FBI Name Checks And Mandamus
We wish to highlight a quote on the efficacy of mandamus actions with respect to FBI name checks by a government official, (for the full DHS Office of Inspector General report, see here):
Previous options that USCIS had for completing these four types of cases in a
timely manner were insufficient. Given their partially automated systems,
staffing level, and number of customers other than USCIS, the FBI's National
Name Check Program officials said they could not complete USCIS' routine
cases more quickly. The American Immigration Lawyers Association said
that lawyers have begun to recognize that filing mandamus lawsuits helps to
expedite FBI name check results. The USCIS Office of Chief Counsel
estimated there were 1,000 cases filed in the federal courts last year naming
USCIS as a party, of which 80 to 90 percent relate to security checks. This
"solution" may assist applicants, but the volume of cases consumes USCIS
time and resources that could be used elsewhere. Regardless, there are not
enough "expedite" slots for all pending FBI name checks.
According to the OIG report, there were 1,000 pending FBI name check cases in FY 2004. Immigration Daily has learned that the backlog since mushroomed to over 5,000 cases. Immigration Daily predicts that mandamus actions will likely occur with increasing frequency unless the Executive Branch delivers faster service on FBI name checks.
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In Steve Camarota's backgrounder (12/20/07 ID Article), was the Article trying to be intentionally misleading, or am I just misunderstanding the Article's use of Census Bureau statistics? If one reads the footnotes, the Article uses the terms "foreign-born" and "immigrant" synonymously. At what point does a person cease to be an "immigrant" and become an "American"? What Steve Camarota has done, is take everyone who was born in a foreign country and count them as "immigrant" so... my niece adopted from another country by my American sister and brother-in-law will never be an American but always an immigrant; my foreign-born husband even with his US citizenship will never be considered an American by Steve Camarota; my grandfather who immigrated from Ireland around the turn of the century (when few immigration laws existed unless you were Asian) is not an American but still an immigrant. Do you see where I am going with this? The US government considers someone an American when they are granted hard-won citizenship to the US, but Steve Camarota still wants to count anyone born in another country as an immigrant. This is a wonderful example of twisting statistics just by using two words synonymously, to fit a predetermined agenda. It has once again taught me not to believe everything I read, especially if it is packaged in a fancy wrapper. Ask questions and read the footnotes.
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