Tuesday, March 24, 2015

More Secret Dealings at the White House

Global agreement rewrites laws, erases borders

By Curtis Ellis

UNITED NATIONS – President Obama has a new vehicle in his drive to unilaterally change America’s immigration laws. And if he has his way, no future Congress will be able to reverse course.

A sweeping international regulatory agreement the administration is pushing to wrap up as soon as next month would place immigration policy beyond the reach of Congress and cement it in binding international law.

The administration is negotiating the agreement, known as the TransPacific Partnership, or TPP, with 11 countries, from Mexico and Canada to Vietnam and Malaysia.

The U.S. trade representative confirms a key feature of the TPP is “labor mobility” – a bureaucratic euphemism for increased immigration and so-called guest workers.

The administration hopes to conclude the mostly secret negotiations on the TPP this spring. It has asked Congress for fast-track trade promotion authority to expedite its enactment and prevent Congress from amending whatever agreement the president negotiates. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., are cooperating with the Obama administration to move trade promotion authority and the TPP through Congress.

Under the terms of the TransPacific Partnership, U.S. state and national laws must conform to binding, enforceable regulations that Obama has referred to as “rules for the world’s economy.”

The Obama administration has kept details of the TPP agreement under wraps, but the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement concluded by the Obama administration in 2011 provides clues as to what’s in the new pact. The Korea agreement cemented into law a visa waiver program that allows foreign corporations to bring an unlimited number of people into the country for an initial period of up to five years, with unlimited extensions.

One corporate trade association setting out its wish list for the latest deal declares, “The TPP should remove restrictions on nationality or residency requirements for the selection of personnel.”

Labor mobility is a long-held dream of the corporate elite. The Common Core national educational standards that have been controversial in many states also fall in line with the desire for increased mobility of employees, which the elite refer to as “human capital.”

When a worker is moved from one state to another or one country to another, the goal is to have a uniform set of global standards that would allow that worker’s children to be seamlessly moved to a new school district without skipping a beat.

The practice of using foreign workers is well established, and not just in high-tech and agriculture. After Jersey City, New Jersey, police raided a home that was illegally housing Chinese immigrants working for the China Rilin Construction Corp., the workers were taken to the Chinese consulate. The company is tied to the Chinese government and has contributed money to the Clinton Family Foundation.

In a 2012 Cambridge University Press book, “The TransPacific Partnership: A Quest for a 21st Century Trade Agreement,” international law expert Joel Trachtman says “labor mobility is an important frontier” in trade agreements “promising great opportunities for individual migrants” and “great welfare enhancements” for “developing country migrants” who could send money back to their home countries.

Every so-called free trade agreement since the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, has included rules governing the movement of workers, with the numbers and types of workers continuing to expand with each new agreement.

The trade pact Canada is negotiating with the European Union would allow corporations to bring in unlimited numbers of contract workers in a broad number of fields including manufacturing and construction. The TransPacific Partnership includes Canada, and the Obama administration is negotiating a parallel agreement with the EU. One could expect those pacts to contain similar provisions as the Canada-EU deal, as they are being written by the same corporate interests and negotiators.

The congressmen backing the TPP are some of the same congressmen pushing for legislation currently sitting in both the Senate and House to more than double the number of H1B guest-worker visas issued annually while allowing nearly unlimited student visas. The House bill is called the SKILLS Visa Act, and the Senate version is called the ISquared bill.

The Wilson Center provides a sense of the numbers in the TPP pact. Its study, “Barriers to Cross-Border Labor Mobility,” says “a global shortage of 42 million skilled workers in the near future will necessitate discussions and progress on the movement of talent across borders around the world.”

“Skilled workers” means high-tech workers. Guest worker visas, including H1B and L1 visas, have been slammed for replacing American tech workers with lower-paid foreign labor, often trained by the Americans they are replacing.

Sen. Hatch, in conjunction with Silicon Valley tech companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has been leading the push for an “immigration reform” that would allow corporations to bring in ever greater numbers of workers from overseas.

Hatch and the chamber are also lead proponents of the TransPacific Partnership. The immigration policies written into trade agreements like the TPP would allow corporations to hire personnel anywhere in the world while preventing Congress from placing numerical limits on the number of worker visas, a major goal of the open border/immigration lobby.

At a congressional hearing Tuesday, globalist interests pushed back against attempts to limit their ability to move workers across borders at will.

The TransPacific Partnership would not only allow the immigration lobby to bypass the legislative process, it would take Obama’s executive amnesty one step further.

