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23 Aug

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There are two ways to enter America illegally and off the I.C.E. radar, by racing across the border or by coming in living invisibly on cash.

A fellow passenger reminded me. I took a bus ride. From New York to D.C. You do that sometimes when spontaneous decisions and serendipity rule. I took Bolt.

The young lady next to me attended GWU. We talked. You do that when you sit and slide for hours in seats next to each other. Once laughter settled, we talked. And my eyes widened as I learned the “more to the story” on immigration dominating the presidential 2016 race run.

She is Korean. She entered the country at age 12. Her parents were in Korea. They sent her to America with her aunt and uncle. She is Korea passported not America passported. She cannot be. She does not exist, technically, except at GW when her tuition check cashes. GWU is a private school. Last tuition fee I recall was about $54,000, maybe up since then. I heard that number in and around 2009 at GWU Patriots weekend as part of a headline comedian’s shtick, show, routine.

She explained as long as her tuition is paid in full she doesn’t need to identify or register or anything, successfully, I would say since she is in college, entering America at age 12.

Oh yes, she has a Social Security number so she can work.

This isn’t the first time I heard, or wrote, about foreign students entering America and securing Social Security numbers. I was at the M Street Social Security office a few years back with a peer. He was curious about the young people there in the Social Security office. As a journo, I don’t wonder, I ask.

I asked.

The students were American University students, another private institution. The students were at the Social Security office to get their cards so they could work. They were not Americans. They were Asian, interns at CAP, a democracy non-profit.

So let us be clear, for all the public expression of shock at infants, toddlers and tweens risking death and rape to come to America for a better life, here is the rest of the story. The poor storm the borders, the rich buy their way in. Let us repeat, the rich buy their illegal presence in living off the Immigration Visa overstay and other Border security penetrations.

Ask this question, what good is the tallest wall that can be built between America and Mexico, when planes filled with people with cash can just fly right over them….



22 May

Weeks before the Senate approved sweeping Immigration reform, a black hole in illegal immigration was glossed over then swept under the carpet, buried in a hearing labelled tourism. Brand USA, an affiliate of the Treasury Department, had convened together witnesses in support of continuing their program- men and women from parts of the tourism industry, and one quasi celeb witness, Kathleen Matthews, wife of ‘thrill up my leg’ radio show host, Chris Matthews. the seemingly orphaned children of the tourism and hospitality industry were gathered in House Building, Rayburn, room 2322 at a hearing chaired by Congressman Lee Terry. While the hearing appeared to be a tourism concerned, the hearing turned out to be a ‘keep funding and facilitating Brand USA.’ Terry was proud to acknowledge that he himself himself cut his work teeth in food services and amusement jobs, something young men and women across America share as a rite of passage.

Tourism marketing is proving to work. Brand USA is at its helm, steering Visas.

Brand USA, http://www.thebrandusa.com/, had been set up by the US government, as the, purported, go-to-people in government, for tourism affiliates- restaurant, amusement parks and other related industries, towards the end goal of promoting tourism.
“Brand USA was established by the Travel Promotion Act to spearhead the nation’s first global marketing effort to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and to communicate U.S. entry/exit policies and procedures to worldwide travelers. Formed as the Corporation for Travel Promotion in 2010, the public-private entity began operations in May 2011 and does business as Brand USA.”

Brand USA is a start up that began in the UK and Canada. Brand USA is working with the Department of Commerce believing it helps America be in that game. Brand USA is offering to pre clear people for areas where there are lines. Dow said the Visa Waiver countries are low risk countries.

Brand USA is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Each Member of the Board is expert in diverse areas and sectors of the travel industry. Caroline Beteta, Board Chair; David Lim, formerlynAmtrak Acela Brand Assistant Vice-President of the Acela Brand; Brand USA vice chair of operations, Daniel J. Halpern, FMP, is President/CEO and co-founder of Jackmont Hospitality, Inc.; George Ferttita, formerly of Mayor Bloomberg office; Randy A. Garfield CTC is Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Travel Operations for Disney Destinations –a $10-plus billion business unit of The Walt Disney Company and President of the Walt Disney Travel Company; Sabre Holdings ‘ Tom Klein overseeing a portfolio of businesses– Sabre Airline Solutions, Saber Hospitality Solutions, Sabre Travel Network and Travelocity; Mark Schwab, Chief Executive Officer of Star Alliance Services GmbH. He; Diane Shober tourism director for the state of Wyoming; Arne M. Sorenson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc.; Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine chef Roy Yamaguchi; and Lynda S. Zengerle a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she heads the Immigration practice in the International Department.

