The M3 Report is a  website of Foreign Reports, mainly from Mexico, Central and South America and compiled by the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
The M3 Report is always in the link section to the right and well worth reading every day. The M3 Report article below serves only to infuriate me further. The second article below is regarding a current immigration policy issue which needs to be examined and monitored closely.  It could be a good thing, or yet another loophole.

Thursday, 7/15/10

El Comercio (Lima, Peru) 7/12/10

Spy for Russia was beneficiary of 1986 immigration amnesty through fraud

Vicky Pelaez, a Peruvian journalist just sent out of the U.S. to Russia as part of a spy swap, is reported to have two birth certificates.  For U.S. officials, her name is Vicky Pelaez, she’s 55 years old, and her father is Santiago Pelaez, who in reality ought to be her uncle.  However, for Peruvian officials, her name is Virginia Pelaez, she’s 58 years old and her father is Horacio Pelaez. Further, she didn’t ask for political asylum in the U.S. but instead took advantage of the “great migratory amnesty” of 1986, which worked in favor of millions of illegal aliens in the United States.

However, to be part of this amnesty, immigrants had to demonstrate that they had arrived in the U.S. prior to January 1, 1982, and that they had resided there continuously. Pelaez obtained this benefit by claiming that she had resided in New York since 1981 although she had been a reporter for “Frecuencia Latina” during 1983 and 1984, and for this reason had decided to present a different birth certificate.  (“Frecuencia Latina” is a Peruvian TV network.)

When Pelaez applied for United States citizenship in 1997, she presented a marriage certificate in which she claimed to have married Anatonoljevich Vasenkov (Juan Lazaro) in 1993. The truth is that she was married ten years before the date that she claimed to U.S. officials, according to records in the city of Barranco (a suburb of Lima.)

[Editorial remark from M3 report editor: This case serves to illustrate the fact that mass amnesty for millions of illegal aliens does not, and cannot, really establish when or where such people entered the United States, their background, or even their true identity.  Fraudulent foreign documentation is easily obtained, including that relating to past criminal activity. Our leaders can proceed down that path only at the nation’s peril.]

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All 10,000 Crime Victim Visas Issued

The last of this fiscal year's supply of visas was approved Thursday morning, marking the first time the government has hit the statutory "U" visa limit since the program became active two years ago.

The visas were created as part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000. They are given to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes in exchange for cooperation with law enforcement.

In 2007, attorneys for immigrants who had been victims of crime sued the federal government for failing to issue any visas. Only 52 were issued in 2008. About 6,000 applications were approved last fiscal year.

Alejandro Mayorkas, director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, said that an increased focus on U visa processing, as well as increased outreach and resources to crime victims groups and law enforcement, have contributed to increased applications.

"We will not turn our attention away from victims of crime," Mayorkas said.

Another 10,000 visas will be available in October, when the 2011 fiscal year begins. Until then, the federal government can grant interim legal status to non-citizens whose applications are approved for the visas so they can work.

Most visas are given to people not allowed to be in the country, but some are given to people with some sort of permission to be in the U.S.

Crystal Williams, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said she is pleased the government "has turned its own situation on U visas around so thoroughly."

"I hope this shows that the years of benign neglect of this visa are behind us," she said.

The milestone highlights challenges law enforcement officers face in investigating and prosecuting crimes involving mostly illegal immigrants. Many are too afraid of deportation to report crimes. Critics of a new Arizona immigration law fear the law may affect immigrants' willingness to assist law enforcement.

The use of all 10,000 visas indicates the visa's efficacy to law enforcement, said Gail Pendleton, co-director for ASISTA, a group that advises the Justice Department's Office of Violence Against Women.

The next step is for Congress to eliminate the 10,000 limit, which Williams called a self-defeating quota.

"Putting a numeric limit on something like U visa is absurd in the first place," Williams said.


On the Net: Citizenship and Immigration Services:

American Immigration Lawyers Association:

(This version CORRECTS Corrects day of week; full first name of Mayorkas to Alejandro sted Ali and changes human smuggling to human trafficking; .)

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