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Immigration Reform: Caught with their pants down

Think back to the McCain-Kennedy SHAMnesty legislation …

How many readers remember the Bush-McCain-Kennedy SHAMnesty legislation which was called the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, or, by its full name, the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007?” 

And how many people remember the multi-part procedure for obtaining Legal Permanent Residence (LPR) status which featured registration documents which could be immediately issued and used to stop deportation proceedings if the Department of Homeland Security couldn’t produce any “disqualifying” factors within twenty-four hours?

No matter what the government said, these documents would have immediately provided each and every illegal alien applicant, including violent criminals and drug dealers, with legal standing in United States Courts – thus insuring that they could not be deported without a full hearing.

And now we are finding that the Department of State would have never been able to process the mass of paperwork arising from 12-20 million illegal aliens in a timely manner. Which should come as no particular surprise to those following the antics of our Congress and Administration.

The real truth emerges and it is not pretty …

The Government Accountability Office has just released a report which finds that the Department of State (State) “was unprepared for the record number of passport applications it received in 2007, leading to significant delays in passport processing.”

“State underestimated the increase in demand and consequently was not able to provide enough notice to the financial agent it uses for passport application payment processing for the agent to prepare for the increased workload, further adding to delays.”

“As a result, reported wait times reached 10 to 12 weeks in the summer of 2007—more than double the normal wait—with hundreds of thousands of passports taking significantly longer. State had difficulty tracking individual applications and failed to effectively measure or communicate to applicants the total expected wait times, prompting many to re-apply and further straining State’s processing capacity.”

The future …

“Although State has taken steps to improve its ability to respond to near-term surges in passport demand, it lacks a comprehensive strategy to improve long-term passport operations. State previously identified several deficiencies limiting the efficiency and effectiveness of passport operations, such as reliance on a paper-based work flow and ineffective communications, and these deficiencies were exposed by State’s response to the surge. While State also identified a framework to guide its modernization efforts, it does not have a comprehensive plan to prioritize and synchronize improvements to its passport operations.

So, the government admits that they were not prepared to handle the routine flow of passport applications – and thus makes it abundantly clear that they could have never processed the number of illegal alien visa applications necessary to insure that the comprehensive immigration reform program would be successful. Thus, in a perverse way, insuring those who did the right thing in applying for passports would be overwhelmed by the masses who simply broke into our America.

What can YOU do?

Realize that our government is more open than most; not specifically hiding critical documents from the public, but burying them in a mass of words and paper that prevents easy discovery. Immoral: yes, illegal: no. 

Demand that before any comprehensive immigration reform is introduced in Congress: that the borders be secured; that DHS (Department of Homeland Security) can reliably track incoming and outgoing travelers so as to identify those who overstayed their visas and who are subject to immediate deportation; the FBI and other law enforcement agencies can be queried for electronic background checks and that the Department of State can actually process the necessary paperwork on a timely basis.

Demand that before any comprehensive immigration reform is introduced in Congress, that the probationary period – the period after the visa application and prior to the issuance of formal documents contain no limitations on the time required to perform preliminary background checks unlike the previous SHAMnesty legislation which provided that the preliminary documents be issued if the DHS found no “disqualifying” factors within 24 hours. A ludicrous assertion as most illegal aliens have bogus identification and social security documents, multiple aliases and little or no biometric information on file with law enforcement to adequately identify the criminals among us.

Demand that your elected officials insure that all government agencies are prepared to handle the volume of transactions necessary to ensure security within the United States during the “open enrollment” period. With penalties including the removal of senior management should the agencies fail to perform to expectations. I am a great believer in the SAC (Strategic Air Command) method of government where failure nor forgiveness are not operational policies.

Acknowledge the difficult work of the Government Accountability Office at a time when almost everyone in government would rather bury their mistakes under mounds of paperwork than openly admit they need further assistance in achieving their mission.

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

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Reference Links:

State Department:  Comprehensive Strategy Needed to Improve Passport Operations – 1 page summary|GAO

State Department:  Comprehensive Strategy Needed to Improve Passport Operations – 51 page full report|GAO

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007|Wikipedia

Fact Sheet: Immigration Fact Check: Responding to Key Myths|The White House

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