Problems still abound in student visa program

Today my commentary is based on an article that appeared in Government Executive Magazine on July 18, 2012.  In fact, the title for that article serves as the title for my commentary.  The Government Executive Magazine article was itself predicated on a GAO report that was issued in June 2012 and bore the title:


DHS Needs to Assess Risks and Strengthen Oversight Functions

More Document Fraud: Nearly One Million U.S.-VISIT Visas Have Fingerprint, Name Mismatches

During the first year of my long career as an English as a Second Language teacher, one of my administrative challenges was taking roll and keeping an accurate tally of who attended and on which dates. Since the classes were large, I’d leave a sign-in sheet on my desk. The students would sign and go to their seats. But I soon realized that the same person used different names on different days. Their names didn’t always match their registration forms.

Fingerprint records reveal 825,000 immigrants with multiple names, inconsistent birth dates

An article that appeared on the Nextgov Magazine website on August 23, 2012 began:

The Homeland Security Department maintains fingerprints of every foreigner who enters the country to help prevent fraud, but 825,000 of those records appear to be associated with multiple individuals, according to internal investigators. The sheer number of discrepancies raises questions about how many immigrants intentionally are faking their identities to evade authorities versus falling victim to poor typing.

Mexican drug cartels fight turf battles in Chicago

A disturbing news report aired on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley on August 23, 2012 began:

(CBS News) CHICAGO - Gun violence is out of control in Chicago. Just last night, there were eight shootings, two of them deadly.

That pushes the total so far in 2012 to 351 shooting deaths -- up 30 percent from last year. Drug gangs are a big reason.

What have we come to?

The administration's new policy of using "prosecutorial discretion" leaves ICE agents between a rock and a hard place.  As law enforcement officials, they have taken an oath to enforce the law.  As it stands, the laws on the books state that illegal aliens are to be arrested.  However, recently, an ICE agent faces suspension for enforcing the law that he took an oath to uphold.  Watch the interview between Shannon Bream of Fox News and Mr.

"ICE Agent Suspended for Arresting Illegal Alien"

Generally people get into trouble on their jobs when they refuse to do what they are paid to do.  However, on August 2, 2012 Fox News ran a story titled "ICE Agent Faces Suspension For Arresting Illegal Alien.” Here we have the incredible story about an employee of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) who is in trouble for doing his job!

“ICE arrests 44 during 5-day operation targeting criminal aliens, immigration fugitives in Chicago area”

Based on an ICE news release from July 20, 2012, it would appear that the removal of any criminal from the streets of our cities and towns is a worthwhile achievement.  However, it is important to look beyond the headline; ““ICE arrests 44 during 5-day operation targeting criminal aliens, immigration fugitives in Chicago area”

An excerpt from that news release describes those who were arrested:

GAO REPORT ON GENERAL AVIATION SECURITY TSA’s Process for Ensuring Foreign Flight Students Do Not Pose a Security Risk Has Weaknesses

A news report titled TSA Let 25 Illegal Aliens Attend Flight School Owned by Illegal Alien on on July 18, 2012 was predicated on a GAO report, the title of which could be referred to as one of the most outlandish understatements of the year: General Aviation Security: TSA’s Process for Ensuring Foreign Flight Students Do Not Pose a Security Risk Has Weaknesses

Fraud: The Immigration Vulnerability That Undermines the Immigration System and National Security

Discussions about immigration generally focus on the US/Mexican border.  When the issue of the enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States is raised, almost always the discussion focuses on E-Verify and the need to punish unscrupulous employers who intentionally hire illegal aliens.

Thirty sought in illegal driver's license scheme

Fraud comes in two fundamental categories--fraudulent schemes and fraudulent documents.

Fraudulent schemes are generally criminal conspiracies in which two or more individuals enter into a business arrangement (such as a sham marriage), to provide an alien with benefits he (she) would not otherwise be entitled to.