DHS Issued Green Card to 9/11 Victim–Last Week

Michelle Malkin is on a roll with exclusive reports. Today, she tells us that the Department of Homeland Security on January 15 sent a letter to Eugueni Kniazev informing him he had been granted permanent residency. Unfortunately, Kniazev was killed 3-1/2 years ago in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Malkin uses this to illustrate that:

* The nation’s various fingerprint databases still have not been integrated because of bickering among FBI, State Department and DHS officials. Most visitors entering the country still aren’t thoroughly screened for terrorist or criminal ties.

* There is still no system in place for notifying investigators about stolen passports, which led the DHS inspector general to conclude last month that foreigners using fraudulent documents have “little reason to fear being caught.”

* The long-delayed entry-exit tracking system for foreign visitors — in the works for nearly a decade — has still not been implemented fully.

* There is still no systematic tracking of illegal alien felons.

* And while millions of legal applicants deal with paperwork backlogs and mishaps that take years to resolve, the White House supports granting “temporary guest worker” status to upward of 20 million illegal aliens — a move that rank-and-file officers say will lead to rampant fraud and even greater bureaucratic overload.

Bill at INDC Journal and John Hinderacker have more. The latter makes this observation:

I think we can safely assume that Mr. Kniazev applied for the change in his immigration status when he was still alive. Which means that it took the INS three and a half years, at a minimum, to respond to his request. And we know that wasn’t because they were conducting such a thorough investigation. Can you imagine any enterprise outside the federal government where a person makes a request, three and a half years go by before the request is finally responded to, and this is considered acceptable performance?

Aside from the United Nations? No.

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  1. DC Loser says:

    Anyone who has dealt with the old INS and its successor knows what it’s like to descend into the 9th ring of hell. They treat their “customers” in that manner because they can get away with it. It is scandalous how it has, and continues to operate.

  2. anjin-san says:

    Are you suprised? Bush has made it clear homeland security is a low priority…

  3. Kappiy says:

    It’s Hillary Clinton’s fault.

  4. DC Loser says:

    That settles it!

  5. LJD says:

    Great way to solve the immigration problem: only let the dead in.

  6. DC Loser says:

    Dead people are very unproductive. They don’t pay taxes and take up valuable real estate.

  7. DC Loser says:

    Dead people are very unproductive. They don’t pay taxes and take up valuable real estate.