By enshrining immigration policy in international diplomatic law, no future Congress would be able to change the policy.

Reprinted from www.wnd.com

Ben Ferro (Editor)


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Lack Of Integrity In The Adjudications Process Turns USCIS Into A Document Mill

Congress Has Fully Funded The DHS — America’s Biggest Document Mill

By Michael Cutler

The term document mill is used by law enforcement authorities to describe a criminal organization that manufactures and sells fake identification. Document mills are behind much of the identity theft that has victimized millions of people in the United States. Among the customers of fraud document vendors are fugitives from justice, international terrorists, members of transnational criminal organizations, and illegal aliens.

Indeed, many of those fugitives, criminals and terrorists are aliens who are illegally present in the United States.

False identity documents pose a threat to national security and public safety. Periodically law enforcement agencies, ranging from local police departments to federal agencies, conduct raids to arrest document vendors. After the raids are concluded these agencies, along with state and federal prosecutors often issue press releases touting their successes in shutting down the document mills that supplied the street vendors with the identity documents. These press releases often make note of how these bogus identity documents facilitated the criminal activities of those who purchased them.

These law enforcement operations are important, and the press releases often explain how dangerous fraudulent identity documents are, especially when they are used by terrorists and criminals.

What is not discussed is how failures at USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) enable aliens to game the lawful system enabling criminals and terrorists to acquire bona fide identity documents from our federal government in conjunction with providing lawful status to those aliens. USCIS is overwhelmed — its adjudications officers deal with an onslaught of more than six million applications for a variety of immigration benefits each and every year.

The lack of integrity to this vital process by an agency that operates under the aegis of the DHS is not being addressed by the administration and the administration’s unilateral decision to provide millions of illegal aliens with lawful status and identity documents. It will create an open invitation for terrorists and criminals to successfully game this already overwhelmed, inept and incompetent system thereby creating a national security nightmare.

In effect, the lack of integrity to the adjudications process turns USCIS into a de facto document mill, with one major and significant difference — USCIS is an official government agency and the identity documents it issues are actual, authentic documents that convey lawful status to aliens even those who are not lawfully entitled to such legal status. Sometimes these documents are even issued to aliens who game the process to acquire those documents in false aliases.

Management at DHS clearly recognizes the importance of combating immigration fraud, the official ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement Website) makes note of the significance of immigration fraud in this statement found on that website:

“ICE places a high priority on investigating document and benefit fraud. These types of fraud pose a severe threat to national security and public safety because they create a vulnerability that may enable terrorists, other criminals and illegal aliens to gain entry to and remain in the United States.”

Would that the adjudications process actually possess the level of integrity that this statement clearly mandates!

Incredibly, congress recently voted to fully fund the operations of the DHS including the administration’s soon to be implemented amnesty program for millions of aliens who evaded the vital inspections process to enter the United States Without Inspection. (The term “undocumented” ignores this obvious fact — these are aliens who entered our country surreptitiously.)

So much for congressional oversight! As I noted in a February piece at FrontPage Magazine, congressional oversight is actually congressional overlook.

Aliens who game the immigration benefits program to acquire among other benefits, temporary lawful status under the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, lawful immigrant status or even United States citizenship are committing felonies under our federal laws. The broad term is immigration fraud.

Immigration fraud is hardly a “victimless crime.” Indeed, the 9/11 Commission Report noted that immigration fraud was a major tool used by terrorists to enter the United States and embed themselves in the United States enabling them to hide in plain sight as they went about their deadly preparations to attack the United States.

While it is unlikely that the person who purchases a false ID on a street corner will be able to use that phony document to acquire legitimate identity documents from other agencies, the identity documents that USCIS, a division of the DHS (Department of Homeland Surrender) issues are known as “breeder documents.” These documents enable those to whom they are issued to immediately apply for and receive Social Security cards, driver’s licenses and other such identity documents. They provide the bearers of these documents with credibility. These documents enable the bearers to be legally hired — indeed, the USCIS-issued documents sail through the e-Verify process and these aliens have every bit as much right to work in the United States as a native-born United States citizens.

Clearly these documents issued by USCIS represent the key to America’s front door, also providing access to government and corporate office buildings and access to transportation systems.

The issue of integrity to the immigration benefits program has always been an issue of great concern with significant consequences for America and Americans.