Brand USA has Global Offices in China, Japan, Korea, United Kingdom and Ireland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Brazil, China. The mission of Brand USA is “to encourage increased international visitation to the United States and to grow America’s share of the global travel market. In doing so, we aim to bring millions of new international visitors who spend billions of dollars to the United States, creating tens of thousands of new American jobs.”

Brand USA is a member funded organization that while stating it does not take off dollars from taxpayers is in fact diverting dollars from visas that are funneled into facilitating funding. Brand USA’s activities are said to be funded at no cost to U.S. taxpayers, instead, funded through a combination of private-sector investment and matching funds collected from visitors who come from abroad to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program. Brand USA provides policy advice to the Secretary of Commerce on issues affecting US tourism.
Tourism means 8 million jobs nations wide, local jobs, it attracts local visitors who bring dollars they spend.

Obama had established a task force to promote travel.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky boasted of her state, Illinois’, “Enjoy Illinois” promotion Schakowsky touted at the hearing onset before introducing Virgin Island Congresswoman Christensen. Schakowsky acknowledged sequester had an impact on her constituency. Congressman Lance, from New Jersey, spoke as if words from his mouth was on time-delay, his mouth moved and his words were slow to come out. Lance, a Conservative, evoked Hurricane Sandy. Sandy impacted Lance’s home state, New Jersey, hard. Jersey’s tourism was struggling to bounce back. Last, word on the $31 million fund gathered by Governor Cris Christie’s wife was the funds were still ponding. Simpler said, all these months later, her hurricane Sandy fund was a boat to nowhere, so to speak, let alone to tourism which would bring commerce back to the shore now that the reality TV is gone.

Congressman Long, a dopplanger for Boss Hoggs from Duke’s of Hazards, boasted of Branson being the leading tourism area of the country if not the world, in his opinion, challenged from the back bench by ‘static’, his colleagues, he said. California Congressman Henry Waxman, boasted of his Constituency, including Rodeo Drive, supported President Obama’s initiatives to attract tourism to America. Waxman said he has long supported a National Initiative For Tourism. Waxman pointed out there is good reason for Chicago being called Second City.

Congressman Dow said that every plane that lands adds one new American job that cannot beSenate approved nor outsourced. Tourism is growing 3 times faster than other industries. Dow said Brand USA levels the playing field for industries across the country. Dow credits Brand USA is not funded by taxpayer dollars, presenting it as a Peace Corps of sorts for tourism. Including from Visa Waiver countries is South Korea which brings in multi million dollars and tourists without mention as to now, in these days of Immigration Act and terrorism and security concern uptick. Dow said that countries that travel more get business. Dow said Western Europe, Asia, Brazil are the sweet spots for American tourism to hone in on.

Chris Matthews wife, Kathleen Matthews was up next to testify on behalf of Marriott, her employer. Matthews says her company is sworn to putting people first, just not conservative candidates. Each hotel opening opens up transformational thousands of jobs from construction to door openers. Matthews boasted about the new Marriott under crane near the Washington Convention center. Matthews says jobs at Marriott are gateways to middle class, where a lifeguard can become a head of a division in a hotel that was projected to grow to 100 hotels and in fact has grown to over 3800 hotels. Matthew said there are over 1 billion individual tourist trips she wants to see coming to Orlando, Branson and not just Paris. Marriotts chairman is on the board of a Brand USA. It took chairman Terry’s multiple tap tap taps to bring Matthews testimony to a close. Matthews said the visa waiver is at issue to encourage tourism without mention of how someone tracks a tourist that doesn’t go home. Dow said if we fix it they will come, seeking to show tourists ‘the elsewhere’ tourists should consider, for their next trips, after visiting ie New York, Los Angeles, etc. Matthews boasted of hotels built alongside Indian reservations without addressing the attraction- the casinos.

