Massive corruption in US immigration services

I’m still trying to get my mind around the full scope of this problem, uncovered by the Washington Times’ Sara Carter. But on a first reading it strikes me as very significant.

A criminal investigations report says several U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees are accused of aiding Islamic extremists with identification fraud and of exploiting the visa system for personal gain.

The confidential 2006 USCIS report said that despite the severity of the potential security breaches, most are not investigated “due to lack of resources” in the agency’s internal affairs department.

“Two District Adjudications Officers are allegedly involved with known (redacted) Islam terrorist members,” said the internal document obtained by The Washington Times.

The group “was responsible for numerous robberies and used the heist money to fund terrorist activities. The District Adjudications Officers made numerous DHS database queries to track (Alien)-File movement and check on the applicants’ status for (redacted) members and associates.”

According to the document, other potential security failures include reports that:

Employees are sharing detailed information on internal security measures with people outside the agency.

A Lebanese citizen bribed an immigration officer with airline tickets for visa benefits.

A USCIS officer in Harlington, Texas, sold immigration documents for $10,000 to as many as 20 people.

There’s a second page to the story, with a little crossfire between a USCIS employee who says that some of the accusations are three years old and haven’t been looked into, and USCIS officials tossing out the bureaucratic line that they take all accusations against their agents and employees very seriously and are investigating them all.


Forgive my cynicism, but when the boss of USCIS is the Department of Homeland Security, and when its boss is Michael Chertoff, who is on record promoting shamnesty and regretting that its failure means that he’ll actually have to make a show of enforcing immigration law without “destroying the border in order to save it” (whatever that means), it just doesn’t seem like USCIS’ priority is going to be sniffing out and prosecuting internal corruption. Border security has rotted from the head down.