Iraq Spy Suspect Oversaw U.S. Asylums

This is the same government bureaucracy that will rubber stamp the 20-30 million “guest worker’s.” They can’t even do background checks on their own staff!!!

Washington Times

An Iraqi-born U.S. citizen suspected of being a foreign intelligence agent was employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to rule on asylum applications, including those from unfriendly Middle Eastern nations, according to documents obtained from Congress by The Washington Times.

Michael J. Maxwell, the former head of the Office of Security and Investigations at USCIS, is expected to testify about the Iraqi case and other breakdowns at the agency to a House subcommittee today.

Mr. Maxwell now works as an independent consultant on security matters, and a client is Numbers USA, which lobbies for stricter immigration controls and against a guest-worker program. He said this week that the Iraq case was not an isolated case.

“We know the asylum process is in shambles. We know fraud is rampant,” he said, adding that documents show top officials know this and refuse to do anything about it.

In the case of the suspected agent, whose name was blacked out in the documents The Times obtained, Mr. Maxwell said there were many red flags.

“There are indicators throughout this entire case that I saw, professionals within the FBI and the intelligence community saw, that all pointed one way — we were dealing with an individual who was a member of a foreign intelligence agency that had been working within CIS,” Mr. Maxwell said.

“The danger was that he was granting asylum to anybody that he wanted to, with impunity, at a time of his choosing. Who was he letting into this country?”

The man was in demand at USCIS because of his language skills. He was able to do interviews without the need for a translator. At the time, that seemed to be a big benefit to the speed of the process, but in retrospect, Mr. Maxwell said, it posed a security risk.

Mr. Maxwell said they first became suspicious of the man when, while on a yearlong assignment to the Defense Department in Iraq, he walked outside the Green Zone in Baghdad and disappeared. According to documents, authorities first thought he had been taken hostage but concluded he had left of his own accord.

Mr. Maxwell began an investigation that found that the man had been hired by USCIS even though negative “national security information” in his background check caused other federal agencies to pass on him.

A national security polygraph showed repeated deception on his part, and in interviews with Mr. Maxwell, he denied having traveled to Iran, Syria and Jordan while he worked for USCIS, even though electronic databases showed he had made the trips.

The man also made “persistent requests” that Mr. Maxwell help him achieve secret or top-secret clearance so he could go back to work for the Defense Department. Mr. Maxwell said that request was weird because Defense would have had to do its own background check anyway.

The man has since left USCIS and the United States so Mr. Maxwell closed his investigation. But Mr. Maxwell said that despite his findings, USCIS doesn’t even have the ability to go back and see whether any of the 180 cases the former employee approved should be revoked.

“With no internal audit function at CIS, we don’t know who he let into this country,” Mr. Maxwell said.

5 Responses to “Iraq Spy Suspect Oversaw U.S. Asylums”

  1. Sherri Says:

    This is frightening! And our so-called “leaders” in Congress want to grant amnesty to millions that shouldn’t be here? What the hell is going on in Washington D.C.?

  2. Vincent Narodnik Says:

    This of course is nothing new-I remember reading of a similar thignin New American about 5 year ago. That news item ALONE ought to be enough to give pause to those we have foolishly trusted with our saftey. They will not stop though, they are beyond drunken on an ideal-they are absolutely rabid with the ‘free-market’ ideal. They are blind because they believe that they are acting benevolently on our behalf-but obviously no one wants this. So if they could give up their messianism, they might be able just to do their jobs. I wouldnt bet they can change though. And I fear the obvious response to treason at such high levels and with such world altering consequences.

  3. The Watchdog Says:

    I heard Michael J. Maxwell on the radio last night talking about how the CIS staff get bonuses for how many people they can push through the system.

    It’s a rubber stamping factory on steroids. Still, they’ve never had to deal with 20 million + all at one time. I cannot imagine the chaos and fraud that would occur if this amnesty happends.

  4. Vincent Narodnik Says:

    B O N U S E S ? ? ? Typical consequence of those who go after quantity before quality. I was wondering about this alleged plan for amnesty. Our own Bureau in charge of this about 2 weeks ago came out with a report saying that they were incapable to handle the case load they have NOW-and that is to say nothing about the rampant corruption within the bureau, which they candidly admit. I dont have a calculator close, but-???if they actually tagged 20 000 000 mexicans in a 1 year period [with weekends off] 5 days a weekx4×12 divided by maybe ???20 stations??? how many processings per minute does that come to? Now to further complicate things, are we really to believe that on the other side of the fence that mexico can process the requisite background checks in a reasonable amount of time and send each with each ‘applicant’ ? Then, how bout verification of the mexicans background checks? Then, to prove that they have been criminals for a REALLY long time as in the Hagel/Martinez bill [instead of short time criminals who are worse???-quantity over quality again there] How in the —- are we to prove the veracity of 20 000 000 bogus rental agreements, electricity bills etc. I’m getting tired. To those trolls who come around here saying that deportation is ‘unrealistic and unworkable’ …could you please explain how the above scenario IS? I need a drink.

  5. Salamander Says:

    Well, Vincent, I will join you; I could use a drink myself. Good post.

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