Enterprise Holdings was founded 56 years ago by a veteran who served on the ship the Enterprise. Car rentals are an overlooked cog of the tourism industry. Rothery, Enterprise’ spokesman, said their car industry is best split into two divisions – airport at $12 billion and neighborhood at $12 billion. Rothery stressed the importance of neighborhood rentals be it from insurers providing replacement cars, people doing pickups, urban dwellers who can’t afford cars or just don’t want to. Entry level jobs, at Enterprise, are more of a career than a job. All Enterprise administration are former entry persons who learned their jobs from the ground up. Auto dealerships rely on a steady flow of reasonably low mileage cars. The Enterprise industry of car rentals are challenged by zipcars and by taxes. Rothery said taxes on car rentals is hurting his industry. Congressman Butterfield challenged Rothery if Enterprise supports codifying uniform standards practices in the industry, the Senate bill. Rothery lost this opportunity to tell Congress the car rental industry is beleaguered by upstarts like Uber, Zipcar and
car-to-go which are unregulated, unlicensed and are not tax compliant. Neither did Rothery adress the states that don’t have a sales tax but tax car rentals. Nor did Rothery advise Congress there is a high incident of rental cars being ticketed when driven out of state.

The National Restaurant Industry, was being spoken for by Mr. Riehle. Mr. Riehle boasted that most people got working starts in restaurants. The NRI is a large employer of minority persons. One in four travel and sales dollars in restaurants come from this industry. Restaurants are a large employer of seasonal workers. Restaurants are a barometer for the rest of the economy in that food in the restaurant comes from the heartland, with a new driver of reality tv shows driving taste buds globally and locally too. Riehle wants food options in front of their tourist before they even leave home. The restaurant restaurant is a competitive industry, more so now. Restaurant is a complex industry, moreso for legislating. From a research destination on a seasonal industry thereare full time employees who work part time and part time employees who work full time…. Certain areas are known for regional cuisines Riehle said. Travelers do their culinary research before heading out the door with an expectation of glorious gluttony when they arrive.

Schakowsky asked it sequester has hurt tourism. John Dow said he supports smart cuts. No one else on the panel fed into Schakowsky’s search for a negative comment. Matthews said the greatest losses were observed in their luxury brand. Dow said the tourism industry employs the under employed so it should be seen as a career builder. Not getting the answers she sought, Schakowsky sought stats comparative to pre recession times. Intercontinental Hotels has not recovered so well.

Congressman Harper from Mississippi raised the specter on Obamacare’s consequence in their industry. Harper said he hears that restaurants are even sharing employees. The ‘survey said’, a monthly Q & A to members are looking at the greater cost it saddles the company with. Matthews said during the downturn Marriott did not take away the health care. They will see additional costs, focused on prevention, exercise, a penalty for someone who is a smoker, etc, in an effort to reduce costs.

Congressman Matheson from Utah noted that Matthews leads Working Mothers magazines poll. Matheson said 40% of corn raised in America doesn’t go to food, it goes to corn, beggaring the question how rising food costs impact the restaurant industry costs.

Electronic System for Travel Authorization, ESTA, is an automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), travel that poses a challenge to law enforcement or security risk. ESTA approval authorizes a traveler to board a carrier for travel to the United States under the VIsa Worker Program. Private carriers must be a signatory visa waiver program carrier. Applications must be submitted, at least 72 hours before travel, prior to boarding. In most cases, responses are received within seconds of submitting applications.

ESTA is not a visa. It does not meet the legal requirements to serve in lieu of a U.S. visa when a visa is required. Travelers that possess a valid U.S. visa may travel to the United States on that visa for the purpose it was issued. Travelers traveling on valid visas are not required to apply for an ESTA. In the same way that a valid visa does not guarantee admission to the United States, an approved ESTA is not a guarantee of admission to the United States.

ESTA became mandatory January 12, 2009. VWP applicants are required to complete a white Customs declaration upon arrival in the U.S. whether or not they have an ESTA authorization. VWP travelers are no longer required to complete the green I-94W card.

The Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (Section 9 of the United States Capitol Police Administrative Technical Corrections Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111-145) required two charges for the VISA Waiver Program. Brand USA is supposed to be about jobs that can’t be outsourced. Immigration officers receive information electronically. There is a Processing Charge required from applicants requesting an electronic travel fee $4.00
Brand USA does not want ESTA to sunset. ESTA is set to. ESTA applications expire in less than two years.

New ESTA authorizations are required if:
– a new passport is issued
– a name is changed
– a gender is changed
– a country of citizenship is changed
– circumstances change such as a conviction of a crime of moral turpitude or develop a contagious disease

Approved ESTA applications are valid for a period of two years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. ESTA visas can be used for multiple trips to the United States without the traveler having to re-apply for another ESTA. It isnt required for ESTA travel information to be updated before each trip to the U.S. ESTA travelers U.S. may only stay up to 90 days at a time with the expectation there should be a reasonable amount of time between visits. There is no set requirement for how long ESTA travelers must wait between visits.

Brand USA doesn’t want ESTA to sunset. They dont worry to confirm if a guest on an ESTA tourist visa departs. Or stays. Or is wrapped up in the national immigration issues at stake.


16 Mar

On most days, the streets of DC shed surprises of the unexpected sort raining from Moslem men walking down Massachusetts Avenue reading the Koran  wearing thick running socks on his sandaled feet and a ski jacket over his thin fabric caftan. A block or two past at 20th Street,  the elderly man who begs outside the mosque that is not a mosque, the Islamic Institute at Mass and  Rockcreek Parkway, stood there. Dawn had not even cracked let alone winked. The LED sign near the man flashed Rock and Roll Marathon. This is the morning of the last day of pilgrimage to conservative Mecca- CPAC, the annual east coast gathering of ideas on patriotism and freedom. 

