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  • USCIS Scrubs Webpage Confirming Native-Born And Natural-Born Are Separate Subsets Of Citizen.

    09/05/2013 10:36:52 AM PDT · by Cold Case Posse Supporter · 56 replies
    U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services ^ | 9-5-2013 | Cold Case Posse Supporter
    Back on April 2, 2013 I posted a thread titled 'Listen Up: Here Is Proof Native-Born Citizens And Natural-Born Citizens Are Separate'. In that thread I provided a link to the U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services website page that stated the following: The Immigration and Naturalization Service: “Interpretation 324.2 Reacquisition of citizenship lost by marriage.” Interpretation 324.2(a)(7): “(7) Restoration of citizenship is prospective . Restoration to citizenship under any one of the three statutes is not regarded as having erased the period of alienage that immediately preceded it. The words “shall be deemed to be a citizen of the United...
  • Immigration Union Warns Republicans About Legalizing DREAMers (Cantor's KIDS Act)

    08/01/2013 9:56:00 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Univision ABC ^ | 7/31/13 | TED HESSON
    A union representing 12,000 federal immigration workers is warning top House Republicans against legalizing young undocumented immigrants. The union is made up of employees of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which handles immigration paperwork. In a letter sent on Tuesday to four Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Virginia) and Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisconsin), the union expressed worries about a Republican bill that would legalize DREAMers. Since President Obama has already given deportation relief to young undocumented immigrants -- and bypassed Congress to do it -- the union worries he might similarly use his executive power to rework...
  • Feds probe company that helped get EB-5 funding for McAuliffe's Greentech

    07/23/2013 11:46:29 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    AP reporter Alicia Caldwell has discovered that a high ranking official in the Department of Homeland Security is under investigation for helping to facilitate access to the EB-5 program for a Chinese Company through the group Gulf Coast Management.
  • APNewsBreak: Homeland Security official probed (Hillary link)

    07/23/2013 11:57:41 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    MYSA/AP ^ | July 23, 2013 | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL,
    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in helping a company run by a brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Associated Press has learned. Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is being investigated for his role in helping the company secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, according to congressional officials briefed on the investigation. The officials spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details of the...
  • IMMIGRATION UPDATE: U.S. Government Now Giving Green Cards for Gay Marriage

    03/15/2013 9:29:28 AM PDT · by John Q. Patriot · 14 replies
    John Q. Patriot ^ | March 15, 2013 | John Q. Patriot
    During the course of the ongoing Comprehensive Immigration Reform debate, media outlets have called attention to the plight of Americans in same sex relationships who, it is claimed, have no means of petitioning for the legal immigration of their partners. See for example one recent Seattle Times article at: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020501363_lgbtimmigrationxml.html. Recently, the Obama Administration has made the inclusion of provisions for same sex immigrants part of their proposal for the complete overhaul of America's immigration system. However, it would seem that both the official line of the Administration and the popular line of the media are substantially outdated. U.S. Citizenship...
  • Activists Warn of Possible Dangers of Deferred Action in Video

    08/16/2012 12:31:01 PM PDT · by AuntB · 32 replies
    Hispanically speaking news ^ | Aug. 15, 2012 | Hispanically Speaking News
    A group of pro-immigrant activists in Chicago on Tuesday released an informational video warning about the possible dangers of deferred action, which on Wednesday will begin to register undocumented young people who want to try and postpone deportation. The video, Defer the Bullst, may be seen online at www.moratoriumondeportations.org and is an effort to resist the governments alleged disinformation campaign about the program. While some youth may have a chance at relief, Deferred Action is at best insufficient, and at worst misleading, dangerous and deliberately deceptive, said Jose Herrera of the Moratorium on Deportations Campaign on Tuesday. Some 20 members...
  • OUTRAGE: Obama Officials Push Agents to Rush Immigrant Visas Even If FRAUD Suspected (USCIS)

