Posts Tagged ‘Immigration’

The Banality of Evil

The Banality of Evil

Over a year ago I suggested that the collapse of our immigration system could not have happened without the active participation and knowledge of local and state politicians. I cited the example of the Kansas City MO area which experienced a boom in US immigration workers handling the DACA kids and now likely the UAC. You would be surprised at the people and strange bedfellows feeding off the collapse of the system. For instance, how many of you know that Virginia houses many of the records of immigrants and visitors which are no longer housed at the National Records Center in Lee’s Summit MO ? Did you know that Virginia is the place to locate for the booming Immigration Law industry? Did you know that USIS the company which has botched thousands, thousands of government employee background checks, including Edward Snowden and the Navy Yard Shooter, has been awarded a contract by USCIS? Did you know that the Director of the National Benefits Center has deep connections to our local metro area and the contractor and legal community which has made a fortune from many Americans’ misfortune in dealing with the negative consequences of a chaotic and corrupt immigration system? Did you know that Director, who also headed up the National Record Center at one time, has been the subject of whistleblower reports of gross misconduct, corrupt hiring practices, destruction of public records and manufacturing of false records? Did you know the President recently recognized and rewarded the Director for his service? Did you know Congressional investigators are afraid to investigate or bring to light the stellar record of the Director because they are afraid of what they have already exposed or will expose in regard to classified government use of the immigration system? The government use of which is so botched and compromised that key government agencies no longer know whether they are running targets  or are being run by targets?

Now that the Administration and other “pro-reform ” immigration advocates like to speak of the necessity of fixing our “broken immigration system,” a system many of them or their political allies have made a fortune and/or a career in breaking, see the new head of the USCIS, (or for that matter the former Director who is now No.2 at DHS) it might be worth a little time focusing on the losers in the collapse of our immigration system.


The losers? First up, the Youth For Tomorrow.






On Deck: Charter Schools


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“The record flood of Central American children crossing the U.S. border is stretching funds and setting off improvisation at public schools.

While politicians spend the summer fighting over how to turn back the tide, school leaders across the country are struggling to absorb a new student population the size of Newark, New Jersey. More than 40,000 children, many of them fresh from violent, harrowing journeys, have been released since October to stateside relatives as courts process their cases.

“These kids were homesick and heartbroken,” said Robin Hamby, a family specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools in suburban Washington, which began feeling the surge almost as soon as it began three years ago.

Her Virginia district employs more teachers who work with non-English speakers than ever, and wrote a curriculum to reunite children and parents, many of whom haven’t seen one another in years. Houston is increasing training and translation. Los Angeles nurses are working overtime to screen for emotional trauma created on the journey north.”



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“The national immigration crisis on the United States’ southern border is now impacting Massachusetts.

Tens of thousands of children have come across the border on their own in the past year. Many of them are now finding their way to communities around Boston.

Chelsea is ground zero for this wave of children, many undocumented immigrants, coming from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

“There’s been a dramatic increase for us from January of this year through the closing of schools which was last week,” says Chelsea Schools Superintendent Dr. Mary Bourque.

Schools in this city are bursting at the seams. At the start of this past school year, Chelsea had 5500 students. They ended with 6200. 285 of those new students came from outside the country. While another 75 arrived through Texas and Arizona, home to the crowded detention centers where the children are being housed as they cross. …”


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Eric Cantor’s loss raises an important question – Are Americans finally realizing that they have been suckered by both Parties on immigration?

Maybe by exploiting children and creating chaos on our southern border, both Dems and Repubs have gone too far?




What American Politicians Will Do For Votes

What American Politicians Will Do For Votes

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Former KC Mayor and Current KC area Congressman

Mayor Parrish Meet Former KC Mayor and Current KC area Congressman Emanuel Cleaver


I once heard Manassas Mayor Hal Parrish ask: “What can local government really do about immigration?” After all,  he plaintively stated: “It’s a Federal responsibility.”

And of course, the mayor was right, to a degree, the Federal government is responsible for the operation and oversight of our immigration system, however, local governments and local politicians can have a huge impact on our immigration system.

