Panel Discussion: No Coyote Needed
WASHINGTON, DC (January 8, 2016) — Those who seek to harm Americans don't need to hire smugglers to infiltrate the border when the legal means of entry are so vulnerable. The Center for Immigration Studies will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, January 12, focusing on those vulnerabilities and how to address them. Among the nationally recognized experts speaking will be the architect and former Chief of the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS).
Security requires better visa and immigration screening
Immigration has become a central issue in the presidential campaign and this panel will examine a critical part of that debate: how to ensure that those seeking immigration benefits – whether visitor visas, asylum, refugee resettlement, green cards, or citizenship – do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.
WHAT: Panel discussion on how to fix refugee, immigration, and visa screening.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th St, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Former Chief of the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate
Crocetti's career of administering and enforcing immigration laws has spanned more than 36 years. He served as the Interim Director of USCIS' Eastern Region, Director of USCIS (and legacy INS) Baltimore District Office, and Associate Commissioner of INS Examinations. He founded the Immigration Integrity Group, where he continues to advocate enhancing the integrity of this country's legal immigration system.
Fellow, Center for Immigration Studies
An internationally recognized authority on immigration policy, North has been studying the issue for nearly half a century for a variety of governmental and non-governmental agencies. He has testified frequently before Congress as well as before every federal immigration policy commission since the 1970s.
Director of Policy Studies, Center for Immigration Studies
A former consular officer with the State Department, Vaughan's areas of expertise include the visa process, immigration benefits, and law enforcement. She has testified before Congress on many immigration topics, including the visa waiver program, visa security, and entry-exit controls.
MARK KRIKORIAN (Moderator)
Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies
Contact: Marguerite Telford
Placating Americans with Fake Immigration Law EnforcementHow our leaders create fantasy 'solutions' for our immigration-related vulnerabilities.
By Michael Cutler
Therefore the Visa Waiver Program should have been terminated after the terror attacks of 9/11 yet it has continually been expanded.
It is clear that the overarching goal of a succession of administrations and many members of Congress, irrespective of political party affiliation, is to keep our borders open and take no meaningful action to stop that flow of aliens into the United States.
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The obvious question is why the Visa Waiver Program is considered so sacrosanct that even though it defies the advice and findings of the 9/11 Commission no one has the moral fortitude to call for simply terminating this dangerous program.
The answer can be found in the incestuous relationship between the Chamber of Commerce and its subsidiary, the Corporation for Travel Promotion, now doing business as Brand USA.
The Chamber of Commerce has arguably been the strongest supporter of the Visa Waiver Program, which currently enables aliens from 38 countries to enter the United States without first obtaining a visa.
The U.S. State Department provides a thorough explanation of the Visa Waiver Program on its website.
Incredibly, the official State Department website also provides a link, “Discover America,” on that website which relates to the website of The Corporation for Travel Promotion, which is affiliated with the travel industries that are a part of the “Discover America Partnership.