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  • Homeland Security Cmte Chairman: Obama Admin is ‘Breaking The Law’ With Visa Waiver Program

    01/21/2016 4:18:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    The Obama administration is "blatantly breaking the law" with its implementation of the new Visa waiver program, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) argue. The terror attacks in Paris urged lawmakers to launch a bipartisan effort to strengthen the program. McCaul and Miller, along with other members of Congress, asked the White House to consider a national security and law enforcement waiver only for certain individuals intending to enter the country. They made this clear in their proposed Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, which passed 409 to 21. Instead, the...
  • U.S. introduces visa rules for travelers with Mideast ties

    01/21/2016 2:59:44 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/1/16 | Ben Ariel
    The United States on Thursday began enforcing new visa rules on some travelers who have visited or who have dual nationality with states considered seedbeds of terrorism, AFP reports. The Department of Homeland Security said would-be visitors to the United States who have been to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria since March 2011 will now always have to apply for a visa. This will be the case even if the traveler is from a country in the U.S. visa waiver program -- the 40 nations seen as friends of America whose citizens can visit freely. .....
  • Ryan’s Strategy ‘Keep the American People Safe’ Fails: U.S. to Issue Visas to 300,000 Muslims

    01/21/2016 11:22:47 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/21/15 | Julia Hahn
    On Wednesday, Senate Democrats successfully and predictably blocked what many conservatives described as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 56% 's "Show Vote'"on refugee admissions. It has been called a show vote because the Ryan plan, even if the President signed it, would still allow the President to bring in an unlimited number of refugees from an unlimited number of countries. Democrats' filibuster on the motion to proceed to Ryan's show vote comes one month after Speaker Ryan sent President Obama a blank check to fund visa issuances to nearly 300,000 (temporary and permanent) Muslim migrants in the next 12 months alone....
  • Iran Nuclear Deal Restricts U.S. More Than Congress Knew

    12/22/2015 6:45:27 PM PST · by Crazieman · 23 replies
    King Bloomberg's News | 12/22/2015 | Eli Lake and Josh Rogin
    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-12-21/iran-nuclear-deal-restricts-u-s-more-than-congress-knew Link only, per FR Rules. Essentially Dear Leader is going to run around Congress and grant visa waivers to Iran.
  • Foreign teachers flock to Mississippi teaching jobs

    12/21/2015 6:38:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    KHOU-TV | de | Kate Royals
    Link only: http://www.khou.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/12/20/foreign-teachers-flock-mississippi-teaching-jobs/77672386/
  • For The Confused Media: A Dummy’s Guide To Immigration And Refugee Problems

    12/20/2015 3:44:25 PM PST · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | December 20, 2015 | Wallace Bruschweiler & William Palumbo
    With the Syrian (so-called) refugee crisis ubiquitous in the headlines, the media has found itself dealing with immigration issues on a daily basis. Unfortunately, extreme confusion abounds. The media's total inability to draw basic distinctions regarding immigration to the United States, both legal and illegal is harming the public's ability to digest this important topic. Immigration terms are being thrown around print media, radio, and television that have no relation to the real facts or existing laws. The following is the dummy's guide to some of the most important distinctions regarding legal and illegal immigration to the United States. It...
  • Gowdy: List of Visa Overstays Should Be Sent to Firearms Dealers

    12/19/2015 8:38:15 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12-18-15 | Susan Jones
    Never mind the secret and mysterious government watchlists: The government could and should be sending its list of people who overstay their visas to federally licensed firearms dealers, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told two Obama administration officials on Thursday. Speaking at a hearing on foreign travelers and national security, Gowdy said three groups of people currently are barred by law from purchasing or possessing a firearms, including people in the country without permission; people who overstay their visas; and even, in most cases, people who are here on a valid visa. "Are those lists made available to federally licensed firearms...
  • Congress Votes To Fund Nearly 300,000 Visas For Muslim Migrants In One Year

    12/18/2015 9:47:20 AM PST · by Syncro · 98 replies
    Breitbart/Big Government ^ | Dec 15, 2015 | Julia Hahn
    <p>The House passed Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, negotiated with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) A majority of House Republicans voted for the measure, which fully funds Obama's refugee resettlement operation, all Mideast immigration programs, Sanctuary Cities, Obama's continued executive amnesty for DREAMers, and the resettlement of illegal aliens within the U.S. interior.</p>
  • Obama Admin Loses Potential Terrorists-

