Fraud prevention has been the rallying call of protectionists who have called for clamping down so hard on granting immigration benefits that virtually no one will want to bother applying (assuming they could jump through all of the hoops placed in front of them). Despite lacking real evidence that fraud is a serious problem in our employment-based immigration system, the antis keep banging this drum. And it's killing our economy. In the 1930s, protectionists thought they were saving jobs for Americans when they imposed trade barriers that kept out foreign goods.
Today's protectionists are focusing on immigrant workers. But rather than being honest and admitting that protectionism is their true goal, they play the fraud card. The latest example is Senator Charles Grassley, the Iowa big government Republican who believes USCIS needs to be interjecting itself in to every hiring decision American employers decide to make.
My friend David Leopold, the president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, calls Grassley out on his latest antics designed to scored political points at the expense of American jobs. When more and more companies choose to ship jobs overseas, it's often because of the kind of nonsense Grassley peddles. Of course, this is the same demagogue of a politician who helped introduce America to the concept of "death panels" last year. So maybe this is not so surprising.