Emilio T. Gonzalez is head of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. As I noted at the time of his nomination, he has zero immigration law enforcement experience. If a guest worker/amnesty/massive legal immigration expansion bill passes, his agency will be responsible for administering it all.
In October of last year at his confirmation hearing, he told the Senate USCIS was in no shape to take on a new guest worker program because “the systems that exist right now wouldn’t be able to handle it.” Five months later in March, after a good talking to from his open-borders superiors in the Bush administration, Gonzalez had a change of heart:
The director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said yesterday that the agency is now ready to run a guest-worker program, just five months after he told a Senate hearing that the agency was not prepared.
Emilio Gonzalez said the agency can handle whatever program Congress sets up, in part because much of the workload would be outsourced to contractors.
“We have the tools, we have the personnel, and I believe we have the structure to adequately handle a guest-worker program if and when we get one,” he said. “Obviously, we’ll need some additional tools and some resources, but we’re ready.”
Gonzalez kept quiet before the Senate amnesty abomination was passed. But guess what? He’s piped up now and changed his story again. The Washington Times reports today:
He said his agency will need at least six months and maybe as much as a year to register current illegal aliens for a foreign-worker program — far longer than the Senate bill envisions.
Gonzalez slammed a suicidal provision in the bill that prevents information-sharing on illegal alien guest-worker applicants who are criminals and terrorists:
The Senate immigration bill makes the same mistake as the 1986 amnesty by restricting the ability of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to share information on illegal alien guest-worker applicants who are criminals and terrorists, the agency’s director said yesterday.
Emilio T. Gonzalez, whose agency would have to administer a guest-worker program, said not allowing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to share information on someone who applies means they cannot begin the process of removing criminals and national security threats, even after they are rejected from the guest-worker program.
“It is important for us to be able to act on what we get when we run a background check on somebody,” Mr. Gonzalez said in a briefing with reporters in which he weighed in on the Senate immigration bill, which would offer a chance for citizenship to millions of illegal aliens, expand legal immigration and start a new foreign-worker program.
Mr. Gonzalez said he hasn’t seen any deal breakers in the bill…
That’s not a deal-breaker?!
I’ve already reported on one known case of federal immigration officials granting American citizenship to a known terrorist because of the information-sharing screw-ups.
How many more?
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