    12/18/2015 4:33:34 AM PST · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12.17.2015 | Brian Lilley
    Don't know the whereabouts of those kicked out over security. Thousands of people - more than 100,000 in fact - have had their visas revoked since 2001, but that doesn't mean the Obama administration knows where those people are, reports Fox News: The Obama administration cannot be sure of the whereabouts of thousands of foreigners in the U.S. who had their visas revoked over terror concerns and other reasons, a State Department official acknowledged Thursday. The shocking revelation came during a Congressional hearing into the vetting process for immigrants and those seeking visas to enter the United States. "You don't...
  • Feds can't say whereabouts of those whose visas were revoked over terror threat

    12/17/2015 10:46:33 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 17, 2015 | Fox News
    The Obama administration cannot be sure of the whereabouts of thousands of foreigners in the U.S. who had their visas revoked over terror concerns and other reasons, a State Department official acknowledged Thursday. The admission, made at a House oversight hearing examining immigrant vetting in the wake of major terror attacks, drew a sharp rebuke from the committee chairman. “You don’t have a clue do you?” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Michele Thoren Bond, assistant secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Bond initially said the U.S. has revoked more than 122,000 visas since 2001, including 9,500 because of the...
  • DHS Monitors Americans' Social Media Accounts, But Not Visa Applicants'

    12/15/2015 8:38:18 PM PST · by amorphous · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 14 Dec 2015 | Chuck Ross
    The Department of Homeland Security has operated a program to monitor ordinary Americans' social media discussions about the agency's policy directives, even though it had in place another policy prohibiting agents from checking visa applicants' social media accounts for possible signs of terrorist leanings. The agency's policy against vetting visa applicants was revealed on Monday by John Cohen, a former DHS under-secretary for intelligence and analysis. Now an intelligence analyst at ABC News, Cohen says that last year, DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson resisted changing the agency's policy against viewing visa applicants' social media accounts as part of the screening process...
  • Female San Bernardino terrorist’s body remains unclaimed

    12/14/2015 5:53:41 AM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 12/14/15 | Leslie Eastman
    What if Homeland Security has a 95% failure rate in screening jihadi brides? We reported dive crews were searching a lake in San Bernardino for evidence related to the terror attack that left 14 Americans dead.It appears that investigators may have located some: Divers recovered items from a lake in San Bernardino, Calif., where a couple who killed 14 at a nearby regional center Dec. 2 possibly dumped evidence on the day of their shooting spree, according to various media accounts,…Divers began searching the lake Thursday, and some items were recovered before the search concluded Saturday, but the FBI did not reveal...
  • DHS official Kelli Ann Burriesci grilled by House Oversight Committee

    12/14/2015 7:37:01 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 12 replies
    DHS official Kelli Ann Burriesci grilled by House Oversight Committee
  • UPDATE: Fearing 'Bad Public Relations,' Obama Administration Barred Officials

    12/14/2015 2:30:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2015 | Guy Benson
    UPDATE: It gets worse. ABC News is reporting that Homeland Security officials have been bound by a secret US policy not to scrutinize visa applicants' social media footprint because the Obama administration feared bad press over "civil liberties." This represents an stunning, intentional dereliction of duty -- all for PR: Fearing a civil liberties backlash and "bad public relations" for the Obama administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused in early 2014 to end a secret U.S. policy that prohibited immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas, a former senior department official...
  • Brutal: Trey Gowdy Takes DHS Official To The Woodshed Over Due Process

    12/14/2015 11:39:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Last week, the House Oversight Committeeheld a hearing on the terrorism and visa waiver programs. Department of Homeland Security's Deputy Assistant Secretary Kelli Ann Burriesci was asked to testify. Her testimony can be foundhere. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) ripped into her for giving scarce and I'm being generous with that term details on what process is offered to American citizens before they're added on the terrorism watch list for mere suspicion, not conviction, of being terrorists. "What process is afforded a U.S. citizen, not someone who has overstayed a visa, not someone who crossed the border without permission, but an...
  • Geneva prosecutor: 2 terror suspects Syrian

