Surprise! Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and other guardians of political correctness have declared a taboo against linking the two jihadist Muslim terrorists in Boston to our failed immigration policies.
Two young Muslim immigrants have been identified as the culprits behind the Boston Marathon slaughter. Using homemade “backpack” bombs constructed on the models in al-Qaida training manuals, they killed three people, maimed a dozen others and injured over 170. Yet, our nation’s lawmakers are not supposed to worry about how the immigration system allows legal entry to thousands of individuals from territories infested with jihadist training camps?
Sen. Schumer has reasons to be worried. His 844-page amnesty bill is in enough trouble already without these uninvited guests crashing the Schumer-Rubio Happy Hour.
Americans not infected by the common disease Potomac Myopia can connect the dots. Ordinary folk assume that a successful immigration system should afford protection against jihadists, not a welcome mat. When citizens say they want our broken immigration system fixed, they think that means securing our borders, real enforcement of immigration laws and better screening against jihadists gaining legal status by way of a green card.
The political reaction to the horrific news out of Boston should serve to alert Americans to this unpleasant fact: Sens. Schumer, Rubio and other members of the “Gang of Eight” have different priorities. Most citizens will be shocked to find out that the bill this “Gang” introduced this past week, S.744, actually makes it easier, not more difficult, to enter the United States illegally and then obtain legal status and citizenship.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old former Chechen killed Friday morning in a wild shootout with Boston police, was a legal U.S. resident who nevertheless could have been removed from the country after a 2009 domestic violence conviction. Yet, under Obama’s generous guidelines that limit deportations to only people who have committed “serious crimes,” he was not deported. His younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, gained citizenship in 2012 after being granted asylum in 2002.
These two Muslim brothers were able to enter our country legally from Chechnya, a region in southern Russia well-known by U.S. intelligence agencies as a hotbed of Islamist radicalism and home to al-Qaida-affiliated training camps.
We granted asylum and eventual citizenship to young Muslim men who harbored a secret hatred for the United States. Does the FBI or anyone at Homeland Security know how many more terrorists-in-waiting there are among the thousands admitted through our humanitarian asylum policies?
The FBI is belatedly examining foreign travel records for the two brothers to determine if they may have visited a terrorist training camp. It’s good to know the FBI can spare manpower from its task force devoted to monitoring U.S. citizens with “extremist views.”
It’s true, of course, that no immigration system, no matter how well designed, can prevent all terrorist attacks. Terrorists can use counterfeit documents and other forms of deceit to advance their ambitions. But when we make it easy by lowering our standards and weakening our safeguards in the name of compassion and humanitarian charity, we are asking for trouble.
The Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill has weaker border security provisions than the 2007 amnesty bill and the 2006 Secure Fence Act passed by Congress. It grants nearly immediate amnesty to 11 to 20 million illegal aliens without any improvement in border security – only a promise of a “strategy” for border security to be announced by DHS Secretary Napolitano. It will allow foreign nationals not even residing in the U.S. to gain legal status by piggybacking on the amnesty bestowed on illegal aliens who are here already. And it adopts a weaker entry-exit monitoring system for our airports, seaports and land ports-of-entry than already mandated in current law.
During the period 2002-2009, 95 percent of the persons apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally were Mexican nationals, but 5 percent were not. Now, maybe 5 percent seems small, but when you consider that 5 percent of 2,000,000 is 100,000, well, that’s not a small number. Those other 5 percent came from over 100 different countries, including countries that have known terrorist camps or which tolerate terrorist networks – countries like Pakistan, Russia, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ecuador and, of course, Cuba.
Considering the shockingly low priority attached to border security in the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill, it ought to be titled the “Jihadists Empowerment Act of 2013.” The Mexican drug cartels that already have financial arrangements with Hamas and Hezbollah likely will be emboldened to expand those partnerships. It’s a small step from smuggling marijuana and heroin to smuggling Hezbollah operatives. To a criminal gang, all money is green, no matter the source.