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Dear Editor:

It's time the INS came out of the woods with a review of its operations and procedures over green card fraud marriages to a US citizen via adjustment of status. Up until recently, INS back-logged nearly a million applications for adjustment of status on the premise that all applications needed to "do time" to check for fraudulent marriages. This is preposterous that INS chose to sit on so many applications from people only trying to conform with immigration laws. I would like to see some INS statistics, which hopefully are in the public record, of green card fraud cases prosecuted by the INS. Maybe the following INS information speaks for itself. "Adjustment of status refers to the procedure that allows certain aliens already in the United States—who are eligible to receive an immigrant visa and for whom one is immediately available—to apply for immigrant status with INS. The agency’s adjustment-of-status application workload nearly doubled between FY 1994 and FY 1995. The pending workload of adjustment of status applications increased almost eight-fold from FY 1994 to FY 1999 (from 121,000 to 951,000). By extending initiatives implemented to boost naturalization production, INS completed more than 564,000 adjustment-of-status applications in FY 2000—an 88 percent increase over FY 1999 completions (nearly 300,000 completions in FY 1999). The agency exceeded its goal of completing 500,000 adjustment-of-status applications in FY 2000. " When INS backs up all these applications, how much of it is entrenched bias and how much of it is overload?

Neil Reed


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