    12/12/2015 1:31:21 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    WCVG.com ^ | Dec 12, 2015 | Don Melvin
    By Don Melvin CNN Geneva prosecutor: 2 terror suspects Syrian Suspects arrested on suspicion of manufacture, concealment, transport of explosives and toxic gases UPDATED 1:55 PM EST Dec 12, 2015 (CNN) Swiss police have arrested two people with Syrian passports and found traces of potential bomb-making chemicals in a car as security remains high around Geneva amid a terrorism alert and a hunt for suspects, authorities said Saturday. Authorities have been looking for at least two people with indirect links to suspects in the November 13 Paris terrorist attacks. It was not immediately clear whether Saturday's arrests were linked to...
  • Obama Made It Easier For Islamic State Jihadis To Enter On 90 Fiance Visa

    12/07/2015 4:24:53 AM PST · by free_life · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 6, 2015 | Chriss W. Street
    ISIS can export jihadis to the United States–such as Tashfeen Malik, who killed 14 in San Bernardino–by going online and arranging 90-day fiancé visas for as little as $375. Since 2009, President Barack Obama’s deputies have streamlined the process so that it can all be accomplished completely online–without any face-to-face check with a U.S. embassy official. There were 24,486,536 tourist, business and other arrivals in the U.S. from residents of the 38 friendly nations on the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Since Obama took office, the number of visas issued per year to non-friendly, non-waiver residents has jumped by over 50...
  • Michelle Malkin: The Myth of H-1B Job Creation

    11/12/2015 4:37:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 13, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Every day brings new headlines, ignored by the Washington press corps, of U.S. workers losing their livelihoods to cheap H1-B visa replacements. Just this week, Computerworld reported: "Fury and fear in Ohio as IT jobs go to India." Yet, it remains an article of faith among Big Business flacks and Beltway hacks that H-1B not only protects American jobs, but also fuels miraculous job growth. The myths are recycled and regurgitated by the likes of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who claims that "foreign-born STEM workers complement the American workforce, they don't take American jobs." Bill Gates, citing the National Foundation...
  • Grover Norquist's strange alliance with radical Islam (Tokyo Rove touts Muslim vote)

    10/16/2015 4:27:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 32 replies
    New Republic ^ | November 12, 2001 | Franklin Foer
    ON THE AFTERNOON of September 26, George W. Bush gathered 15 prominent Muslim- and Arab-Americans at the White House. With cameras rolling, the president proclaimed that the teachings of Islam are teachings of peace and good. (SNIP) And he has done so to their mutual political benefit. During the 2000 campaign, Norquist urged Karl Rove to focus on the Muslim votepointing to, among other things, the thousands of Muslims in the key state of Michigan. By all appearances, the Bush campaign heeded Norquists advice. In an admirable departure from the usual Republican script, Bush frequently integrated mosques into his platitudes...
  • Rick Santorum accuses Ted Cruz of supporting �amnesty� for illegal immigrants

    09/25/2015 9:47:22 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 286 replies
    washington times ^ | 9/25/2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum vowed Friday to pursue immigration policies that protect American workers, while warning voters that some of his GOP rivals have embraced a much softer approach to the issue. Mr. Santorum, the runner-up in the 2012 Republican nomination battle, urged the crowd that converged on a hotel in Washington, D.C., for the annual Values Voter Summit to recognize that a couple of the speakers before him Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have previously supported amnesty for illegal immigrants. You have a lot of people that come up here and talk about how tough...
  • Ben Carson Fires Back, Schools Media on Islam, Sharia, and Taqiyya

    09/21/2015 12:54:46 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 39 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/21/15 | Pamela Geller
    Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson is standing by his view that a Muslim should not be president of the United States, telling The Hill in an interview on Sunday that whoever takes the White House should be sworn in on a stack of Bibles, not a Koran. This is one of those wonderful moments when the too-cute-by-half media cynically sets up a gotcha journalism moment to trip up the GOP candidates in order to knock them down. Its a media art form at this point. Not. this. time. This time it backfired, and beautifully. Because finally, we are having a...
  • GOP candidate Carson: Muslim shouldn't be elected president

