On December 18, 2012 the Washington Times published a story about a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report that incompetence and ineptitude at USCIS is so rampant that criminal aliens stay in the United States and obtain jobs in sensitive locations and participate in various social welfare programs.
The report begins by noting that of the one in eight aliens ordered deported who never leave, some end up working in sensitive airport areas and get benefits like Medicaid or food stamps. Others who should have been expelled have serious criminal records including charges for assault with a deadly weapon, drug convictions, extortion and child abuse according the inspector general’s audit. In total, 800,000 aliens are still living in the U.S despite deportation orders.
USCIS fraud and incompetence is a longstanding problem. The terrorists who attacked the United States in 1993 at the CIA and the World Trade Center on 9/11 all committed some form of visa and/or immigration benefit fraud. Had they not been able to enter the U.S., the terrorists would not have carried out their deadly attacks.
Eleven years after 9/11 and nearly two decades after the 1933 attacks, the immigration system’s ineptitude still compromises national security and local U.S. communities’ safety.
If the federal government can’t monitor 800,000 aliens who have been ordered deported but instead allows them to remain at large, it certainly couldn’t process an amnesty program that would include tens of millions of illegal aliens’ applications, many of whom would be unwilling or unable to document their true identity.