    01/03/2012 3:52:50 PM PST · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 01-03-2012 | John Hill
    by John Hill Stand With Arizona As if Obama's plan to cut National Guard troops on the Mexican border by 75% at a time when there has been a sudden surge in border crossers wasn't leaving the United States vulnerable enough, now a report has revealed a new insanity - lowered standards for granting immigration visas: Higher-ups within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are pressuring rank-and-file officers to rubber-stamp immigrants visa applications, sometimes against the officers will, according to a Homeland Security report and internal documents....A 40-page report, drafted by the Office of Inspector General in September but not publicly...
  • Three Convicted in Terror-Related Cases Later Granted U.S. Citizenship by Obama Administration

    04/30/2011 5:39:14 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | April 29, 2011 | Edwin Mora
    (CNSNews.com) -- Three people convicted of crimes as a result of a terrorism-related investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) were later naturalized as U.S. citizens by the Obama administration, according to federal auditors. The March 2011 audit (released on April 21, 2011) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), entitled Criminal Alien Statistics: Information on Incarcerations, Arrests and Costs, shows that three individuals were among defendants where the investigation involved an identified link to international terrorism but they were charged with violating other statutes [not directly related to terrorism], including fraud, immigration, drugs, false statements, and general conspiracy charges, referred...
  • VIDEO: Broken Immigration: Mayor Bloomberg Declines to Discuss His Solution that is already Law

    09/27/2010 4:43:29 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 1 replies
    marinkapeschmann.com ^ | September 27, 2010 | Marinka Peschmann
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg loves the press when journalists fawn over him but dare to call him on his truthfulness and candor; he hides. Last June, Mayor Bloomberg created a media splash when he launched the Partnership for a New American Economy, a national coalition to reform immigration, where he spoke about one of his solutions to give investors green cards to create jobs for Americans. But as I reported here, the Mayors idea is not new its already the law. Called the EB-5 category, its been on the books since 1990. The EB-5 provision has the...
  • USCIS National Children's Art Project ["We Are America"]

    08/06/2010 12:50:46 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 7 replies
    USCIS ^ | August 4, 2010 | Staff
    USCIS National Children's Art Project- "We Are America": The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has commissioned an art project for children across the United States to create images depicting their interpretation of the theme, We Are America. This project asks children to draw pictures that answer the question People have come from all over the world to become Americans. Why does that make us great? USCIS will collaborate on this project with public libraries and other community-based organizations serving Americas immigrant communities this summer. USCIS will display submissions in offices across the country and will recognize participants during the...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama's immigration back door--The federal government has become the enemy of the law

    08/02/2010 6:26:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 7+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 2, 2010 | Editorial
    The Obama administration's way to deal with the problem of illegal immigration is to declare it legal. This is the upshot of an 11-page memo from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about "Administrative alternatives to comprehensive immigration reform." As the title suggests, it is a compendium of backdoor measures the executive branch claims it can take without having to deal with pesky things like congressional authorization. The Obama administration is seeking to "reduce the threat of removal" for "individuals present in the United States without authorization," employing the latest euphemism for illegal aliens. The fact that the government considers...
  • Obama 'Scheming' on Immigrant Amnesty? Memo Draws Republican Fire

    07/30/2010 10:39:20 AM PDT · by toma29 · 16 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News ^ | 7/30/2010
    Critics of President Obama's immigration policy have pounced on an internal government memo they say shows the administration is trying to circumvent Congress on immigration reform and avoid deporting some illegal immigrants. An undated, internal draft memo by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services leaked Thursday outlines "administrative relief options to reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization." "In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform," it reads, "USCIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations." While the federal government has long exercised discretion in...
  • You've got mail: America's broken Immigration Agency at work