    09/20/2015 8:59:22 AM PDT · by yoe · 45 replies
    My Way News ^ | September 20, 2015 | HOPE YEN
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says Islam is antithetical to the Constitution, and he doesn't believe that a Muslim should be elected president. Carson, a devout Christian, says a president's faith should matter to voters if it runs counter to the values and principles of America. Responding to a question during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," he described the Islamic faith as inconsistent with the Constitution. "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation," Carson said. "I absolutely would not agree with that."[snip] Carson's comments came amid lingering fallout over...
  • New California: Mass immigration is turning Virginia blue (Democrat)

    07/27/2015 9:27:49 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 27 2015 | Julia Hahn
    A remarkable transformation is underway in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The birthplace and final resting place of George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jeffersonand once one of the most reliably-red of red statesis being rapidly turned into a progressive stronghold. These changes are not the result of an inside agency, or a natural evolution in political thinking, but rather the result of one of the most impactful yet least-discussed policies of the federal government. Each year the federal government prints millions of visas and distributes these admission tickets to the poorest and least-developed nations in the world. A middle-aged person living...
  • New California: Mass Immigration Turning Virginia Blue

    07/26/2015 7:44:08 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Jul 2015 | Julia Hahn
    A remarkable transformation is underway in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The birthplace and final resting place of George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jeffersonand once one of the most reliably-red of red statesis being rapidly turned into a progressive stronghold. These changes are not the result of an inside agency, or a natural evolution in political thinking, but rather the result of one of the most impactful yet least-discussed policies of the federal government. Each year the federal government prints millions of visas and distributes these admission tickets to the poorest and least-developed nations in the world. A middle-aged person living...
  • Trump Plaza sister building is built with immigrant money

    07/15/2015 9:43:33 AM PDT · by Talkwire · 23 replies
    Immigration Attorney Site ^ | July 15, 2015 | Some Lawyer
    Despite what Donald Trump says about immigrants, foreign investment EB-5 funds (the Millionaire Visa) are building the sister building to Trump Plaza. Plus creating 1,600 new jobs. Full article here
  • How Chinese Students are 'Cheating' to Get into U.S. Universities

    07/13/2015 5:25:33 AM PDT · by tellw · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/13/2015 | Johann Nylander
    Ghostwrites, dubious consultants and falsified applications are being used by many of the Chinese students who apply to enroll at U.S. universities, according to a new CNN report. A 21-year-old woman from Jiangsu Province told the publication how her parents paid three consultants $4,500 to fill out the application, write her personal essay and compose teacher recommendation letters. The reason: Her level of English wasnt strong enough. I did feel slightly guilty but all my friends did the same thing, the woman said.
  • Report: Clinton State Dept Pulled Strings for Menendez in Pay-to-Play Deal with Dem Donor

    03/13/2015 12:11:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/17/14
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) supported a visa waiver for the daughter of a fugitive Ecuadorian banker in exchange for significant campaign contributions to the Democratic Party. On Tuesday, NBC 4 New York reported that Menendez, with express written support from Clinton, intervened on behalf of Estefania Isaas, who was banned from traveling to the U.S. due to accusations of visa fraud. Isaas is the daughter of Roberto Isaias, who lives in Miami and is currently fighting extradition to Ecuador for banking crimes and under investigation for...
  • Youre Fired Now Train Your Replacement

    04/28/2015 8:10:09 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | April 28, 2015 | Ian Smith
    What could get self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders and rock-ribbed Republican Jim Inhofe to agree? The two senators have teamed up in their support for an investigative enquiry into the billion-dollar utility Southern California Edison, which has been firing American tech workers and replacing them with lower-paid foreign workers brought here through the controversial H-1B visa program. And now the first lawsuit has been filed in response to the H-1B visa fallout at SCE. The plaintiff, Save Jobs USA, is a group of former veteran employees at SCE who after their firing were forced to train the foreign workers due to...
  • Is The Avenger's THOR an Illegal Alien?

