Immigration Fraud Exposed

Washington Times

The troubles plaguing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which Stephen Dinan reported on Monday, should make Sen. Arlen Specter reconsider his faith in the agency that would administer a guest-worker program for immigrants.

In Mr. Dinan’s exclusive article, a Government Accountability Office report “shows [CIS] doesn’t have a handle on fraud, doesn’t do enough to deter it, and won’t have a fraud-management system in place until 2011.” The GAO found that the rampant fraud is a result of the backlog of applications, which “placed additional pressure on [CIS] to process applications faster, thereby increasing the risk of making incorrect decisions, including approval of potentially fraudulent applications.” Moreover, multiple offenders are able to game the system, because neither the CIS nor Immigration and Customs Enforcement regularly penalize those caught committing fraud. In other words, they keep submitting fraudulent applications until one gets through.

Such is the sorry state of CIS today, before a guest-worker program is in place. That is, before the agency is inundated with millions more applications in addition to its current workload. Sen. Charles Grassley, who requested the GAO report, was being too kind when he labeled the notion — expressed by guest-worker proponents — that somehow CIS is entirely competent to administer the president’s program “unrealistic.” The word is “impossible.”

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