The Administration’s Approval of Visa Fraud
Washington, D.C., Jan 20, 2012
A recent Inspector General report shows that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials have pressured officers to rush questionable visa applications even when fraud is suspected. The report states that one-quarter of the 254 officers surveyed said they have been pressured to approve questionable cases, sometimes “against their will.”
Such actions by the Administration are unacceptable. Visa applications are often the first step towards U.S. citizenship, and the examination process is intended to ensure national security by making sure those who come to the United States will not cause us harm. It is concerning that the Administration would seek to compromise both our immigration system and our national security in order to rush visa applications through the process.
Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Lamar Smith has said that the Judiciary Immigration Policy Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the report. I will be sure to share with you the findings from that hearing.
Also, you may be interested to know that I have supported the Secure Visas Act (H.R. 1741) that would help prevent terrorists from obtaining U.S. visas and allow U.S. officials to expedite the removal of terrorists and other aliens whose visas have been revoked.