    05/11/2010 2:30:40 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies · 412+ views
    Big Government ^ | 5-11-10 | Marinka Peschmann
    Under a bombardment of condemnation, Arizona has taken action to address illegal immigration and is fighting back by telling Washington to do your job. Meanwhile, on Sunday President Obamas Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Justice Department was considering a federal lawsuit against Arizonas new immigration law. How did the immigration crisis occur? It happened because Washington didnt do their job and secure the borders and because under both Republican and Democratic leadership, the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), formerly the Immigration Naturalization Services (INS), ran amok. If Americans want to see how broken and incompetent...
  • Immigration Reform: Terrorists Have Applied for Green Cards

    03/17/2010 7:48:08 AM PDT · by AuntB · 8 replies · 300+ views
    Big Government ^ | Mar. 17, 2010 | Marinka Peschmann
    Last Thursday President Obama, whose commitment to comprehensive immigration reform is unwavering, met with Sen. Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. and Sen. Lindsey Graham R- S.C. to discuss a proposed bill to fix the broken immigration system. While the details remain somewhat elusive, according to the Los Angles Times: The basis of a bill would include a path toward citizenship for the 10.8 million people living in the U.S. illegally. Citizenship would not be granted lightly, the White House said. Undocumented workers would need to register, pay taxes and pay a penalty for violating the law. Failure to comply might result in...
  • Remarks by the President... [Re: Immigration]

    06/26/2009 3:16:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 557+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ____________________________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release June 25, 2009 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AFTER MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO DISCUSS IMMIGRATION State Dining Room 3:17 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. We have just finished what I consider to be a very productive meeting on one of the most critical issues that I think this nation faces, and that is an immigration system that is broken and needs fixing. We have members of Congress from both chambers, from parties, who have participated in...
  • Art Bell's Wife Denied Visa

    06/06/2009 10:24:56 PM PDT · by BonRad · 56 replies · 4,967+ views
    Coast to Coast ^ | June 6, 2009 | Art Bell
    http://www.coasttocoastam.com/article/art-bell-s-wife-denied-u-s-visa Art Bell's Wife Denied U.S. Visa June 06, 2009 Art Bell's Wife Denied U.S. Visa Airyn Bell, wife of radio talk show legend Art Bell, has been denied a U.S. Visa. Read about their incredible struggle against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). [Click the image on the left for proof the USCIS received the necessary documents from the Bells.] Please also help Art plead his wife's case. Contact the President and his staff at whitehouse.gov. Here's the letter Art Bell wrote to Senator Harry Reid on behalf of his wife Airyn Bell: My name is Arthur W....
  • Amnesty? Senator Schumer Chairs Comprehensive Immigration Reform Hearing Today

    04/30/2009 5:44:46 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 11 replies · 999+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 30, 2009 | Marinka Peschmann
    Senator Chuck Schumer (D. N.Y.) will chair a hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform later today, called Can We Do It and How? If past is prologue, with Mr. Schumer crafting immigration reform expect amnesty and a policy that may ultimately hurt America. Why? Because Senator Schumers early leadership role to fix Americas immigration system arguably contributed to the broken system that afflicts America today. Recall it was in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan signed the far-reaching and ineffective Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Schumer, the then little known Democratic congressman was singled out by the President for his...
  • U.S Citizenship & Immigration Services Blasts Journalist over Crime & Corruption Story

    02/04/2009 7:21:10 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 7 replies · 610+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb. 4, 2009 | Marinka Peschmann
    On January 24 Acting Deputy Director Michael Aytes, currently the highest ranking official at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sent a scathing letter to CFPs editor to rebuke an article I wrote on January 21 entitled, Crime and Corruption at the UCSIS. My article cited criminal investigations like this one where several USCIS employees were accused of aiding Islamic extremists with identification fraud and of exploiting the visa system for personal gain as source material. Story here. It was shameful reporting and a deliberate smear that should not be counted as news, Aytes wrote, defending the USCIS, an...
  • The Immigration Bailout

    01/15/2009 11:37:42 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 3 replies · 579+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | 1/15/09 | Marinka Peschmann
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services inefficiency turned U.S. law and order into a travesty There is another crisis on the verge of catching fire in America and the bailout has already begun. It is the bailout to fix the costly fallout created by decades of failed immigration policies that taxpayers have been funding and will continue to fund to mop up the mess. Last November, a fraction of the bailout went to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a $2.6 billion a-year agency. The USCIS received $500 million over five years to modernize its case management system. This agency...
  • The Immigration Bailout