    04/20/2015 12:23:13 PM PDT · by Talkwire · 41 replies
    Lipman & Wolf Attorneys at Law ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jakob S. Lipman
    In addition to being an alien extra-terrestrial, Thor is in the United States illegally, and is indeed an illegal alien. In the 2011 Marvel film, Thor arrived in New Mexico via the Bifrst rainbow bridge wormhole, circumventing well established border and immigration controls. He is entirely undocumented. Here are my thoughts on the matter as a veteran immigration attorney.
  • Reid says whistleblowers lobbing accusations at him are a bunch of whiners

    03/30/2015 2:28:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | David Sherfinski and Stephen Dinan
    "An inspector general called them courageous, but Sen. Harry Reid said Friday that the government whistleblowers who accused him of using political pressure to try to win special treatment for a Las Vegas casino were a bunch of whiners. ........[Homeland Security Inspector General John] Roth said the special treatment was brought to his attention by more than 15 whistleblowers an extraordinary number, in Mr. Roths judgment who believed Mr. Mayorkas was caving to political pressure. That so many individuals were willing to step forward and tell us what happened is evidence of deep resentment about Mr. Mayorkas actions...
  • The Real Reason Harry Reid is Retiring

    03/28/2015 6:55:49 PM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/28/15 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Dirty Harry is getting out of town why? He's afraid of a Republican Attorney General! A Republican Attorney General would be almost certain to initiate a criminal investigation into Reids abuse of his political power in a brazen intervention in the Department of Homeland Securitys (DHS) issuance of EB-5 visas to investors in a Las Vegas casino and hotel that was represented by his son, Rory Reid, as was highlighted in a report released by the Inspector General of DHS last week.
  • Top Homeland Official Alejandro Mayorkas Accused of Political Favoritism [Hillary's Brother]

    03/24/2015 10:41:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 24, 2015 | MATTHEW MOSK and BRIAN ROSS
    Top Homeland Official Alejandro Mayorkas Accused of Political Favoritism Mar 24, 2015 By MATTHEW MOSK and BRIAN ROSS Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tainted the image and integrity of the immigration program he oversaw by fostering an appearance of favoritism and special access in how the agency treated projects that would bring visas and Green Cards to wealthy foreign investors, a new report from the agencys Inspector General says. The juxtaposition of Mr. Mayorkas communication with external stakeholders on specific matters outside the normal procedures, coupled with favorable action that deviated from the regulatory scheme designed to ensure fairness...
  • Top DHS official shows favoritism to wealthy, Dem-connected immigrants: report

    03/24/2015 11:58:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department meddled in three high-profile immigration cases, giving special treatment to applications from wealthy and well-connected immigrants after calls from major Democrats despite the objections of career employees, the departments inspector general concluded in a report Tuesday. Alejandro Mayorkas, who was elevated from head of the departments legal immigration agency to be deputy secretary while the investigation was ongoing, also angered many of his colleagues by getting involved in the cases, and created an appearance of favoritism and special access for the wealthy immigrants, the inspector general concluded. Inspector General John Roth...
  • Report: Homeland Security Official Used Improper Influence

    03/24/2015 11:21:00 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/24/2015 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department improperly intervened on behalf of foreign investors in three cases involving the U.S. government soliciting investments in exchange for American visas, the agency's inspector general said Tuesday. Investigators said he helped secure the visas, and created the appearance of favoritism and special access. The investigation could not suggest a motive for the official's involvement.
  • Iranians Win 4,453 'Diversity Visa' Applications to Immigrate to U.S.

    10/18/2011 8:21:55 AM PDT · by opentalk · 60 replies
    Cnsnews ^ | October 14, 2011 | Matt Cover
    The State Department has awarded 4,453 permanent resident "Diversity Visa" applications to would-be immigrants from Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism that was recently implicated in a plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States.The lottery program for Diversity Visas awards prospective immigrants with the chance to obtain a permanent residency visa. The 4,453 prospective Iranian immigrants will still have to pursue their visa applications on their own, according to the State Departments website. To be eligible, applicants must have at least a high school education or two years of work within the previous five years at...
  • Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    02/25/2015 9:37:00 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 11 replies
    ABC - Nightline ^ | February 3, 2015 | Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk
    Officials overseeing a federal program that offers an immigration short-cut to wealthy foreign investors have ignored pointed warnings from federal agents and approved visas for some immigrants suspected of having committed fraud, money laundering, and even one applicant with alleged ties to a child porn website, an ABC News investigation has found. The shortcomings prompted concerns within the Department of Homeland Security that the boutique immigration program would be exploited by terrorists, according to internal documents obtained by ABC News. It is shocking, said Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican. Particularly when you have F.B.I. and other law enforcement agencies...
  • Federal Government Issued Nearly 5.5 Million Work Permits to Foreign Nationals Since 2009 (Illegals)

