The Other Admissions Scandal



The news that as many as 50 individuals, including Hollywood actresses, conspired to illicitly gain admission for their children into colleges and universities was met with almost universal condemnation from all corners.

According to the Justice Department, one individual, Rick Singer, conspired with dozens of parents, athletic coaches, a university athletics administrator, and others, “to use bribery and other forms of fraud to secure the admission of students to colleges and universities.”

The same day, federal authorities arrested five individuals involved with a conspiracy to help Chinese nationals get student visas by hiring others who used fake Chinese passports to take an English proficiency test for the foreign students.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the defendants were charged with conspiring to use false passports, using false passports, and aggravated identity theft as part of the scheme to impersonate Chinese nationals in order to obtain a student visa.

Although the specifics of the frauds were different, they both offend the very American notion of fair play and equal opportunity. No one likes line-cutters whether they are Hollywood stars or foreign scam artists. Why then are so many of the same people who are rightfully outraged and offended by the college admissions scams advocating for wholesale line-cutting when it comes to immigration?

When it comes to immigration, cheating the system is seen by many not as a vice, but a virtue. This week, the Democratic leadership in the House endorsed H.R. 6, The Dream and Promise Act, a bill that expands on the mass amnesty DREAM Act by offering permanent citizenship to those in the country on temporary humanitarian visas. The legislation would move to the head of the line as many as 2.3 million illegal alien children.

What about the millions of immigrants who are working long and hard to gain entry into the United States through legal means and at sometimes great financial cost?

While the likelihood of that measure passing the Senate is slim to none, what about the programs the government already funds that vault wealthier immigrants to the front of the citizenship line?

For example, the controversial and fraud-ridden EB-5 program allows rich foreign investors to obtain green cards for their families if they spend $500,000 to job-producing projects in the U.S. And many of those projects never get off the ground.

Or the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, which ostensibly is designed to permit designated school officials to assist foreign students obtain certain three-year “practical training” work visas. 

Many of those schools, in the words of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), act as “visa mills” that provide little education or oversight.

Last year, the Senate Judiciary Chairman reached out to the Department of Homeland Security to restate his concerns that the schools “provide little to no educational benefit to those who pay tuition, instead acting as surreptitious employment agencies for aliens seeking to work in the United States.”

The idea of an equal playing field and equal opportunity remains a distinctly American principle. And there should be outrage at Hollywood actresses, wealthy investors or illegal immigrants cutting the line.

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Jennifer joined FAIR as Web Content Writer in 2017 and brings to the role extensive communications and media background. She began her career as a policy research analyst on multiple national and state political campaigns before entering journalism. In addition to spending over a decade writing for several broadcast and print news outlets, Jennifer directed communications strategy for a member of Congress and a military nonprofit.

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    The Open Border Party (OBP) Has Destroyed American Math and Science in Public Schools

    They’ve replaced tests for grades to “homework cheating for grades” to implement more diversity and destroy our manufacturing engineering base. The GED [9th grade level education BTW] is becoming the lion’s share of high school graduates. The public schools will lie about it and never admit it. They blame the parents for the mess….LOL

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    There have been some public comments since the college admission story about why is this a big deal and it’s just “helping your kid”. When you think about it, those comments are not surprising. We have become a society where many have no sense of morality or fairness, excusing what are clearly crimes. Little mention is made of the fact that for every position these entitled kids filled, including on sports teams for sports they never played, another person who had done the work and taken tests fairly was excluded. This is not a victimless crime.

    There was also a lot of liberal outrage about Trump saying he did not want welfare recipients being admitted. Why is this even a controversy. It’s the law, you are not supposed to be admitted if you will use welfare and can be deported if you do use it on a regular basis. California is an example of a state that loves welfare for illegals and in spite of all their blather about their small yearly “surplus” they have hundreds of billions in unfunded pension plans. Five extra dollars in your wallet is not a surplus when you have tens of thousands in credit card debt. Same thing.