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Report Finds Significant Fraud, Rule Violations Under H-1B Program

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A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) report made public last week by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) discovered significant evidence of fraud in the H-1B program. USCIS found outright fraud or technical violations in 21% of 246 H-1B applications reviewed. However, as Professor Norm Matloff notes in a corresponding blog, while the fraud discovered in this study is significant, the loopholes in the H-1B program push its “abuse” rate to nearly 100%.

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Former HR Worker Arrested on Identity Fraud Charges

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ICE arrested a former worker in the Pilgrim’s Pride human resources department last week on charges of identification document fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to an ICE news release. The indictment against Hope Anguiano alleges that she and a co-defendant, Lucio Ramirez, conspired to provide identification documents to illegal aliens who did not have proper identification when applying for a job at the Pilgrim’s Pride Mount Pleasant, Texas facility.

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Congress Recesses after Passing Short-Term E-Verify Extension

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On September 27, the Senate cleared a Continuing Resolution (CR; H.R. 2638) that, among other things, extends the E-Verify program through March 6, 2009. The inclusion of a short-term E-Verify extension in the CR was a bittersweet development. Although E-Verify will survive for four more months, the reauthorization battle will need to be fought all over again with a new President in the White House who may or may not support the program.

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