Sept. 27, 2000
The claim that Al Gore invented the internet has been a favorite
target of political jokes, but Al Gore's role in "reinventing" the INS
is no laughing matter. He was a driving force behind the perversion of
Immigration and Naturalization Service procedures in order to "invent"
a million votes for Clinton-Gore in November 1996.
Al Gore was the Administration's point man in charge of the plan
developed in early 1996 to put a million aliens on the fast track to
citizenship even if they didn't qualify and even if they had criminal
records. Gore was responsible for keeping the pressure on INS to make
sure the aliens were naturalized by September 1, the last day to
register for the presidential election.
INS Administrator Doris Meissner was at first reluctant to go
along with these shenanigans. But she finally acquiesced in Gore's
plan to remove alleged "bureaucratic roadblocks" to speedy
The "smoking gun" documentation came to light sort of as an aside
in the new book "Sellout" by David P. Schippers, his own story as chief
investigative counsel for the House impeachment of Bill Clinton.
Before Schippers was ordered to limit his investigations to the Monica
case, he had focused on the politicization of the INS.
Schippers uncovered a memo written early in 1996 from Doug
Farbrother of the National Performance Review (NPR) to Bill Clinton
reminding the President that he had "asked us to expedite the
naturalization of nearly a million legal aliens." Farbrother set forth
the plan "to force some serious `reinvention' on INS" by "appointing
one of our proven NPR reinventors as Deputy INS Commissioner" and
moving the existing Deputy elsewhere.
The National Performance Review is now called Vice President Al
Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government, according to
its website www.npr.gov. This confirms Gore's peculiar obsession with
Dr. Elaine Kamarck in Gore's office responded to Farbrother on March
21, 1996 in a solid-cap memo: "THE PRESIDENT IS SICK OF THIS AND WANTS
ACTION. IF NOTHING MOVES TODAY WE'LL HAVE TO TAKE SOME PRETTY DRASTIC
A March 22 memo to Al Gore from Doug Farbrother then reported that
he told INS "to waive stupid rules, move money from one account to
another as needed, and recruit and hire people locally instead of
through the slow centralized process." Farbrother added that each city
manager in the major cities was to be given "a project budget to spend
Farbrother's memo spelled out other details of the plan to
circumvent customary procedure: "delegate hiring authority, waive
extensive background investigations on new employees, allow the cities
`overhire authority.'" This carried out the suggestion originally made
in a February 15 memo from HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros to Clinton and
Gore suggesting the use of "volunteers" from Hispanic action groups to
"process" naturalization applications.
In a subsequent fax, Farbrother wrote that he had instructed INS
Commissioner Doris Meissner to "get the results the Vice President
In a memo addressed to Al Gore on March 28, Farbrother restated
the goal to "produce a million new citizens before election day." The
game plan was to "blast INS headquarters loose from their grip on the
frontline managers" and to "make Doris Meissner delegate broad
authority to her field managers" in Los Angeles, San Francisco,
Chicago, New York and Miami.
A March 29 memo from Farbrother to Elaine Kamarck revealed his
concern lest this plan be exposed as "a citizenship/Clinton voter
This ingenious 1996 "voter mill" paid off big time. An audit by
the accounting firm of KPMG Peat Marwick uncovered some of the results.
The newly naturalized citizens who were qualified to vote by this
Gore project included more than 75,000 who had arrest records when they
applied, an additional 115,000 citizens whose fingerprints were
unclassifiable for various technical reasons and were never rechecked,
and another 61,000 people who were given citizenship without submitting
any fingerprints at all.
Federal law requires that an alien's application for citizenship
must be accompanied by a complete set of fingerprints, which must be
cleared by the FBI to determine if the applicant has a criminal record.
Schippers sent the FBI a list of 100 of these new citizens who had
committed documented heinous crimes prior to naturalization and
discovered that 20 percent were arrested for serious crimes after
citizenship was granted in 1996. No one knows how many thousands of
criminals were granted citizenship whose fingerprints were never
checked at all.
Schippers uncovered some of the additional ways that alien
applications were processed. INS agents were directed to relax the
testing for English, to complete every interview within 20 minutes, and
to ensure that all applicants passed the Civics test by continuing to
ask questions until they got a sufficient number right, sometimes
asking 25 questions to get four or five correct answers.
Crooked politicians have always stuffed the ballot box in
traditional ways, but Al Gore must be given credit for one of the most
ingenious. Is the same plan in the works for this year's election?