    01/15/2009 6:29:50 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 462+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 15, 2009 | Marinka Peschmann
    There is another crisis on the verge of catching fire in America and the bailout has already begun. It is the bailout to fix the costly fallout created by decades of failed immigration policies that taxpayers have been funding and will continue to fund to mop up the mess.
  • Vanity: Pakistan-Sanctioned Terrorists Killed Americans; Shouldn't US Prohibit Paki's from US Entry?

    12/05/2008 3:01:49 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 36 replies · 1,168+ views
    AmericanInTokyo (vanity) | 6 December 2008 | AmericanInTokyo
    Tonight (Friday a.m. US time) Pakistan gave its official answer to India on the request to turn over to India ASAP Islamic terrorists based on Pakistan soil and operating out in the open. Our friend and good ally India has ramped up the pressure and now banned the entry of Pakistani nationals into it's country by land, sea or air.The massive terrorist attack in Mumbai had a strong element of not only India being targeted, but the United States as well. Our fellow Americans were sought out, and some were killed.All intelligence points to Pakistan as the base for these...
  • Exclusive: Did Immigration Fraud Have a Hand in Creation of Alleged Minnesota Terror Group?

    12/01/2008 8:08:18 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 4 replies · 564+ views
    FamilySecurityMatters ^ | 12/1/08 | Michael Cutler
    A recent ABC report should be of concern to all Americans and to our elected leaders. It regards Shirwa Ahmed, a naturalized U.S. citizen who is believed to have committed a suicide bombing in Somalia and even more disturbing may have been involved in the recruitment of young men of Somali descent here in the United States. The news report further states that more than a dozen such men, perhaps as many as 40 and mostly in their 20s, have "disappeared." Here are the most important questions: How did Shirwa Ahmed acquire citizenship through the naturalization process? Did...
  • Widespread problems, fraud found in H-1B program

    10/12/2008 12:30:26 PM PDT · by CE2949BB · 12 replies · 660+ views
    Computerworld ^ | October 9, 2008 | Patrick Thibodeau
    Widespread problems, fraud found in H-1B programU.S. study finds incidents of forged documents, fake degrees, 'shell' companiesAn internal report by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) examining the H-1B visa program has found evidence of forged documents and fake degrees, and even "shell" companies giving addresses of fake locations.The USCIS report, released Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), indicates that serious violations of the H-1B program by employers are so common that one in five visas are affected by either fraud or "technical violations." This means that potentially thousands of employers may be violating the rules, some willfully.Employers...
  • U.S. Immigration Agents (USCIS & ICE) Fell Short of Probe Goal

    12/18/2007 8:04:10 PM PST · by Robert Lomax · 7 replies · 198+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 15, 2007 | Spencer S. Hsu
    U.S. immigration agents investigated only 139 suspected fraud cases referred by the main anti-fraud unit of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services last year, or less than 1 percent of 1 percent of about 6 million applications for citizenship, green cards and other benefits, federal investigators reported yesterday.
  • Agency's Message: No Reason To Fear Us

    11/10/2007 6:08:45 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 6 replies · 160+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 10, 2007 | Karin Brulliard
    The Northern Virginia office of the federal agency that processes immigration applications will hold its first public forum next month to answer questions from immigrants. The forum also is intended to spread word that the agency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, is distinct from its feared federal cousins, the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. "We don't want people to fear us," said Greg Christian, director of the Vienna office of USCIS.... The agency is often assailed...as an impenetrable bureaucracy with complicated forms and a help hotline that dispenses unreliable information. It has also recently...
  • U.S. agents accused of aiding Islamist scheme (TREASON ALERT)

