Beyond the bitter battle that is taking place among the GOP candidates, the Obama administration has to be enjoying one other thing: seeing the consequences of their policy decisions pushed from the front page to buried in the papers. This time, it is their new immigration policy, which is forcing immigration officers to process visa application even if the officers have suspicions that not everything in the application is on the level.
Higher-ups within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are pressuring rank-and-file officers to rubber-stamp immigrants’ visa applications, sometimes against the officers’ will, according to a Homeland Security report and internal documents exclusively obtained by The Daily.
A 40-page report, drafted by the Office of Inspector General in September but not publicly released, details the immense pressure immigration service officers are under to approve visa applications quickly, sometimes while overlooking concerns about fraud, eligibility or security.
One-quarter of the 254 officers surveyed said they have been pressured to approve questionable cases, sometimes “against their will.”
But high-ranking USCIS officials said the pressure has heightened after the Obama administration appointed Alejandro Mayorkas as director in August 2009 during an effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform, bringing with him a mantra of “get to yes.”
Internal communications provided to The Daily indicate that the new leadership seemed to fundamentally clash with career agency employees over when to afford the benefit of the doubt, culminating in a whistle-blower investigation into a senior appointee and, ultimately, the agency-wide inspector general inquiry that produced the report.
“Get to yes?” There should be no agency in the Department of Homeland Security with the mantra of “get to yes.” When American’s lives could be at stake and the Obama administration is just letting anyone in (either by forcing through visas or not securing the southern border) this should be front page news! Apparently in the Obama administration, visa fraud and letting in criminals is just something we should be worried about. Luckily, the House GOP is not letting this report slide:
House investigators will hold a hearing this week on President Obama's immigrant visa application policy following an inspector general report that immigration enforcement bureaucrats pressure officers to approve potentially fraudulent immigrant visa applications.
"It’s outrageous that administration officials would compromise national security for their own political agenda and gain," said House Judiciary Committee chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas. "The Immigration Subcommittee plans to hold a hearing in February on visa fraud and will investigate these alleged abuses by the administration," he added.
This is just another episode of the Obama administration being involved in pushing an agenda despite what the law might say because it is good for Obama reelection chances. Remember in August when they said they will now be “prioritizing” deportations?
What about last fall when he said he was going to pass his “jobs plan” with or without Congressional approval?
The Obama administration would like to forget about a pattern of behavior when it comes to going around immigration law. Anyone who thinks that these shenanigans will not happen again as we approach November clearly doesn’t understand the mindset of this president; a man who believes that we should sit down and shut up about his policies because he knows what is best for this country more than we do.