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Fresh from CIS: Blame the Third-World Gold-Diggers

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Fresh from the folks who brought us “Immigrants Cause Global Warming,” the contentious Center for Immigration Studies is serving up their latest threat to homeland security:

Third-World Gold-Diggers.

Their words, not ours.

Walter Ewing at the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) explains what’s so twisted about the Center’s latest “factual analysis” in a post called Restrictionist CIS Twists Facts on “Marriage Fraud”:

In a report released on December 2, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) takes aim at what it views as an under-appreciated threat to U.S. national security and the integrity of the U.S. immigration system: the alleged ease with which foreigners married to U.S. citizens can become Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) and receive “green cards.”  

CIS scrapes the bottom of the intellectual barrel in terms of relying upon anecdote rather than evidence to derisively claim that “if small-time con artists and Third-World gold-diggers can obtain green cards with so little resistance, then surely terrorists can (and have done) the same.” […]

Any evidence of marriage fraud should be quickly addressed. However, the CIS report itself acknowledges that “there is no way of knowing” just how prevalent the problem actually is, and that most marriages “between Americans and foreign nationals are legitimate.”  Nevertheless, CIS somehow knows, though can not prove, that fraudulent marriage petitions are “prevalent among international terrorists, including members of Al-Qaeda,” and that “a substantial number” of undocumented immigrants ordered to leave the United States evade deportation through sham marriages.  […]

That’s right, they don’t have any facts, but they do have a really good feeling that they’re on to something.

Check out Walter’s full analysis over at IPC’s new blog Immigration Impact.