    08/15/2007 10:03:03 AM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 117 replies · 6,807+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8-15-07 | Sara Carter
    A criminal investigations report says several U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees are accused of aiding Islamic extremists with identification fraud and of exploiting the visa system for personal gain. The confidential 2006 USCIS report said that despite the severity of the potential security breaches, most are not investigated "due to lack of resources" in the agency's internal affairs department.
  • FBI Name Check Cited In Naturalization Delays

    06/17/2007 12:57:06 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 20 replies · 1,131+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2007 | Spencer S. Hsu and N.C. Aizenman
    ...Since 2005, the backlog of legal U.S. immigrants whose applications for naturalization and other benefits are stuck on hold awaiting FBI name checks has doubled to 329,160, prompting a flood of lawsuits in federal courts... In his annual report to Congress last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) ombudsman Prakash I. Khatri called the backlog of FBI name checks "unacceptable from the standpoint of national security and immigration benefits processing." Calling the delays the "most pervasive problem" in processing, Khatri concluded that they "may increase the risk to national security by prolonging the time a potential criminal or terrorist...
  • Police: Woman dragged to death under minivan

    06/04/2007 4:08:57 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 57 replies · 1,177+ views
    CNN.COM ^ | June 4, 2007
    Police: Woman dragged to death under minivan FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) -- A woman trying to stop a motorist from fleeing after a collision was dragged for several miles to her death under the man's minivan, officials said Monday. Authorities said they were still searching for the minivan's driver. Sandra Hall was in a Cadillac that was struck by the minivan Sunday night, Broward County sheriff's officials said. The minivan was driven away with the Cadillac in pursuit, and when both vehicles were stopped in traffic Hall got out and stood in front of the minivan, authorities said. The minivan...
  • Agency could hinder immigration reform

    05/30/2007 1:44:39 PM PDT · by USconvoy.com · 3 replies · 288+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 29, 2007 | Spencer S. Hsu
    WASHINGTON -- Last June, US immigration officials were presented a plan that supporters said could help slash waiting times for green cards from nearly three years to three months and save 1 million applicants more than a third of the 45 hours they could expect to spend in government lines. It would also save about $350 million. The response from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services: No thanks. Leaders of the agency rejected key changes because ending huge immigration backlogs nationwide would rob it of application and renewal fees that cover 20 percent of its $1.8 billion budget, according to...
  • With The H-1B Visa Cap Filled In Record Time, Reform Is In The Air

    04/12/2007 12:08:19 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 55 replies · 1,437+ views
    EE Times ^ | April 7, 2007 | Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
    EE Times: Semi News With The H-1B Visa Cap Filled In Record Time, Reform Is In The Air http://i.cmpnet.com/infoweek/1133/133NAfiles_r_110.jpg Marianne Kolbasuk McGee Page 1 of 3 InformationWeek (04/07/2007 12:00 AM EDT) For both critics and supporters of the H-1B visa, two days last week revealed everything you need to know about the foreign worker program, one of the most controversial topics in business technology. In the first two days that the U.S. government accepted applications for H-1B work visas, 133,000 envelopes poured in with applications seeking 65,000 openings. The crush was enough that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services cut off...
  • USCIS REACHES FY 2008 H-1B CAP

    04/03/2007 5:16:54 PM PDT · by jas3 · 28 replies · 3,307+ views
    United States Citizenship And Immigration Services ^ | April 3 2007 | Office of Communications: USCIS
    USCIS REACHES FY 2008 H-1B CAP WASHINGTON U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received enough H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated cap for fiscal year 2008 (FY2008). USCIS will use a random selection process (described below) for all cap-subject filings received on April 2, 2007 and April 3, 2007. USCIS will reject and return along with filing fee(s) all petitions received on those days that are not randomly selected. Cap Procedures: In keeping with USCIS regulations, USCIS will use the following process to handle H-1B petitions subject to the FY2008 cap: USCIS...
  • Bill Gates: Remove limits on H1-B visas

