Crime & Corruption: Guide to America’s Immigration Crisis Introduction (Free Sample)
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Immigrant voters played a pivotal role in President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election win with Latinos making up 10 percent of the electorate, and voting for President Obama over Mitt Romney 71 percent to 27 percent. As a result, comprehensive immigration reform was anticipated to be back in the news and on Washington’s agenda. And so it is. It is President Obama’s “top legislative priority for 2013.”
Once again Americans have been hearing lofty rhetoric from politicians on both sides of the aisle declaring that America’s immigration system is “broken,” and how they support “legal” immigration and reform. Recently, senior Obama administration officials told the New York Times, “President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly … on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.”
But what Americans are never told is what “legal” immigration has looked like for the legal immigrants who have sought the American dream; who have followed the law in a “broken” immigration system—a state-run bureaucracy affecting America’s economy, national security, and elections. No one addresses how the broken immigration system has in large part contributed to the illegal alien/undocumented worker crisis in the first place.
And if Washington maintains its current modus operandi, it will stay that way. This is especially true now, after the GOP (Grand Old Party) lost the White House—twice. Now even some Republicans, who were previously against any type of amnesty, have had a change of heart and joined the Democrats to push through a path to citizenship as part of comprehensive immigration reform—at the expense of legal immigrants.
As Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) recently explained, “Policies matter. And look, the Republican Party does have a challenge. We can’t just be the anti-illegal immigration party. We have to be the pro-legal immigration party.” Senator Rubio has been calling to pass a series of bills which would include a version of the DREAM Act whereby children who were brought to the U.S. unlawfully would receive some type of legal status. Since then, some Republican senators have sponsored the Achieve Act, a watered-down version of the Democrats’ DREAM Act. The shift continues within the Republican Party, with senators like John McCain (R-AZ) now throwing his full support behind the Democrats’ DREAM Act and a path to citizenship for illegal aliens/undocumented workers.
Only in Washington can the word “children” be radically redefined; and no one in the media calls out the politicians. Babies are children; so are infants, toddlers, four-year-olds, six-year-olds, and ten-year-olds up to puberty. But babies and toddlers who were brought to the U.S. illegally can’t vote for eighteen years. One-year-olds can’t vote for seventeen years, and so forth, which is why these “children” do not benefit from the DREAM Act. In Washington, the definition of “children” has been redefined to include those “children” from sixteen to thirty-five years old. Is it a coincidence that this Washingtonian re-definition of “children” includes “children” who were brought to the US illegally who can now vote or will soon be able to vote? What about the babies and toddlers who will one day grow up and want to work legally in America? Who is advocating for them? No one.
Let’s be honest and blunt here. This so-called immigration reform is a vote-grabbing attempt to pander to the immigrant voter bloc, not an attempt to do what is in the best interests of America. It certainly contains nothing that resembles the rule of law. If America’s interests came first and the rule of law mattered, then the broken legal immigration system would have been fixed decades ago. Actual reform would have reduced if not eliminated the illegal alien/undocumented worker crisis. Let’s keep it real. Right now the Democrat party has out vote-grabbed the Republicans, who are scrambling to catch up. Don’t fall for the political spin. Deal with it.
This book is not a one-sided political attack, however, because both political parties are responsible for America’s immigration crisis. Crime & Incompetence: Guide to America’s Immigration Crisis is not about left or right, but right and wrong. This book will give you the information you need to actually fix the immigration crisis by exposing why it is so broken.
So, take off your ideological glasses here. It is time for a serious reality check.
First, let’s cut to the chase. Both Republican and Democrat administrations have refused to secure America’s borders despite promising to do so to get elected. Unsecured borders are an obvious contributing factor to the immigration crisis. The very fact that both political parties (under Bush, Clinton, Bush, and now Obama) have all refused to secure America’s borders should tell you all that you need to know about how insincere America’s elected leaders have been about fixing the “problem.”
