Dozens of rank-and-file federal immigration officials say their bosses pressure them to approve visas, even at the risk of fraud and security concerns, according to the news website The Daily.
The revelation comes from a new Homeland Security report The Daily obtained stating that high-ranking officials of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are pressuring rank-and-file officers to rubber-stamp visa applications.
More than 60 of 254 immigration officers surveyed “responded that they have been pressured to approve questionable applications,” sometimes “against their will,” according to the 40-page Homeland Security report. The Inspector General’s Office drafted the report in September, but it was not released publicly, The Daily reported.
The report does not name any officials, and it indicates that this is a not a new problem for the citizenship and immigration agency. The quantity-vs.-quality problem has been an issue since at least the 1980s, the report indicates.
However, it notes, the problem has only gotten worse since the Obama administration appointed Alejandro Mayorkas as director in August 2009, the report notes. Mayorkas was brought on while the administration was trying to pass comprehensive immigration reform.