    03/08/2007 9:47:42 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 124 replies · 2,582+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/8/07 | Nancy Zuckerbrod - ap
    WASHINGTON - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told Congress on Wednesday that overhauls of the nation's schools and immigration laws are urgently needed to keep jobs from going overseas. "The U.S. cannot maintain its economic leadership unless our work force consists of people who have the knowledge and skills needed to drive innovation," Gates told the Senate committee that oversees labor and education issues. Gates, whose charitable foundation has given away more than $3 billion since 1999 for educational programs and scholarships, noted that about 30 percent of U.S. ninth-graders fail to graduate on time. "As a nation, we should start...
  • U.S. Citizenship Without Background Check

    12/06/2006 6:37:34 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 11 replies · 529+ views
    Corruption Chronicles ^ | 29 Nov 2006 | Judicial Watch
    The government agency responsible for granting immigrants permission to live in the United States legally has lost thousands of crucial alien background files used to determine eligibility as well as deportation. The Alien files (also known as A-files) are a key to approving an immigrants U.S. citizenship yet the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approved 30,000 applications for aliens with missing A-files. The USCIS is the agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for processing non citizens applications to live or work in the U.S. or to become a citizen. Every foreigner who applies to live in...
  • Immigration Benefits: Additional Efforts Needed to Help Ensure Alien Files Are Located

    11/29/2006 12:28:34 PM PST · by freespirited · 3 replies · 351+ views
    Government Accountability Office ^ | 11/28/06 | GAO staff
    To document the interactions of aliens with the Department of Homeland Securitys (DHS) United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and other government entities, USCIS creates alien files, or A-files. While deemed critical, especially in making citizenship decisions, A-files are sometimes missing during adjudications. In 2002, naturalization was granted to an alien whose A-file was missing and who was later found to be associated with a terrorist organization. GAO focused its review on (1) how often USCIS adjudicates naturalization applications without an A-file and why, (2) the effect that missing A-files can have on the adjudication process, and (3) steps...
  • Whistle-blower let go - Former USCIS worker says termination was retaliation

    10/03/2006 9:36:05 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 1,366+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 10/3/06 | Sara A. Carter
    An immigrant application screener who spoke out earlier this year about his agency's security failures has lost his job, despite a recent decision to extend the contracts of hundreds of other employees like him. Sultan Farakhan, an immigrant benefits application adjudicator, was terminated from employment Friday at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., one of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' largest immigration application processing centers. "They are upset with the fact that I spoke out," Farakhan said Friday. "I don't understand why they want to keep the truth hidden, because this is about the national security of our...
  • Immigrations Broken US VISIT System

    09/21/2006 5:47:22 AM PDT · by lucybrownnose · 4 replies · 391+ views
    FamilySecurityMatters.org ^ | 9/21/06t | Mike Cutler
    In the late 70s when the American embassy was overrun in Tehran, Iran, the task fell to the former INS to locate Iranian citizens in the United States to make certain that they were not posing a threat to our nation's security. As a special agent of the INS back then, I was involved in that effort and we were all frustrated by a lack of information and resources to accomplish this important mission. Of course, the need to be able to conduct that sort of field operation was, at the time, a unique situation that we had never confronted....
  • Immigration officer under fire

    09/19/2006 7:58:01 AM PDT · by radar101 · 8 replies · 529+ views
    A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer is out on bail after being arrested on charges she issued a visa to illegal immigrants and forged a visa admission stamp for use on other official documents. Maria Barillas, an immigration information officer in Los Angeles, was taken into custody Wednesday on state fraud and forgery charges by officers with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's Office and agents with USCIS Office of Security and Investigations.Barillas is accused of forging and counterfeiting a U.S. Government immigration visa admission stamp; issuing a false visa to an illegal...
  • Editorial: Fraud goes unchecked as foreigners game federal immigration system

