A Broken Immigration System

And the “fix” that would make it much worse.

While politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties may have differences on some issues, you may be shocked to know that there is clear evidence that the leadership of both parties favor the continuation of the immigration crisis caused by the dysfunctional “broken” immigration system.

Americans have been duped into believing immigration is a “Left” vs “Right” issue when leadership of both parties essentially want the same thing.

Nancy Pelosi outrageously claimed that “DREAMERs are the best of the best of the best during a lengthy tirade.  However, on April 17, 2018 Breitbart reported, ‘DREAMers Are Among Our Best and Brightest:’ Koch Brothers to Push Amnesty with Seven-Figure Ad Campaign.

That article began with the following statement:

Pro-mass immigration GOP megadonor billionaires the Koch brothers are set to release a seven-figure ad campaign to push amnesty for millions of illegal aliens in the United States, just months ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

The Koch brothers are hardly they only “Conservative” campaign contributors who take this anti-American position.

As I have noted in previous articles, politicians are not unlike magicians who promise to cut their lovely assistants in half.

The magician knows that if they makes good on that promise, they will go to prison for a long, long time and, even if they are ever let out of jail, no one will ever work with them again.  

Therefore they know that they must only create the illusion of cutting their assistant in half without harming a single hair on her beautiful head.

Politicians know, full well, that the great majority of their constituents want our borders to be secured against illegal entry and our immigration laws to be enforced fairly but effectively.

Therefore they promise to achieve both of those goals.  They also know that their globalist campaign contributor such as the Koch brothers ultimately want to dump an unlimited supply of foreign exploitable workers on America along with a huge number of foreign students and a limitless number of foreign tourists.

Political “leaders” have craftily convinced Americans that since “we cannot arrest all 11 million illegal aliens” (there are probably 30 or 40 million illegal aliens in the U.S. today) we must provide them with lawful status to get them out of “the shadows.”

In a staged battle, the Democrats insist that these unknown millions of illegal aliens must be granted U.S. citizenship while the “hard-line” Republicans demand that no citizenship be provided to these aliens “only” lawful status so that they can work.

The vast majority of illegal aliens who violate our immigration laws do so in order to work and send money back to their families in their home countries.  The position of both parties encourages millions of illegal aliens to head for the United States embolden by those statements.

I addressed this in an article I wrote awhile back, Immigration Failure - By Design.

That false argument about how there are simply too many illegal aliens to arrest them all is a smoke screen.  There is no other area of law enforcement where politicians and their chiefs of police wave what is essentially the white flag of surrender.  The IRS certainly processes more tax returns than there are illegal aliens in the United States.  However, the IRS never says that there are just too many returns to weed out the fraud and punish the tax cheats.

There are many more motorists with cell phones than there are illegal aliens, yet no one ever says that there are too many such motorists for police to crack down on drivers who text while driving.

If our leaders actually wanted to end the immigration crisis, the logical step would be to greatly increase the number of ICE agents to increase the likelihood that aliens who violate the immigration laws or fail to show up for deportation hearings will be found, arrested, prosecuted and/or deported.

For decades the missing component of immigration law enforcement has been the enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States.

In point of fact, page 54 of the official report, 911 and Terrorist Travel  included the following paragraph under the heading “3.2 Terrorist Travel Tactics by Plot.”

Thus, abuse of the immigration system and a lack of interior immigration enforcement were unwittingly working together to support terrorist activity. It would remain largely unknown, since no agency of the United States government analyzed terrorist travel patterns until after 911. This lack of attention meant that critical opportunities to disrupt terrorist travel and, therefore, deadly terrorist operations were missed.

Indeed, I would argue that hiring thousands of additional ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Agents is as important and would be as effective or, perhaps even more effective, than constructing a wall along the U.S./Mexican border.

That is not to say that we should not construct that wall, only that an issue of at least equal importance has been intentionally avoided.

While there is much justifiable consternation over the outrageous and illegal sanctuary policies that have been implemented by hundreds of mayors and some governors, including Governor Brown of California and, to an extent, Governor Cuomo of New York, the abject lack of ICE agents creates a de facto sanctuary for illegal aliens throughout the United States.  

Nearly half of all illegal aliens did not evade the inspections process at ports of entry by running the border.  They entered the United States through ports of entry and then, in one way or another went on to violate the terms of their admission, including, in by committing felonies.

Most of the terrorists who have, to date have either carried out attacks or attempted to carry out attacks entered the United States via the inspections process at ports of entry.

There are currently about 6,000 ICE agents and half of the them are conducting investigations into Customs law violations and other such issues that have nothing to do with immigration.

ICE agents are not only tasked with locating and arresting illegal aliens but also in conducting investigations into immigration fraud, the intentional hiring of illegal aliens by unscrupulous employers and participating in various task forces such as the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force (where I was assigned for the last ten years of my career with the former INS).

Immigration fraud enables aliens to enter the United States by concealing material facts that would bar their entry.  Immigration fraud has enabled terrorists to carry out attacks in the United States.  

An alien who has been granted lawful immigrant status and/or U.S. citizenship by committing fraud cannot be stopped by a wall on the border.  

Much has been made about the need to implement mandatory E-Verify, and indeed, it must be made mandatory.  However, without an adequate number of ICE agents to conduct field investigations crooked employers who hire illegal aliens “off the books” will go undiscovered and unpunished.

A December 5, 2016 CRS (Congressional Research Service) report, Membership of the 114th Congress: A Profile that stated that as of the date of that report, 151 members of the House of Representatives and 51 United States Senators were lawyers.

A number of those lawyers, from both political parties, have practiced immigration law and have held or currently hold pivotal position in the Congress including those who chair or have chaired

important committees and subcommittees that have oversight over the enforcement and administration of our nation’s immigration laws.

It has been said that “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”

For lawyers, a flood of illegal aliens is not a problem but an opportunity.  Those aliens are all potential clients of immigration attorneys.  

Comprehensive Immigration Reform would have required certain attorney fees to have been paid by federal funds.  Some folks naively and foolishly, concluded that this was to “pander to illegal aliens.”  This was done to make certain that the attorneys who would represent those illegal aliens would have gotten paid.

I would call this a conflict of interest.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as its name implies, is the organization that represents attorneys who practice immigration laws.  The AILA website, as you might expect, has a variety of links.  One of the links is Stop Immigration Fraud

You would imagine lawyers would be concerned about clients attempting to commit immigration fraud, after all, immigration fraud is a felony and, as I have noted in my testimony at congressional hearings, as well as in many of my articles, such as, Immigration Fraud: Lies That Kill such fraud not only undermines the integrity of the immigration system but undermines national security and public safety.  

However, contrary to what we might expect, that link has nothing to do with aliens defrauding the immigration system but with concerns that some notaries public practice immigration law although they are not lawyers.  In fact, that section of the AILA website has the heading, Stop Notario Fraud! (Notario is the Spanish term for notary.)

Another interesting link on the AILA website addresses legal strategies to deal with the Trump administration’s Executive Orders concerning “Hire American” policies that will likely make it more difficult for lawyers to displace American workers.  That link relates to an upcoming seminar: “Buy American, Hire American” Update  5/1/2018.

“Bi-partisan immigration reform” means Americans will get hammered by both parties.