Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Things That Go Bump in the Day

I received an e-mail this morning from Michelle Malkin concerning some really serious issues with our Department of Homeland Security.

It seems that they recently sent a green card approval notice to Eugueni Kniazev. That seems innocent enough. But the problem with the approval was that Mr. Kniazev, unfortunately, has been deceased for over three years. And worse yet, Mr. Kniazev was one of victims who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Ms.Malkin expressed the outrage that I believe we all ought to feel. She put it this way:

“Despite billions spent on restructuring and new technology, our homeland security system is still unable to prevent a green card approval notice from being sent to a dead person. The fact that the letter recipient is a murdered Sept. 11 victim adds unconscionable insult to bureaucratic injury. A Department of Homeland Security spokesman told me it's up to family members to notify the government when an applicant dies. "It's unfortunate," he said, but there is no mechanism in place to prevent this from happening again.”

I don’t know about you, but I find this almost beyond belief.

It makes me also wonder who else is getting green cards these days. I shudder to think of what might be happening right now because the agency that was born in the wake of a great tragedy is nothing more than an empty bureaucracy.

To find out more, especially what folks like you and I can do, link to Ms. Malkin's site, then scroll down to her piece in honor of Mr. Kniazev that was posted earlier today.

Let’s let the right people in Washington know that we will not subsidize stupidity and that we expect them to do the job they were commissioned to do.


MercurialMine said...

Yes, this is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. That is why you should contact your political representatives and let them know about these sorts of things. The Department for Homeland Security is not entirely to blame for this though; there are a number of issues that they are trying to deal with at the same time. They can't give us everything at this exact moment. We have to be patient and do the best we can in the meantime to protect ourselves.

Tom Reindl said...

Hi Phil. I guess my oinly question is, who are the right people? If the right people were in Washington, would this even be an issue? I don't know.....sigh

Dr Mac said...

Hi Phil,
I certainly agree much needs to be done to make the system more reliable. It is not surprising that some adverse activity is going on. Our government is largely directed by those who are in the Senate. Since there are several in that assembly guilty of murder, rape, and other serious crimes, without being charged, it is not surprising that we may have a fox guarding the chicken house. It is very easy to point the finger in the wrong direction. As we continue to take God out of the picture, it is apt to increase in a godless direction. I am sure that not every employee is as dedicated to the goals as they might be. I know that in my 9 years on staff in Washington, I observed several who were not on the same page as the Director, and some of these were not even eligible for membership in the RNC.