    09/17/2006 12:59:13 PM PDT · by dennisw · 11 replies · 499+ views
    examiner ^ | Sep 14, 2006 5:00 AM
    WASHINGTON - Our nations security has been seriously compromised by a legal immigration system that provides access to government-issued documents and benefits while ignoring basic security procedures, such as requiring fingerprints from each applicant and making sure theyre not on a terrorist watch list. On April 6, former USCIS Director of Security Michael Maxwell told stunned members of Congress that only six personnel security experts at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services which awards coveted green cards, work permits and Social Security numbers were detailed to handle a crushing backlog of 11,000 employee background investigations and 2,771 internal affairs...
  • Panel demands answers - Reports of flawed screening process prompt call for probe

    09/01/2006 10:49:26 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 379+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 9/1/06 | Sara A. Carter
    A congressional panel is calling for an investigation and hearing into reports that applicants for green cards, work visas and other immigration documents were not properly screened against the U.S. terrorist watch list. Employees at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., said they did not know that a simple key stroke would have allowed them to fully check the background of applicants against the terrorist database, according to the report first published by the Daily Bulletin this past week. That report was based on federal documents obtained by the newspaper and interviews with employees at the Missouri center....
  • Immigration Drowning In Paper(scary, long read)

    06/17/2006 6:37:26 AM PDT · by devane617 · 27 replies · 1,238+ views
    TampaBay Online ^ | 06/17/2006 | KEITH EPSTEIN
    WASHINGTON - They are called the Alien Files - or simply, the "A-Files." There are 55 million of them, each up to hundreds of pages thick, stashed in a government warehouse in Missouri. Though they detail no science-fiction secrets of UFO landings or beings from distant planets, they can prove an irritating mystery to those who need them most - immigration officers deciding who can stay in the United States. The "aliens" are people from other countries seeking work permits, residency or citizenship. The records contain their applications, photos and fingerprints. Each time an immigration officer weighs an outsider's destiny,...
  • Immigration agency head slams Senate's alien bill

    06/01/2006 6:46:08 AM PDT · by notes2005 · 18 replies · 798+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 06/01/06 | By Stephen Dinan
    The Senate immigration bill makes the same mistake as the 1986 amnesty by restricting the ability of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to share information on illegal alien guest-worker applicants who are criminals and terrorists, the agency's director said yesterday. Emilio T. Gonzalez, whose agency would have to administer a guest-worker program, said not allowing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to share information on someone who applies means they cannot begin the process of removing criminals and national security threats, even after they are rejected from the guest-worker program. "It is important for us to be able to...
  • DEATH BLOW TO GUEST WORKER AMNESTY:GAO REPORT EXPOSES MASSIVE MISMANAGEMENT AND CORRUPTION

    03/15/2006 3:42:45 PM PST · by Marine Inspector · 351 replies · 5,078+ views
    Los Angeles Chronicle ^ | 03/15/2006 | Tony Dolz
    The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has dealt the fatal blow to the controversial concept of Guest Worker Amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens now living in the United States in defiance of our laws. The GAO is the investigative arm of Congress charged with examining matters relating to the receipt and payment of public funds. In a devastating report released today, the GAO charges the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) this is the agency under the Department of Homeland Security that would be in charge of proposed Guest Worker Amnesty with a failed organizational...
  • Immigration officers barred from key data

    03/08/2006 10:18:03 AM PST · by JoeBob · 16 replies · 446+ views
    NumbersUSA ^ | March 7, 2006 | Jerry Kammer
    Immigration officers barred from key data Ex-official raises security concerns By Jerry Kammer COPLEY NEWS SERVICE March 7, 2006 WASHINGTON Many immigration officers handling requests for green cards, citizenship and other immigration benefits do not have access to key law enforcement and national security databases, said a top federal security official who quit over the issue. The officers' access to the databases, which would allow them to check whether an applicant had a criminal record or was on the terrorism watch list, was cut off because the government has failed to complete required background checks on the immigration adjudicators....
  • Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez Sworn in as Director of USCIS.

