Immigration Control Union Sounds Alarm on Gang of 8 Bill

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The Group Of Senators Dubbed The "Gang Of 8" Hold News Conference On Immigration LegislationA second union representing immigration enforcement officers is sounding the alarm in a letter released to the media about the new immigration bill, S.744, being debated in the Senate. The concerns of the union largely mirror the same concerns raised by FrontPage Magazine in an exclusive report last week.

The union, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, represents about 12,000 employees in US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The president, in a letter dated May 20, 2013, raised concerns that USCIS has a culture in which managers pressure their subordinates to rubber stamp applications and this problem will only be exacerbated by the bill”

USCIS adjudications officers are pressured to rubber stamp applications instead of conducting diligent case review and investigation. The culture at USCIS encourages all applications to be approved, discouraging proper investigation into red flags and discouraging the denial of any applications. USCIS has been turned into an “approval machine.

USCIS has created an almost insurmountable bureaucracy which often prevents USCIS adjudications officers from contacting and coordinating with ICE agents and officers in cases that should have their involvement. USCIS officers are pressured to approve visa applications for many individual ICE agents have determined should be placed into deportation proceedings.

There is plenty of reason for the union to be concerned that tens of millions of new applications, to be created by S.744, will be rubber stamped by USCIS. That’s because as FrontPage Magazine reported last week USCIS has been involved in two scandals during the Obama administration in which applications were almost universally approved without scrutiny. Under the new bill, USCIS will be tasked with approving tens of millions of new applications, including the provisional status of all illegal aliens currently in the country.

Earlier this year, it was widely reported in the media that USCIS approved 99.5% of all applications generated under the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program, President Obama’s administrative DREAM Act announced in June 2012.

In 2012, the Daily ran an investigative series based on an unpublished Inspector General report which documented a culture in which managers pressured their staff to rubber stamp visa applications.

In an email, Alex Conant, press secretary for Marco Rubio, said the letter contained concerns that have been addressed:

We addressed some of their concerns in the committee mark-up that just wrapped up last night, and will address other concerns during the Senate floor debate next month. We welcome their suggestions for how to improve border security.

Senator Jeff Sessions, in a conference call with reporters, was skeptical of this assertion. “The bill does not do what it says,” Sessions said. He continued:

The standards for biometrics for the entry/exit system have been weakened substantially. Even e-verify has been put off and a completely new system has been ordered.

“Even though we are a nation of immigrants, and have an immigration system that needs fixing, this bill does not do that,” Sessions concluded.

This union is the second major union representing immigration enforcement professionals to publicly speak out against the bill. The National ICE Council, which wrote a similar letter in February, raised concerns that officers were being ordered to release dangerous illegal aliens because Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy has narrowed the definition of dangerous individuals.

Last month, FrontPage Magazine exclusively reported that individuals with as many as two misdemeanors would still be eligible to qualify for legal status under the new bill. Chris Crane, the head of the National ICE Council, testified last week in front of the House Judiciary Committee expressing his concerns, and those concerns included allowing those with multiple misdemeanors the ability to attain legal status.

Not only is the Gang of Eight bill legalization first, but it actually weakens and undermines interior enforcement. Successful reform must move in the opposite direction: providing ICE with the authority, resources and enforcement tools it needs to protect the country—and putting a stop to the administration’s abuse of power that blocks ICE officers from enforcing our nation’s laws.

It appears that opposition to the bill is gaining momentum. Robert Menendez, one of the bill’s backers, told Univision on Friday that the bill does not have the sixty votes necessary to pass yet.

Despite assurances by the so-called Gang of 8, most concerns of those who believe that this bill will not lead to the enforcement of the border have not been answered. Even though tens of millions of individuals that entered the country illegally will be made legal, most of the elements that caused this crisis will continue.

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  • κατεργάζομαι

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    CONGA LINE of Eight Statist FOOLS!

    ….they would sell-out Americans for 30 pieces of silver; – "Judas-pennies",
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    • κατεργάζομαι

      Who is behind the "Americans for a Conservative Direction" ?
      They state they are supported by both Ryan and Rubio?

      The "Americans for a Conservative Direction" are using Soros-style tactics of flooding conservative talk show radio with a faux "conservative" title when they in fact are espousing the antithesis of Constitutional conservatism.