The lobbies of the host hotels always fill up bleary eyed early. Conservatives are eager together and talk together, at night over beers and wines, in the morning over bagels and commercials of inspiration. 
One has to admire the first speaker on stage at any event let alone in a room still empty of attendees. The room will fill up but after the Pledge of Allegiance, after the Prayer, the invocation, all that take place AFTER the exhibit hall has opened, not before. Therein lies America ‘s demise- prayer after not first as patriots allege they stand…. If it was, it would be prayer first and THEN open the exhibit hall not the other way around.
Yellow appears to be the women’s consensus color of choice against the blue on blue backdrop with a flag overhead. 
Jenny Beth Martin co founder of the Tea Party Patriots started morning Day 3 broadcast over the Internet to supporters around the world. The room was beginning to fill, a chair here or there. Congressman Steve King raised awareness to his battle for his sea pursued for three years by gotcha videographers waiting for that sound byte they would use against him. Didn’t happen in his fights for the American people- truth be told- conservatives and dems alike. Scott Walker roused the room, seats filled by this time. Walker is a man with potential for president. Proof is in the pudding is on his side. Wisconsin is no longer just a state of cheeses, Wisconsin is in the black no longer in the red. Scott told the story of a young moon he wanted to invite to a speech he gave. She turned him down. He had done his job that well. The young woman had been on the dole. She enrolled in a government program to train. She did so well training and working as a nurses aide that she was going after work to night school to train as a nurse. Walker beamed. He was not offended by her turning his invitation. He was proud. Pleased. Go Walker 2016.
Everything Newt was on stage next. University on line. Already out in the field. Check. Bringing people on board to teach a la TED. Check. Calista and Ellis’ teaching history to children through books. Newsletter. Check. And so on for an Old Guard the new up comers do need to tone down but he is color of the past that is fading. 
Michele Bachman is a Tea Party favorite. Dressed in royal blue she wrapped the attendees by now filling the room, in warmth with her jokes that kept the crowd roaring until she got serious about Bengahzi and Dead Men Walking into history for a moment congress is still trying to make sense of- the hour President Obama went AWOL and is still uncounted for. Out back of the Oval smoking or on a PDA even the server service doesn’t account for… still. Jokes about dogs that are loyal and cats that are not the foster mom of twenty three told a joke about Alzheimer’s… Hmmm… I forgot what it was about… 
The delight of the conference will remain now and forever Dr. Ben Carson who is singlehandedly making doctors sexy. To the point he told a journalist that race is of no issue when he gets inside someone’s head. He is a neurosurgeon witness to the impact of books on the life of hidden. Benny Carson says read books. Brains are filled with neurons that rival the national debt. The brain surgeon told of growing up being called dummy until the 5th grade when his mother said if you don’t want to be dumb… And Benny read books every night even though his mother wasn’t there to make him read, much to his friends amazement. Soon, Benny’s friends stopped calling him dummy and s tarted asking for help with their work. Benny talked about the inadequacy of nerds getting pins for accomplishments when sport stars get here leaders and parades. Benny put his bucks where his mouth is. Mrs Benny and thenDoc started a scholarship program twenty five years back providing scholarship to youth across the country. The Carson Scholarship program expanded to develop reading rooms for children believing books will fill hands so guns can’t.
Benny says the Dems created class division by making the 1% the lower class hate. Benny says  economics isn’t brain surgery. Corporations need to be treated as friends not enemies and war on God is to be resisted. Stop the war on God standing up against the PC police. Media is creating the frition between believers and non believers. Values must lead America the pinnacle nation in Orr for America to be One Nation Under God.
Ben Carson is retiring in 160 days. He believes pilots must stop flying before they crash and burn. America The Beautiful by Ben Carson, available on Amazon, rose to number one on the New York Times best seller list. Point made is how can America know what America has lost if Americans don’t k ow what America’s history is. Truth must be expressed with civility and love or it is no longer the truth reported that way.
Ben Carson disappeared down to the exhibit hall to sign books for fans eager to take his word with them home to show friends and neighbors what a real patriot looks like from the inside of book covers outwards. Not everyone is a patriot even though they attend CPAC. A young round female pushed throughout the line waiting for Benny. An older female patriot pushed back. The young round female pushing the two male friends with her, said ‘I am a VIP.’ The older patriot woman said ‘so, there is a line. You are a VIP, they are not.’ The young round woman pulled out a camera then said, ‘I am media.’ The old woman said, ‘you mean you have a camera and that is not media that means you have a camera,’ wrote her name down as the young round woman started to step over the cane of the blind man waiting for Benny to sign his purchased copy of the book defining American exceptionalism of what this young lady was not. She is an example that within conservative riles lies bad people too. Conservatism isn’t all patriots. In truth patriotism is a state of mind- some have less.
Morgan Brittney was the conservative fox long before Sarah Palin hit the ground running. With piercing blue eyes and a look that is pure Morgan, she is now part of politichiks making a difference in the America she loves. Morgan understands the value of copyright. Identity. Commerce. And the American way. 
Elevators are a prime lesson in politics – they go up and down like careers. Nd hopes. And aspirations. Some hand out flyers and messages. The polite art of conventions is to take the handout, grab the handout then carry it past the rotary file to deposit on the nearest flat surface covered with magazines, papers, books and leaflets. 