    02/02/2015 11:52:23 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 32 replies
    More than 5.46 million foreign nationals received work permits from the federal government since 2009, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. Data uncovered from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency reveal that approximately 982,000 work permits were given to illegal immigrants and other foreign nationals unqualified for admission, most of whom crossed the border without inspection. USCIS is the agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for issuing work permits and processing applications related to President Obamas executive action on immigration. On Tuesday, the Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill that...
  • Government Data Reveal 5.5 Million New Work Permits Issued Since 2009 [Extra, Unreported Permits]

    02/02/2015 11:57:30 AM PST · by zeestephen · 7 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | February 2015 | Jessica Vaughan
    These statistics indicate that the executive branch is operating a huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the bounds of the laws and limits written by Congress.
  • ABC-TV REPORT: Harry Reid Fast-Tracked Visas to Chinese 'Investors' (sub rosa system exposed)

    02/03/2015 6:47:25 AM PST · by Liz · 37 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 2/3/15 | DANIEL HALPER
    ABC-TV reports on suspicious visas being fast-tracked -- and the role top Democrat, Harry Reid, played. Officials overseeing a federal program that offers an immigration short-cut to wealthy foreign investors have ignored pointed warnings from federal agents and approved visas for some immigrants suspected of having committed fraud, money laundering, and even one applicant with alleged ties to a child porn website, an ABC News investigation has found. The shortcomings prompted DHS concerns that the boutique immigration program would be exploited by terrorists, according to internal documents obtained by ABC News. It is shocking, said Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa...
  • Federal Agents Investigating Firm Involved in US Visa Program

    02/03/2015 5:26:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 3, 2015 | By BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW MOSK
    Federal agents in Los Angeles are investigating an L.A. shipping firm and its Iranian-born owner who for years have participated in and promoted an obscure U.S. immigration program -- allowing the company to recruit wealthy foreign investors to receive visas and potentially Green Cards, law enforcement sources told ABC News. Whistleblowers inside the federal agency that oversees the immigration have been deeply frustrated by an inability to de-certify the company, even after they became aware of the investigation and saw the companys name surface in an alarming internal Department Homeland Security memo. The memo outlines concerns that Irans Revolutionary Guards...
  • Green-card sale: Harry Reid pressured Homeland Security to approve EB-5s for Vegas project

    02/03/2015 8:54:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Harry Reid loves the EB-5 program — and now we know why. The visa grants residency status for those who invest $500,000 or more in a US venture, assuming that the applicant can pass a background check for emigration. DHS supposedly prevents fraud and worse by conducting these background checks, but it turns out that Reid’s only interested in another kind of check entirely. ABC News’ Nightline did an exposé of the EB-5 program, showing that officials twist arms (or have theirs twisted) to bypass the background checks in order to get favored individuals into the US (via Daniel...
  • Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals

    02/03/2015 8:42:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 2/3/16 | BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW MOSK via Nightline
    Officials overseeing a federal program that offers an immigration short-cut to wealthy foreign investors have ignored pointed warnings from federal agents and approved visas for some immigrants suspected of having committed fraud, money laundering, and even one applicant with alleged ties to a child porn website, an ABC News investigation has found. The shortcomings prompted concerns within the Department of Homeland Security that the boutique immigration program would be exploited by terrorists, according to internal documents obtained by ABC News.
  • Fraud-Infested Visa Program Grows 700%, Illegal Aliens Deported In Absentia

    12/30/2014 2:05:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 30, 2014
    As the year comes to an end, two disturbing stories illustrate how the Obama administration is deliberately compromising national security by drastically expanding a fraud-infested program that lets rich foreigners buy U.S. visas and losing track of 96% of the illegal immigrants recently ordered deported. This is outrageous by any standards. In the first case, an obscure program known as EB-5 that lets wealthy foreign investors essentially buy their way into the United States has skyrocketed under Obama. The capital areas conservative newspaper published a distressing story this week that reveals the visa program has mushroomed under Obama despite its...
  • Obama Starts Taking Executive Action on Immigration?

