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.
This concept has been in limited use for a while. But
it recently received an upgrade.
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.
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
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?
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
held at gunpoint at an Arizona rest stop by an Army
reservist as they were crossing illegally into the
“Rodriguez Ruiz said he cooperated with
authorities, who subsequently
filed aggravated assault charges against Sgt.
Patrick Haab. The county attorney
later dropped the charges, 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.
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
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.
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
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
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
—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.
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
Brenda Walker (email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes
majority of Americans
the political spectrum,
she believes immigration must be legal, controlled and