Even Russia has recently stepped up its border security, in part to halt the massive flow of illegal immigrants from “former Soviet Central Asian republics,” and stop the “huge inflow of heroin from Afghanistan” that comes into Russia killing thousands of Russians every year. According to deputy head of Russia’s Federal Security System Service, Vladimir Streltsov, Russia is strengthening its border security by “replacing outdated protective installations such as barbed wire fences with advanced surveillance and monitoring equipment … Radars, laser control systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, CCTV cameras, night vision equipment, and other automatic information collection devices will be increasingly used to protect Russia’s 61,000-kilometer long border.”
In Mexico, “Illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison.” Foreigners in Mexico who cannot support themselves or their dependents can be deported. As of November 2012, with the bloody drug war between rival drug cartels raging on, the death toll in Mexico neared 60,000 under President Felipe Calderon, and yet Mexico’s border with America remains unsecured.
But the borders are only one piece of the problem. The other piece is how the Washington establishment is largely responsible for America’s broken “legal” immigration system, another factor that has contributed to the number of illegal aliens in America. Can this same establishment be trusted to fix it?
After reading Crime & Incompetence: Guide to America’s Immigration Crisis, Americans will learn the dirty little secret Washington politicos do not want them to know: how under both Republican (Bush & Bush) and Democratic (Clinton & Obama) administrations’ watches, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), formerly the Immigration and Nationalization Services (INS), grew into a dysfunctional bureaucracy that is riddled with crime, corruption, and incompetence.
Worse, the USCIS is an agency that is arguably an anti-legal immigration agency that still faces challenges processing legal immigrants (despite receiving almost $1 billion to modernize), yet somehow, magically, is expected to efficiently process President Obama’s executive order immigration policies—and potentially a “bi-partisan” path to citizenship, a.k.a. amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.
Newsflash: according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the USCIS has already spent about $703 million as part of their so-called transformation and modernization program for legal immigration—that’s about “$292 million more than the original” estimate and the dollar amount is still climbing. As the GAO report warns: the USCIS does not operate using “best practices.” Therefore it makes “meaningful measurement and oversight of program status and progress, and accountability for results, difficult to achieve.” 
This is the government agency that would be tasked to process millions of illegals?! How can an agency that cannot process legal immigrants competently be expected to process millions of illegal/undocumented workers properly?
What about granting citizenship to the legal immigrants stuck in backlogs and bureaucracy for years or decades? There are also legal immigrants (those on work visas trying to adjust their status to permanent resident/Green card) who have been paying U.S. taxes for years, including into Social Security that they may never see (if the broken bureaucracy kicks them out or the wait times wear them down). What about them? Who is fighting for the legal immigrants?
Ask the politicians who support comprehensive immigration reform to find out, and while you have their attention, ask them why the borders aren’t secure. By their fruits, (not their empty words), you shall know them. That would include most Democrats from President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), to Republican senators including John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), part of the so-called “Gang of Eight.” 
Here’s another newsflash: throwing money at the USCIS is not going to fix the problem. After reading this book you will see that the immigration system is not broken because of a lack of funds. The problem is always the same, and it has been for decades: the agency’s chronic mismanagement; leadership defects; arcane, arbitrary bureaucracy; and flawed, outdated immigration policies and quotas.
Okay. I promise. This is the last you will hear about politics.
In Crime & Incompetence: Guide to America’s Immigration Crisis—Americans will also get a taste for what life is like for legal immigrants living at the mercy of faceless bureaucrats, in a broken big-government agency that controls their destiny, freedom, and ability to provide for themselves and their families while stuck in backlogs facing mind-bending incompetence. While many Americans take their freedoms for granted (those that remain), legal immigrants stuck in a broken system do not take their freedom for granted because they are never truly free.
