visas
and

asylum/refugee policies
that are

welcome mats
for

fraud
) would be the “Victim Visa”.

This concept has been in limited use for a while. But
it recently received an upgrade.

The

Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of
2000
expanded laws against

sex trafficking
and

general slavery
, in legislation which was necessary
given the open borders and diversity of crime America
now faces. Its main provisions, particularly the

U Visa
, were touted as a way to help law
enforcement keep witnesses to serious crimes handy to
testify. But the benefits allotted are considerable. The
U Visa does not merely allow crime victims to stay
through the trial—it opens up the whole benefits
smorgasbord, including eventual citizenship.

The law allows

10,000 U Visas to be dispensed annually
. But the
small print permits spouses and children as well. So the
total may be much higher each year if lawyers have
anything to do with it.

And if the U is not sufficient, there is also the

T-1 Visa,
which focuses on victims of a

"severe form of trafficking in persons."

Certainly there are many

genuine horror stories
of foreigners being held
against their will as

slaves
(nearly always by

other non-Americans
). But the idea that Americans
should be made to compensate those foreigners for their
misfortune is simply unreasonable.

What other public policy arena besides immigration
rewards people for being crime victims? Does a

rape victim
get lowered college tuition? Does
someone whose

car has been stolen
get a
replacement vehicle charged to the taxpayer?

Why should it be the job of the federal government to
give citizenship to a foreigner whose only qualification
may be a few bruises?

Of course, there is no program of benefits for

citizens
who have been

criminally harmed
by immigrants.

To see what a monumental scam the program is,
consider one prominent "victim" featured in
recent AP reporting as someone who "qualified for a
`U` visa"
—Eleuterio Rodriguez Ruiz.

“The 30-year-old Mexican citizen was one of seven
people

held at gunpoint
at an Arizona rest stop by an Army
reservist as they were crossing illegally into the
United States.

“Rodriguez Ruiz said he cooperated with
authorities, who subsequently

filed aggravated assault charges
against Sgt.
Patrick Haab. The county attorney
later dropped the charge
s, citing a state law that
allows citizens to

make an arrest
when a felony has been committed.”  
[New
US Visas Offered to Crime Victims
, Google
Associated Press October 19, 2007]

So Ruiz was not a crime victim at all, but was
himself a criminal, an illegal alien caught in the act
of invading this country along with six of his pals by

Patrick Haab
, a US Army reservist who made a lawful
citizen`s arrest. Ruiz now works with a permit as a
picker near Sacramento. But he wants the full monty, so
he can visit Mexico and return legally.

The

Violence Against Women Act
also instituted

incentives for fraud
. An illegal alien woman who can

convince authorities that she has been abused
can
get permanent residence on that basis alone. Even

foreign prostitutes
may qualify if they cooperate
with police.

Last year the San Francisco Chronicle produced
a sappy ("her
dark hair … fell like silk to her shoulders"
)
four-part series about human trafficking,

Diary of a Sex Slave
. By Meredith May and Deanne
Fitzmaurice, October6-10, 2006]

The Korean subject, so cleverly called You Mi, was
not the most sympathetic character. She originally got
into trouble by running up her credit card to $40,000
with shopping sprees. She didn`t even have the excuse of
being a crackhead. She was not drugged and kidnapped.
She

signed up of her own volition
for an obvious sex job
in the US to make big money fast.

And after getting away from her first

sleazy prostitute gig,
she volunteered for another
one to pay off her

credit card debt.
As a worker, she was engaged in
illegal activity and employed by

bad-guy foreigners.

Was she an appealing poster girl for the degradation
of human trafficking? Not so much.

Nevertheless, You Mi got her treasured Victim Visa
plus a starring role in the Chron`s

"immigrant" redemption
fable
so readers could feel warm and
wonderful about American generosity. And no one asked
whether the national community would be improved by the
presence of a spendthrift ex-prostitute.

“Ivy Lee, [email]
an attorney specializing in

human trafficking
at

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
in San
Francisco, helped You Mi apply for the T-1 visa. After a
five-month investigation, the government concluded that
You Mi was a sex-trafficking victim and granted her the
visa on July 25.

“You Mi is ready for her new life in California.
She has fallen in love with the landscape and the

relaxed attitude about gender roles.
It amazes her
to see women running companies or running errands in
ponytails and sweats.”
[In
San Francisco, You Mi begins to put her life back
together—but the cost is high
, San Francisco
Chronicle
, By Meredith May, October 10, 2006]

But You Mi is sub-minor player in comparison to those
illegal aliens officially recognized as victims of 9/11.
They received the same financial payments as citizens,
thanks to the bureaucrat-czar Kenneth Feinberg who was
in charge of disbursements from the

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
.

And despite the fact that these illegal foreigners
have become wealthy from the jackpot of money shoveled
at them (with

$2.1 million
being the average payout among their
exclusive little club), they

whined that they haven`t been given citizenship.

“One widow has more than $2 million but walks or
rides the bus everywhere, terrified of drawing
attention. Another millionaire widow stopped going to
9/11 support groups because she feared that families of
police officers and firefighters might betray her. A
widower has enough money to start a business building
houses, but cannot buy himself a home.”
[With
Millions in 9/11 Payments, Bereaved Can`t Buy Green
Cards
, By Cara Buckley, New York Times,
September 3, 2006]

A Mexican woman described as having "soulful eyes"—and
a baby from a

"new companion"
remained in the New York area, even though she
could live like a rock star at home with her millions of
dollars. The Times tried to illustrate her
dubious pain by describing her traipsing about as she
did her errands on foot because she

could not get a driver`s license.

Of course, she has more than enough cash for a cab.
Furthermore, there are plenty of cars and servants and
education for the kiddies available in Mexico and

other Third World countries
for anyone who has the
money. But the Times suggested the foreigners
believed an amnesty was in the near future—an idea
perhaps pushed by financial "advisors", who may
gain from the millionaires` continued presence.

Among this diversity of covetous foreigners, all have
one thing in common. They are never happy until they get
the

Keys to the Kingdom
citizenship
and the

monetary benefits that accompany it.

What a shame that our policymakers are so stupidly
generous as they contemplate foolish victim-based
programs that value a black eye more than a college
education.

Brenda Walker (email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes
two websites,


LimitsToGrowth.org
and

ImmigrationsHumanCost.org
.
Like the


majority of Americans

across


the political spectrum
,
she believes immigration must be legal, controlled and
REDUCED.