    01/22/2006 7:52:16 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 3 replies · 1,227+ views
    USCIS Website ^ | January 5, 2006 | Staff
    Washington, D.C. Last night (on January 4, 2006) Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson swore in Dr. Emilio Gonzalez as the new Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Nominated for the position in September 2005, Dr. Gonzalez appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 18, 2005, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 23, 2005. It is an honor and privilege to have been selected by President Bush to lead the USCIS team, said Director Gonzalez. The outstanding work of my predecessor, and the countless contributions of dedicated employees have established a...
  • Turf, access feuds beset immigration service

    12/07/2005 4:21:16 PM PST · by LNewman · 5 replies · 261+ views
    Top officials at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services acknowledged in internal e-mails that some of their employees are able to decide visa applications without being able to do full background checks, even in important national security cases. SNIP But the e-mails show turf battles within that agency and with other agencies in the Department of Homeland Security are hindering the department's national security mission. In one situation, the acting deputy director purportedly ordered one investigative branch not to provide information to a top-level team deciding the toughest cases because of turf conflicts with another branch. Meanwhile, other adjudicators do not...
  • Arrests of naturalized Chinese more proof of DHS problems

    11/06/2005 8:53:27 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies · 488+ views
    The Counterterrorism Blog ^ | November 05, 2005 | Michael Cutler
    This is the second time in the last couple of months that we have seen a news story about naturalized United States citizens who have spied on our country. ...naturalized citizens were able to become a United States citizens because of flaws in the naturalization process ... many aliens were naturalized through the program known as Citizenship USA which was created by the Clinton administration to naturalize as many citizens as possible and was terribly flawed. According to the GAO thousands of criminal aliens were naturalized. Many of these criminal aliens not only should not have been naturalized, they should...
  • Area Man Indicted For Role In Threat On Federal Building

    09/25/2005 5:03:28 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 11 replies · 350+ views
    ICE.gov ^ | September 23, 2005
    AREA MAN INDICTED FOR ROLE IN THREAT ON FEDERAL BUILDING Man claimed former girlfriend was planning to bomb immigration office FRESNO, Calif. A Salvadoran national indicted for contacting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and claiming that his former girlfriend was going to drive a car bomb into the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office made his initial appearance in federal court here this morning. On August 16, ICE agents received an anonymous call from a man later identified as Hugo Vasquez-Cruz, 45. Vazquez told agents that a woman named Asusena Kalah was upset with immigration and planned...
  • Adoption Nightmare (FReeper Help Requested)

    09/17/2005 12:26:39 PM PDT · by TankerKC · 124 replies · 2,356+ views
    Sept 17, 2005 | TankerKC
    This is a long read which is an update from a thread I wrote in January 2004. Please read, if you can help.Family Adoption: Did We Do the Right Thing? (Freeper Advice Requested) Being a Conservative goes beyond posting to FreeRepublic. Or, it should. So, when a family member got into some legal trouble and couldnt care for her child, my wife and I stepped in. Not the first time. When you come from a family with six kids, chances are that one may not turn out to be a productive member of society. My mom raised six of us...
  • She immigrated, they married; then INS called

    12/25/2004 8:10:27 PM PST · by AM2000 · 108 replies · 2,310+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | December 23, 2004 | SAUNDRA AMRHEIN, Times Staff Writer| Times researcher Cathy Wos contributed to this story
    A hitch in bureaucracy threatens a woman's green card application - and the couple's life plans. TAMPA - Lynda and Michael Arazie had a new car, a new house, and they were expecting an adopted baby to arrive in a few months. But in early December, Lynda Arazie, 33, got a call that threatened to upend the life they were building. Her work permit had been yanked, her attorney told her. Worse yet, immigration officials canceled her application for a green card, or permanent residence visa, because she and her husband missed an interview in November. She could be deported...
  • INS NOW UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES

    02/19/2004 4:48:44 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 8 replies · 218+ views
    USCIS Website ^ | 19 February 2004
    The Immigration and Naturalization Service has now changed its website to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website. This has probably already been posted...if not, here it is: Click here for new website.