It was known that visa fraud and immigration benefit fraud were among the vulnerabilities that made the 9/11 attacks possible. In fact, on May 20, 1997, more than four years before the attacks of 9/11, the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims conducted a hearing that was predicated on the two attacks of 1993 at the CIA in January and the first World Trade bombing one month later, on the topic: ”Visa Fraud and Immigration Benefits Application Fraud”

Immigration fraud not only undermines the integrity of the immigration system but national security as well. Indeed, the issue of immigration fraud was identified by the 9/11 Commission as a key method of by which terrorists not only entered the United States but embedded themselves in the United States.

Consider these quotes from Chapter 12 of the 9/11 Commission Report under this section:


For terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons. Terrorists must travel clandestinely to meet, train, plan, case targets, and gain access to attack. To them, international travel presents great danger, because they must surface to pass through regulated channels, present themselves to border security officials, or attempt to circumvent inspection points. In their travels, terrorists use evasive methods, such as altered and counterfeit passports and visas, specific travel methods and routes, liaisons with corrupt government officials, human smuggling networks, supportive travel agencies, and immigration and identity fraud. These can sometimes be detected.

Now you must consider this statement:

All but one of the 9/11 hijackers acquired some form of U.S. identification document, some by fraud. Acquisition of these forms of identification would have assisted them in boarding commercial flights, renting cars, and other necessary activities.

The point is that the aliens who have applied to participate in DACA and those who will apply to participate in the follow-on program created by presidential executive order, without the benefit of enabling legislation, will not be interviewed in-person and no meaningful field investigations will be conducted to insure the integrity of this wrong-headed program.

There have been a string of GAO and Inspector General reports about the abject lack of integrity to the processes by which aliens are provided with lawful status and identity documents without the implementation of this massive program that will involve millions of aliens who entered the United States without inspection. There will be no way to verify the following:
  1.  If the alien has not been previously fingerprinted in the United States or a handful of other countries it is likely that there will be no way to determine the actual identity of the alien including possibly, even the country of citizenship or criminal convictions.
  2. The alien’s affiliation with criminal or terrorist organizations.
  3. Date, place and manner of entry into the United States.
  4. Verification that all material questions were answered truthfully and accurately so that the alien is actually entitled to the immigration benefit being applied for.
Recently ABC News aired an alarming report, “The $500,000 Green Card; Are Suspected Criminals, Spies and Terrorists Buying Their Way Into America?”

On December 10, 2014 the Seattle Times published a report, “GAO will audit EB-5 program for investor visas” that noted that at the behest of Republican Senators. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Bob Corker of Tennessee, and former Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma the GAO will conduct and investigation into the EB-5 Visa Program that was the focus of the ABC News report.

However, the investigation will take some time to conduct and report on while there is no certainty as to what impact the findings will have on how this administration enforces and administers the immigration laws.

I’ve written several recent articles on the national security risks of executive amnesty, including one in February for Progressives For Immigration Reform, entitled “The Immigration Factor –Naturalized U.S. Citizen Added to FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List.”

But this has been a problem for some time. In June 2007, the Washington Times published my op-ed, “Immigration bill a ‘No Go,’“ where I articulated my adamant opposition to the previous attempt to enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform based on how it would have impacted national security. I recommended that this disastrous legislation be renamed the “Terrorist Assistance and Facilitation Act” because of the lack of integrity to the process by which millions of aliens would be granted lawful status and official identity documents.

Senator Sessions was in obvious agreement with my concerns. On June 27, 2007 the senator quoted my statements during the senate debate on the pending Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act that was under consideration at the time.

Those statements are every bit as relevant to the current situation as they were to the pending legislation back then. However, this is one significant difference. The Bush administration understood that the Constitution would not permit millions of illegal aliens to be granted lawful status by mere policy directives issued at the whim of a president, without enabling legislation.

The current administration does not believe it is so constrained and the Congress has done nothing to dissuade the administration of the dangerous and illegal notion that the executive branch can, for all intents and purposes issue edicts, decrees and policy statements that have the virtual impact of laws, even where national security, public safety and the overall well-being of America and Americans hang in the balance, without actual laws being enacted.

Because of the lack of integrity to the adjudications processes at USCIS and the other myriad failures of the immigration system that are all under the jurisdiction of the DHS that undermine national security and public safety, I have come to refer to the DHS as the “Department of Homeland Surrender.”

This article was reposted here with the permission of it’s author, Michael Cutler. The original article, published on line at the Daily Caller, can be found here. 

Mr. Cutler is a former Special Agent and long time employee with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. His website can be viewed here.

While insideins.com may not necessarily agree with all of the opinions set forth in this article, we find them to be very thoughtful and worthy of consideration, and I am hoping they trigger a healthy discussion on the InsideINS blog.

Ben Ferro (editor)