The exodus in the hallways was flowing back into the ballroom. Sarah Palin was on board, old, thinner,  but no less quieter message to conservatives gathering in less number to hear her. Sarah has been downgraded from keynote to clean up, final hours, attendees weeded out, energy level down. Not even the Big Gulp prop in her hands woke the room up although the moderator said the EBay prop Sarah left behind was going up on EBay to fund the island on the Bahamas he set his sights on. But Sarah forgot a lesson of America’ s exceptionalism. Sarah forgot any kind word deferred to Phyliss Schlafly the old woman of the “C”, the convention. Tight jeans, Harley’s, realitynTV show, a mane of hair and being a former Fox ‘fine’ doesn’t go on forever. What is important to remember is time marches forward even for women who made the world stage on the right arm of John McCain a GOP gone wrong. Palin went rogue. Wronger gone worker. 
There is hope for the GOP. Diverse party? Yes. Very. But not on center stage. People had to stick in their seats to hear the up and coming under forty, men and women in their 20’s- former military, first generation descendants of Cuban immigrants plus. They are, for now, locals serving their state citizens. Their examples they cite are the Marco Rubios of Capitol Hills. They are young men and women who know how to balance checkbooks, count fingers and toes, and pound pavements, wear out shoe leather and social network the old fashioned way. Conservatism and common sense are the real silver bullets DC should take a lesson from . The new generation has yanked  the baton from old generation. The next thing to go must be old guard marketing candidates- the Karl Roves, the Ed Gillespies cannot be given another chance to fail. Where America is spiraling down to is in their control and of their doing? 
It should be no more. It can be changed.
The afternoon of day three the convention begins to wind down. Flights are being caught. Rooms are being emptied. Swag is finding its way up stairs. Easier to leave than to carry home. Movies are packed. Citizen Uniteds films are applauded. There is a market for movies with a message. Even Mark Burnett and Roma Downey find their home in faith. Even the orthodox Jews attending CPAC find their way to attend what they can until the Sabbath ends
despite being challenged by no eruv and electrically operated toilets and faucets in the bathroom. The thing about CPAC as it stands today with conference attendees is there are many more Jews attending that the poor girl in the bathroom with soap on her hands can’t turn the water on to wash it off without violating the Sabbath rules of needing a non Jew to flick the magic eye tripping the water to fall.
Andrew Marcus was in the hallway when his Hating Breitbart started to screen. He said he reacted to every audience emotion expressed. Knowing Andrew it was hard to see him alive and irreverent although there is a divine grin knowing that the new media that tore him apart is that very gift that will keep Andrew alive forever. 
The day is winding down further. Dark is settling over the Gaylord. When the Sabbath ends a new week starts bringing with it a hope for a new day dawning. The Potomac Ballroom is packed once again. Luggage is littered between chairs and at the room back. Coffee is getting warmer. Ann Coulter has spoken. As with every CPAC there is a young man using the anonymity of the event and the armor of the crowd to ask Ann for a date. Mothers notes needed, she says. Dads? Guess is they want to chaperone or tag team or the options go on. An’s standards for candidates have sharpened. She wanted Chris Christie a year earlier as the savior for the GOP. Might be that his girth has weighed in on the matter but he is off Coulter’s list along with former congressional leaders. Height is her prerequisite too.
CPAC is down to the Straw poll the fun part of the three day event. Rand Paul clocked in at 25% while Marco Rubio clocked in  second with Other pulling up in third place, other including Ike and Richard Nixon. Girls outvoted boys, it seems. So much for the GOP holding back girls. Just a gagnam style attack that goes no where other than selling downloads, maybe apps. Disingenuous that’ll tins pundit Ana Navarro speculated Rand Paul winning the Straw Poll AFTER the vote result was announced. There is the secret of pundits…. reading what has already been announced.
The GOP has changed. Where else can an Orthodox Jew rub shoulders with a lesbian and neither takes the closeness as anything other than the new Dames, the new daughters of America’s conservative revolution. 
Ted Cruz was introduced by Sunny Walker, a Breitbart columnist. The sisters in the audience wished someone had Sunny’s black as she left the stage…twice.  Her white dress size tag was up against the kin of her back. Sunny’s pleasure was to introduce Senator Cruz. Cruz is in control of his message sharing his first opportunity to speak on the Senate floor. The Alamo’s anniversary was celebrated during the 13 hour stand on the floor. Cruz recalled that he read from Pattons speech along from President Reagan’s words.
America is surviving the end of the world as the democrats call it. Cruz recalled the ghostbusters movie which cringed at the possibility of cats and dogs living together… And then he reminded CPAC attendees it is the day before St Patricks day. DC celebrated St Patrick day one day ahead… Sequestration is the guess- government cutting bak on days of the year…
Fitting to offer a traditional Irish blessing
May the road rise to meet ya
May the heavens descend to greet ya
May the world look up to see ya 
May the sun shine on this country from sea to shining sea… 
America is the real pot of golden opportunity at the end of legal immigrant  rainbow…


7 Jan

WHO IS PAYING THE US CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION SERVICE COSTS FOR THE ILLEGALS GIVEN STATUS BY OBAMA? DID YOU KNOW U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is funded largely by application and petition fees.  Recognizing that some applicants cannot pay the filing fees, USCIS established a fee waiver process for certain forms and benefit types. Demonstrated inability to pay is the only reason USCIS will approve a fee waiver.

Waiving a fee for one applicant transfers the cost of processing their application to other applicants through higher fees.  Therefore, USCIS carefully considers the merits of each fee waiver request before making a decision.