    11/10/2014 3:26:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 10, 2014 | By Joel Gehrke
    President Obama used his executive authority to increase the availability of visas for Chinese workers and students, a move that immigration hawks regard as a signal that his promised executive orders regarding immigration are coming soon. Obama announced a new plan Monday to extend Chinese student visas to five years and business and tourist visas to 10 years, saying the move will boost jobs in the United States, USA Today noted.
  • Will Obama plan expose U.S. to more disease? 100,000 Haitians without visa

    11/03/2014 5:51:58 AM PST · by boycott · 25 replies
    WND ^ | 10/26/2014 | Aaron Klein
    An Obama administration plan to facilitate the immigration of up to 100,000 Haitians to immigrate to the U.S. without a visa is fraught with medical risks, particularly the spread of diseases endemic to Haiti.
  • Canada halts visas for residents of Ebola-hit nations

    11/01/2014 11:08:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 17 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 10/31/2014 | Agence France Presse (AFP)
    Canada on Friday announced it was suspending visa applications for residents of Ebola-hit nations in a bid to prevent the deadly virus from crossing its borders. Immigration Canada said authorities would not process any visa applications from individuals who had been in an Ebola-affected nation "within three months prior to the date of the application." "Canada has been a leader in the international efforts to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa," said Chris Alexander, Canada's immigration minister. "The precautionary measures announced today build on actions we have taken to protect the health and safety of Canadians here at...
  • Australia Won't Give Visas to People from Ebola-Hit Countries

    10/28/2014 9:19:35 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 31 replies
    NBC ^ | 28OCT2014 | NBC Staff Writer
    SYDNEY - Australia issued a blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak Tuesday, making it the first rich nation to shut its doors to the region and earning criticism from health experts and rights groups. Australia has not recorded a case of Ebola despite a number of scares, and conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has so far resisted repeated requests to send medical personnel to help battle the outbreak on the ground. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told parliament Monday that all non-permanent or temporary visas from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia were being cancelled...
  • Vouching for the Visa Waiver Program

    10/18/2014 10:41:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    We are in a dangerous place in the world, perhaps more dangerous than in the past 10 years. Thats what former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff had to say when he visited The Heritage Foundation recently. And with reports of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, often referred to as ISIS, all over the news, its not hard to see why. As Chertoff noted, terrorist groups have proliferated from Africa east to Afghanistan. Frightening images of beheadings and other forms of graphic violence are all too common. And news that some Americans have gone to the Middle East...
  • Dictator H. chavez's personal Arab Hezbollah minister

    10/07/2012 2:28:40 PM PDT · by Milagros · 11 replies
    Venezuelas Tarek El-Aissami The Americas Report | Oct 03, 2008 By Nicole Ferrand [...] Mr. El - Aissami is a Venezuelan national of Syrian descent who, before becoming Minster of Interior and Justice, occupied the position of Deputy Interior Minister for Public Security. His father, Carlos Aissami, is the head of the Venezuelan branch of the Iraqi Baath political party. Before the invasion of Iraq, he held a press conference in which he described himself as a Taliban and called Osama Bin Laden, "the great Mujahedeen, Sheik Osama bin Laden." Tarek's great-uncle Shibli el-Aissami was a prominent ideologist and...
  • Ebola Outbreak-Relief Measures to Nationals of Ebola Affected Countries

    10/13/2014 10:12:40 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 15 replies
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ^ | August 15, 2014 | Obama's U.S. Executive Branch
    Release Date: August 15, 2014 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. USCIS offers relief measures to nationals of those three countries who are currently in the United States. Immigration relief measures that may be available if requested include: Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even if the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired; Extension of certain grants of parole made by USCIS; Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing...