Skip to comments.Immigration service reassigns several employees after hijacker visa foul-up
Posted on 03/15/2002 12:11:22 PM PST by OldeconomybuyerEdited on 04/13/2004 2:39:56 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
WASHINGTON (AP) --
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Since government employees aren't really elected, I think it'd be hard to pass some sort of "term" limitation on them. I do think that a few things would remedy the situation (not that ANY have a chance of passing in our Communist Congress):
It's starting to look hopeless to me. Our entire Federal government is designed to be a very legislatively-strong system - so all solutions to the problems we're having these days MUST come from Congress, in the form of repealing useless and/or outdated laws, etc. The Executive branch has very little control over what it is able to do to its departments, by design (it's bound to fully execute the laws which our Congress pass, it's not able to act of its own will, including the President, who more than anything, serves only as the head of the Military...)
Unfortunately, the Socialists figured out how to take advantage of this design in the early 20th century, and we have yet to take our Government back from them. As long as more Americans care about this week's episode of Ally McBeal than they do about preventing us from becoming the Soviet States of America, we're in deep doo, unfortunately.
Now I'm depressed again...
Fear not, the European Fraternal Socialist Union is still much worse off in this respect than we are. Something like one-third (1/3) of France works for their government, and that number's constantly on the rise.
(Thanks for cheering me up, though. Maybe we aren't as bad off as I keep feeling that we are... The EU is STILL closer to being the CCCP than we are! :)
But heck, let's federalize them anyway.
In a shift, the federal agency supervising aviation security has decided not to displace thousands of current screeners by requiring them to be high school graduates. After stoking high expectations that the federal takeover of airport security would lead to a new breed of airport security screener, one who was better educated and more qualified to assume a position of increased responsibility, the Department of Transportation has decided not to impose rules that would displace thousands of current screeners. Most significantly, the department will not insist that screeners be high school graduates, a requirement that would have disqualified a quarter of the present work force of 28,000.
The Bush administration, in the biggest contract disclosed so far in the federal takeover of air-safety programs, will pay more than $100 million to a test-scoring company to collect and process job applications from prospective air-passenger screeners.
Yesterday, a group of Congressional hypocrites held a press conference calling for guess what? Breaking up the INS. (Don't hold your breath, they're just waiting for this to blow over.)
"If we can find a way to move illegal immigrants into legal channels, we would enable the border patrol to focus on the bad guys coming across the border rather than the people coming across to work."
James Ziglar (1-202-514-1900)
INS Website: Their Mission
Maintains control of U.S. borders. The Border Patrol is responsible for securing the 8,000 miles of international boundaries in vehicles, aircraft, or boats, as well as on horseback or on foot.
Identifies and removes people who have no lawful immigration status in the United States. The INS also works with other Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to uphold the laws of the United States. Source
The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) says it has no plans to round up the 250,000 to 300,000 illegal aliens that it admits are still in the country even though they have already been ordered deported by federal judges - October 22, 2001
"You're either with us or against us in the fight against terror."
George W. Bush - Source
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)Federal employees working in the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) should not be held responsible for the visas that were mailed to terrorists, says the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).
AFGE, which represents 24,000 INS employees, is outraged and also not surprised that the Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), Inc., sent Mohamed Atta and Marwan Alshehhi student visas six months after they hijacked two airplanes and fatally flew them into the World Trade Center.
Representatives Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) and James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) wrongfully say the INS is to blame, employees and all, instead of the contractor. Tancredo called the INS completely and totally dysfunctional and the Mickey Mouse Club of federal agencies. Sensenbrenner said the mailing of the visas shows once again the complete incompetence of the immigration service to enforce our laws and protect our borders.
There are two worlds in the federal workforcethe world of unaccountable contractors, such as ACS, and the world of dedicated federal employees, said AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage. And, the only Mickey Mouse Club I am aware of are the Goofys in Congress who continue to blindly support the privatization of the federal government for campaign contributions and increased profit margins for corporations at the expense of taxpayers. Experienced INS workers who have been working 12-hour shifts to fight the war on terrorism should not be wrongly accused for a contractors serious error, added Harnage.
ACS, which is headquartered in Dallas, has over 900 federal contracts in 21 agencies that total more than $380 million dollars, according to 2000 figures. According to a corporate profile, the companys aggressive growth strategy has resulted in its acquisition of more than 50 companies since its 1988 inception, including its $825 million purchase of Lockheed Martin's IMS subsidiary.
And now we know the rest of the story
Actually, this is factually incorrect. They were granted student visas in the summer of 2001 (July and August, respectively, if I remember correctly). It was only the notice which went out to their school which arrived late.
Now, that doesn't excuse the fact that our bureaucracy is grossly inept and totally incompetent..
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