Perhaps no locality in the country, with the exception our beloved Inside the Beltway, has had a bigger impact on the immigration problems local and state governments have had to deal with over the last decade than Kansas City, Missouri region. There has been an uproar recently that ICE has been releasing hundreds of criminal foreign nationals from deportation holding centers due to sequestration, however for over a decade the National Benefit Center in Lee’s Summit Missouri has been responsible for letting thousands, hundred of thousands foreign nationals into communities across America without criminal background checks.

In recent years there has been some attempt to correct problems at the NBC brought to Congress’ attention in 2005 and 2006 by a group of whistleblowers from the NBC but due to Congressional ineptitude, Media malfeasance and serious conflict of interests within the Missouri and Kansas Congressional delegations, what could have been fixed remains broken.

As the country debates the current Administration’s plans for immigration reform in the Senate, law-abiding citizens and law-abiding applicants for immigration benefits might want to ask why is the NBC, and the KC area which includes parts of Kansas, being ‘rewarded’ by the Administration and what role has Congress and your local Congressman or woman played in letting Congressional Pork once again trump good government, national security and safety of our communities?

This region is no stranger to the politics of Federal jobs and the strange and opaque economic relationships which they create, consequently here is an announcement that many local Northern Virginia citizens may have not read or seen last year, but they will certainly understand it and perhaps broaden their understanding of how hidden relations across governing jurisdictions, federal, state, and local can help explain why our immigration system is a mess and will likely remain so.




U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service  to create 800 jobs in KC area

Immigration Service to revive Overland Park building, add 500 there, 300 in Lee’s Summit.


The Kansas City Star

By KEVIN COLLISON      The Kansas City Star
Updated: 2012-11-14T05:21:42Z
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        The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service is adding 800 jobs to its already sizeable workforce in the Kansas City area to help with the increased workload the agency has picked up systemwide since a presidential order last summer.

Five hundred of the new jobs will be going to Rosana Square at 119th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. The 300 others will be added to an existing immigration service facility in Lee’s Summit at 850 N.W. Chipman Road.

All hiring will be for the agency’s national benefits center operation and will be completed within 10 months.

The new Overland Park employees will occupy a building at 7600 W. 119th St. That space was vacated six years ago when hundreds of Internal Revenue Service workers moved to the new IRS processing center near Union Station. The employees in Lee’s Summit will join the current benefits staff at the Chipman Road facility.

The immigration service already has a big presence on the Missouri side of the metro with about 1,900 employees. Most work at two facilities in Lee’s Summit, the national records center at 150 N.W. Space Center Loop and the national benefits center on Chipman Road.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, once called the Immigration and Naturalization Service, is the federal agency charged with overseeing lawful immigration.

Employees at the Kansas City-area operations generally process applications for immigrants applying to replace their alien registration cards, better known as green cards, or applying to bring relatives to the United States.

The additional full-time jobs coming to the area indirectly result from President Barack Obama’s decision in June to let young undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S. The immigration service began accepting deferred action applications for the program in mid-August.

At the time, the Associated Press reported that the new policy would lead to more than 1 million applications in its first year with about 890,000 people being immediately eligible.

The new Kansas City area employees won’t be handling those specific applications, but they will be helping relieve the workload the presidential order created overall at the agency.

The presidential directive applied to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. when they were under the age of 16 and are not over the age of 30. They must have lived in the country continuously for at least five years and can’t have been convicted of a felony, or significant or multiple misdemeanors.

Timothy J. Counts, a spokesman for the immigration service, said the hiring will roll out through mid-2013.

“We were looking nationally and it was the GSA that came up with this facility that met our needs well,” Counts said.

The salary range for the federal jobs will be from $27,431 to $41,563. Applicants should go to the online government job site, http://www.USAjobs.gov, and enter the keyword “USCIS” along with a geographic location such as Kansas City or local ZIP code.

Jason Klumb, regional administrator for the federal General Services Administration, said the lease for the expanded national benefits center at Rosana Square extended through 2021, and operations were expected to begin in mid-December.

“It’s great news for Overland Park and the metropolitan area,” said Sean Reilly, a spokesman for the city. “Overland Park has added 3,000 jobs this year and we’re slowly recovering like many other cities.”

Jim Devine, executive director of the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Corp., said the federal immigration agency has been a big employer there for years.

“Any time you can add new jobs in this economy that are good paying and long-term, that’s good for everybody,” he said.

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