      Rubio is initiating legalization of Undocumented Democrats who in perpetuity shall forever dog, antagonize & vote against the GOP. Rubio is inviting those who shall syphon off our tax dollars, and DESTROY AMERICA as it was founded!!!

      Rubio & Ryan's Americans for a Conservative Direction" and their supporters' are Statist ENEMIES of American Conservatives.

      • Adam's Apple

        re: Who is behind the "Americans for a Conservative Direction" ?

        The group, funded by Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, is perfectly entitled to set up this group.

        From RedState: "HAHAHAHA. Meet Americans for a Conservative Direction, the Latest GOP Scam in Washington"

        I’d like to introduce you to “Americans for a Conservative Direction.” It’s got Haley Barbour as the head of it, whose nephew was on the RNC audit committee. He’s joined by Sally Bradshaw of the same RNC Audit Committee. They’ve also got Joel Kaplan of Facebook, Dan Senor whose wife is Campbell Brown formerly of CNN, and Rob Jesmer.

        Jesmer, you will recall, headed the National Republican Senatorial Committee and backed Arlen Specter, Charlie Crist, Trey Greyson, Bob Bennett, and every other terrible squishy moderate to liberal candidate the GOP could field.

        They’re already bilking their donors for dollars to support . . .

        Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Yes, “Americans for a Conservative Direction” are using donor dollars to prop up sweet little Lindsey in South Carolina.

        • PooPoo Platter

          Breitbart: – Zuckerberg-Backed 'Americans For a Conservative Direction' Launches 1M Pro-Immigration Bill Ad Buy – http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/0

          On Tuesday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s political action group, FWD.us, launched a new ad backing the immigration bill pushed by the so-called Senate “Gang of 8.”
          FWD.us is utilizing an offshoot to push the ad – an offshoot disarmingly titled Americans for a Conservative Direction. Politico reports that Americans for a Conservative Direction will drop over $1 million to push the ad in states including Texas, Florida, Iowa, and Kentucky.

  • fanlad

    The 10 to 11 million would easily turn into 40 to 50 million when you add their family members.

    Quick take a picture, the DHS will strong arm and make this union pay for its disobedience.

    Rubio against the rule of law, glad he came out of the closet early. We already know who McCain is.

    • Cathy

      FLASHBACK

      Marco Rubio, 2009:
      “I am strongly against amnesty. The most important thing we need to do is enforce our existing laws. We have existing immigration laws that are not being adequately enforced. Nothing will make it harder to enforce the existing laws, if you reward people who broke them. It demoralizes people who are going through the legal process, its a very clear signal of why go through the legal process, if you can accomplish the same thing if you go through the illegal process. And number two, if demoralizes the people enforcing the laws. I am not, and I will never support any effort to grant blanket legalization/amnesty to folks who have entered, stayed in this country illegally.”

  • Cathy

    Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla
    Sen. John McCain, R- Ariz.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
    Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz
    Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
    Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.
    Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
    Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill

  • Cathy

    Michael Finch, Executive Director, David Horowitz Freedom Center

    Re:
    http://frontpagemag.com/2013/jamie-glazov/politic

    +++++++

    Mr. Finch

    Listening to your own words in regards to the illegal immigration issue (Part II – 8:05) … I could not believe what I was hearing. I can only pray that your words do not reflect the position of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

    Would the you be advocating a pathway to citizenship for eleven million Muslims who chose to bypass established legal requirements for entering the United States? In other words … a pathway to eleven million Democratic votes in 2016 … a pathway to destroy the American Way from within.

    A Pandora's box is being opened in regards to amnesty for illegals from Mexico. A precedence is being established. All nationalities are going to be demanding equal treatment.

    What part of "illegal" is not understood? I felt like I entered the Twilight Zone when I was listening to your position regarding the illegal immigration issue.

    Cathy

  • Cathy

    Reminder

    Rand Paul: GOP must ‘evolve’ on immigration
    1/31/13 6:20 AM EST
    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/paul-gop-ev

  • Cathy

    Reminder

    The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

  • fanlad

    Right on Cathy, career politicians selling America down the road to the highest political bidder.
    The open border gang rides again.

    Rubio, Flake, Graham, and McCain are commiting politicial suicide on this open border anti-rule of law assault, by siding with the radical D s. Common sense tells me you do not reward law breakers at any level.