Some very disturbing news and a reminder of how dreadful the vetting of key government employees and INS record keeping apparently is:
An Iraqi—born U.S. citizen suspected of being a foreign intelligence agent was employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to rule on asylum applications, including those from unfriendly Middle Eastern nations, according to documents obtained from Congress by The Washington Times.
Michael J. Maxwell, the former head of the Office of Security and Investigations at USCIS, is expected to testify about the Iraqi case and other breakdowns at the agency to a House subcommittee today.
Mr. Maxwell will tell legislators that the immigration system is being used by enemy governments to place agents in the United States.
The suspected agent, whose name has not been released, judged 180 asylum applications while at USCIS, the agency that also rules on green cards, citizenship and employment authorization.
A database check during Mr. Maxwell's investigation turned up national—security questions in about nearly two dozen of those cases.
Mr. Maxwell will also tell the panel about criminal accusations pending against USCIS workers and that top USCIS officials have deceived Congress and obstructed the duties of his office, the agency's internal affairs division. [/quote]
The suspect disappeared while on assignment in Iraq and the INS database is so bad we do not even know the names of the 180 applications he approved.
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