Is Land of the Freebie a magnet for foreign fraud?

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Drug tunnel being checked out by a Border Patrol agent near Nogales, Ariz. (Photo: Josh Denmark, CBP)

Has the Land of the Free become the Land of the Freebie and consequently a magnet for foreign fraud?

Various reports suggest the U.S. taxpayer is being fleeced as a result of foreign nationals capitalizing on freebies. How such fraud has impacted the deficits and the accumulated debt is anyone’s guess.

Bear in mind there is a law in place that is supposed to keep foreign nationals from entering the country and becoming a public charge or from committing crimes. These laws, like just about every other “immigration” laws, are not enforced. As both parties eye pending midterm elections, some in both parties including President Barack Obama are pushing what they characterize as “immigration reform.”

How Congress or the executive branch would decide to enforce any law is unknown because they choose not to enforce the law at present.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is one of a minority in either party who is putting the debate around this issue into common sense terms rather than propaganda aimed at appeasing advocacy groups. As an aside, we should ask who funds these advocacy groups whose objective is raw political power.

Every American, from blue collar laborer to the professional with college degree, is impacted by the U.S. open border policy. The U.S. currently has high unemployment, a status at odds with importing labor. At present we are also importing poverty and crime.

Bear in mind the following:

  • If an individual works in the U.S. illegally, or collects welfare benefits illegally, he must commit a crime to do so. Laws related to these crimes that are not consistently enforced include statutes on false personification of  a U.S. citizen, Fraud and False statements, Social Security fraud, and tax refund fraud.
  • The additional child tax credit is potentially funneling more than $4 billion taxpayer dollars out to illegal recipients, and the decision to do so was apparently made by midlevel IRS bureaucrats. Private charities help people obtain this money; ads are even run by major charities encouraging people to come in to get help filing for it. No documentation is apparently required by IRS to prove your child lives in the U.S.
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said document and benefit fraud “pose a severe threat to national security and public safety.”  Both are “elements of many immigration-related crimes, such as human smuggling and human trafficking, critical infrastructure protection, worksite enforcement, visa compliance enforcement and national security investigations.”
  • The government can’t seem to do enough for foreign nationals when it comes to freebies. See a list of benefits available posted at the Dept. of Health and Human Services. And make special note of the actual prohibition on nonprofits having to verify eligibility for those they help, often with donations from you and me: “Non-profit charitable organizations are specifically exempt from any of these requirements to determine, verify, or otherwise require proof of alien eligibility or status.  (Sec 432(d)) A state may not require that such organizations verify the citizenship or immigration status of individuals applying for or receiving benefits.”

One group of fraudsters even created a fake university, scamming a small fortune via fake documents and then exploiting immigrants who believed they were coming to the U.S. legitimately. The scammers got away with it for years.

After a new report was issued by the Dept. of Homeland Security, Sen. Sessions, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued a statement in response to “a statistical analysis of DHS data documenting the Administration’s vast and far reaching defiance of federal immigration law” [boldface added]:

“The evidence reveals that the Administration has carried out a dramatic nullification of federal law. Under the guise of setting ‘priorities’, the Administration has determined that almost anyone in the world who can enter the United States is free to illegally live, work and claim benefits here as long as they are not caught committing a felony or other serious crime. This applies not only to illegal immigrants who entered through the border, but those who enter on a visa and overstay.

American workers and taxpayers are entitled to the protections our immigration laws afford, yet the Administration has suspended these protections, producing lower wages and higher unemployment.

Congressional Democrats have empowered this state of lawlessness. It falls on the shoulders of Republicans to reverse it—and to rescue the rule of law for the American people of today and tomorrow. More information will be shared in the coming days, in light of the administration’s call to expand these unlawful directives even further.”

Welfare, the current antiquated and complex tax system, lack of enforcement of existing laws—all have created a nation of lawlessness leading to the U.S., Land of the Freebie and more often than most know, Land of the Fraudster. And it is completely insane to permit charities, some of them the most recognizable brands in the charity sector, to assist people in obtaining benefits they may not be legally entitled to.

Furthermore, when most politicos pander to groups they classify as “immigrants,” they don’t differentiate between immigrants and criminals, and that is an insult to people who come to the U.S. legally rather than in pursuit of freebies and fraud.

(Opinion by Kay B. Day/March 29, 2014)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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