Friday, January 6, 2012, 10:20 AM EST
Top Officials within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are pressuring rank-and-file officers to quickly approve immigrants' visa applications, sometimes against the officers' will, according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General.
The report details the immense pressure immigration service officers are under to rubber-stamp visa applications, sometimes while overlooking concerns about fraud, eligibility or security.
One-quarter of the 254 officers surveyed said they have been pressured to approve questionable cases, sometimes "against their will".
Senior USCIS officials said the pressure has heightened after the Obama administration appointed Alejandro Mayorkas as director in 2009, who brought the mantra "get to yes" to the agency.
The new leadership and career agency employees disputed over when to afford the benefit of the doubt, which lead to a whistle-blower investigation into a senior employee and ultimately the agency wide Inspector General Agency which produced the report.
At least five agency veterans seen as being too tough on applicants were either demoted or given the choice between demotion and relocation. These kinds of threats have caused lower-level employees to fall in line.
The report found that 14 percent of respondents had serious concerns that employees who focused on fraud or ineligibility were evaluated unfairly. The report also found that supervisors would violate agency rules by taking cases away from an unwilling officer and assigning them to someone else.
Recommendations for improvements in the report include raising the burden of proof and doing away with the informal and special appeals practices, which immigration lawyers would argue lengthens the process.
Immigration attorneys say that the process already takes up to two years. They also complained that officers already have high standards and are just looking for a reason to deny a case.
Immigration attorneys and proponents of immigration reform note the open dialogue with Alejandro Mayorkas. According to the Inspector General's report, this oppeness leads to the perception that private immigration attorneys were running the agency. The report cited emails in which individual cases were granted special review after private attornies complained to management.
Even more proof of government corruption. Of course, the Judeo-Capitalists are ultimately behind this. As we all know, more immigrants means more job seekers. And as immigrants are usually willing to work for lower wages, it's a no-brainer as to who will get the jobs.
Comrades, this corruption reaches into EVERY single government agency at EVERY level. This is precisely why the system is unfixable and needs to be replaced.
We are supposed to be a nation of laws. Yet whenever the government can't get it's way due to the law, they either ignore the law, find a way to skirt around it, or arbitrarily change it (whether it's Constitutional or not). This is not Democracy. This is Fascism. Democracy is rule by the will of the majority. A Fascist government rules to suit it's own agenda. When we look at the way the government operates these days, it's easy to see that we have become nothing more than a Fascist state with a few vestigial remnants of Democracy still hanging on - for the moment.
An excellent example of what's happened in America can be found in of all things "Star Wars I, II, and III". Palpatine spent years preparing to seize power. One at a time, he put his people in key positions, and he manipulated the economy into ruins to make the people more receptive to his promises of a "Golden Age" under his rule. We all know what happened. If you look around, that is just what's happening today.
The ANP recognizes the need for immediate change. We have a plan, and dedicated people, but we can always use more. If you aren't already an Official Supporter, what are you waiting for, just the right time? When will that be? After it's too late? If you are already an OS, but aren't doing enough, now's the time to act. People seem to think we have all the time in the world. How much time do we actually have left? For our Folk, the end may be sooner than you'd like to think. NOW is the time - before it is too late.