Magazine article Insight on the News

Chinese Spies Taking Advantage of U.S. Business Visas

Magazine article Insight on the News

Chinese Spies Taking Advantage of U.S. Business Visas

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Few newspapers chose to cover the visa-fraud heatings on May 6 by the House Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration and Claims. Those that did failed to push beyond the testimony of administration officials, who acknowledged that business-visa programs allowing foreign skilled workers into the United States are being abused by Chinese alien smugglers and Russian organized-crime syndicates.

And the word "China"--well, that appeared to pass by the reporters, none of whom drew any possible connection between Chinese smugglers and Chinese espionage. They should have because news alert! has learned that U.S. intelligence sources believe the same H1-B and L-1 visa programs being heavily abused by alien smugglers also probably are being exploited by the Chinese to place both active and "sleeper" agents in the United States, particularly in California's Silicon Valley.

The sources also say that some "legitimate" Chinese companies that have been found abusing the programs originally were set up with Chinese government money. Their suspicions of an espionage connection between Chinese intelligence and alien smugglers recently has been heightened because of the involvement of Beijing officials with the alien smugglers. The officials help arrange documents the smugglers need for the U.S. visa applications. "We are wide open" says a source.

During the May 6 heating, none of the nine administration officials who testified raised the espionage fear but they made it clear that visa fraud is rampant. Thousands of marginally qualified or completely unqualified applicants are finding their way into the United States. The officials highlighted visa fraud being organized by Russian underworld figures and alien smugglers in India and China.

"In China, the method of operation has remained fairly consistent for more than a decade" said retired consular official John Ratigan. …

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