This book is a stark departure from my other books. Instead of a narrative-fact-driven book, this book is a cover-to-cover collection of open sources, sometimes from media outlets, other times from non-partisan government reports, criminal indictments, and selections from my prior reporting that shows the history of legal immigration since 1986 when President Ronald Reagan last passed amnesty (promising it would fix the system then) to the present. In every instance, with each bullet point and summary, there is an endnote with online links for you to go to the original sources to find out more about the problem or incident. This book contains my research from years of covering the INS/USCIS agency—while having to personally deal with it. It is a handbook of unvarnished information and resources that I encourage you to read near a computer (if you are reading this in paperback version) so you can easily access the original sources to find out more.
Once you reach Chapter 3, where the Broken Immigration Timeline portion of the book begins, aside from Alerts! (e.g., Corruption Alerts! Sex Alerts! National Security Alert!) there will be little editorial on my part, because the facts speak for themselves. Only by seeing the facts will Americans finally get a clear picture of the immigration crisis. Whatever you do, please do not let the long-serving politicians who have failed to fix this immigration crisis (or who are looking for votes) to keep on misleading you.
America’s future is in peril. It is a nation divided with fading freedom and selective justice. Do not be deceived; comprehensive immigration reform is not about compassion for the illegal immigrants—as you will see, Washington’s broken system helped to create them. Rather, if any type of amnesty, especially one that ushers in new immigrants who refuse to assimilate, becomes the law, America will become a one-party ruler nation (see Chapter 10: Game Changer). It is already on that path that will fundamentally transform America and it has been for years. This is about permanent political power. Tread carefully. For those with eyes to see, look at reality and put politics aside. If you want to honestly, lawfully fix America’s immigration crisis start by securing America’s sovereign borders, and by actually fixing the legal immigration system with sound policies, clear rules, and updated quotas. As a result, over time the illegal alien problem will diminish.
That said it is also my humble hope to help restore America to One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, and warn Americans what life is like living at the mercy of a state-run bureaucracy. Ask legal immigrants. They will tell you: Danger ahead! Warning! You will not like it at all.
Is the “broken” immigration system a template for America’s future state-run health care system where Americans may learn quickly what legal immigrants have experienced for decades: how miserable and devastating life can be at the mercy of faceless bureaucrats in a broken, sometimes lawless agency with no accountability, combating crime and corruption? With Washington in charge of Obamacare, the answer could be yes.
Now, welcome to legal immigration and to the world of crime, corruption, and incompetence at America’s immigration agency. These are the facts that politicians and faceless bureaucrats do not want you to know about. Come, join me, dare to speak truth to power, and let’s get this Washington-made crisis fixed right.
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1. Cindy Y. Rodriguez, “Latino vote key to Obama’s re-election,” CNN, November 9, 2012.
2. Ruby Cramer, “Obama Tells Hispanic Caucus Immigration Is “My Top Legislative Priority,” Buzzfeed.com, January 25, 2013.
3. Julia Preston, “Obama Will Seek Citizenship Path in One Fast Push,” New York Times, January 12, 2013.
4. Brian Bennett, “Republicans senators present DREAM Act alternative,” Los Angeles Times, November 27, 2012.
5. Christina Wilkie, “John McCain on immigration reform: Path to citizenship, Dream Act must be included,” Huffingtonpost.com, January 27, 2013.
6. Different versions of the Dream Act, the age for “children” begins at 12, 14 or 16. See Thomas.gov. or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DREAM_Act
7. “Russia to Strengthen Border Security,” Rianovos, May 28, 2012.
8. Jerry Seper, “Mexico’s illegals laws tougher than Arizona’s,” Washington Times, May 3, 2010.
9. “Mexican daily: Nearly 60,000 drug war deaths under Calderon,” Fox News Latino, November 1, 2012.
10. Government and Accountability Office Report: Immigration Benefits: Consistent Adherence to DHS’s Acquisition Policy Could Help Improve Transformation Program Outcomes, Nov 22, 2011.
11. “Marco Rubio: Immigration Reform, Latino Voter Outreach Not Just Republican Problems,” Huffington Post, August 29, 2012. Also see: Sunlen Miller, “McCain Tweets Support for Push on Immigration Reform,” ABC News, November 9, 2012.