An activist against illegal immigration pointed out after Monday night’s first presidential debate between GOP candidate Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton that two of the three people on the stage overlooked the problem.
“While Donald Trump mentioned America’s serious problems with illegal alien gang members possession and using guns illegally, and the need to secure America’s borders, Hillary Clinton and the debate moderator (Lester Holt) remained silent,” said William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.
He pointed out that Trump already had speculated the issue would be suppressed.
“Large numbers of viewers were very disappointed that many important issues were excluded from this debate. The debate organizers and CNN know that if Donald Trump ever successfully contrasts his positions on illegal immigration with Hillary Clinton’s pledge to pass immigration reform amnesty for illegals, he would win the debate and the presidency,” said Gheen.
“The absence of discussion about our problems with illegal immigration, which won the primary for Trump, made this entire debate somewhat disingenuous,” he said.
Gheen described the debate as a “strike out” on the issue. The Clinton Foundation, Clinton’s email scandal and several other issues also were conspicuous by their absence.
Gheen said his group works for the full and adequate enforcement of America’s border and the immigration laws that are designed to protect American “jobs, elections, schools, hospitals, communities and lives from the negative impacts of illegal immigration.”
WND reported last week Gheen’s reaction when the U.S. government revealed it “mistakenly” had granted citizenship to 858 illegal immigrants from various countries that cause concern over national security.
“Don’t believe this is accidental,’ Gheen told WND Monday. “There’s no reason we should believe any of this is accidental. They are intentionally letting people in this country who are dangerous.”
The AP said the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general discovered the immigrants used “different names or birthhdates” to apply for citizenship with the federal Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The discrepancies simply weren’t caught because the applicants’ fingerprints were missing from databases.
Inspector General John Roth’s auditors told the agency the immigrants were from “special interest countries” that raise national security concerns in the United States or from nearby countries with common immigration fraud.
Neither the individuals nor the countries involved were identified.
Roth’s report said “fingerprints are missing from federal databases for as many as 315,000 immigrants with final deportation orders or who are fugitive criminals. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not reviewed about 148,000 of those immigrants’ files to add fingerprints to the digital record.”
It’s apparently because Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is supposed to find and deport illegal aliens, didn’t add the fingerprint records in a timely way.
The report said two criminal cases were launched because of the mishandling of the information, but prosecutors would not even take another 26 cases.
But the report raised the specter that a number of the people “have acquired security clearances, jobs of public trust or other security credentials.”
AP said: “At least three of the immigrants-turned-citizens were able to acquire aviation or transportation worker credentials, granting them access to secure areas in airports or maritime facilities and vessels. Their credentials were revoked after they were identified as having been granted citizenship improperly, Roth said in his report.”
One of the individuals even has become a law enforcement officer.
“Obama has been providing almost direct access through illegal immigration,” Gheen said, “and Muslim refugee resettlement programs.”
The problem is that citizenship is a ticket to voting, along with the federal government’s determined war against any type of voter verification procedure.
“Our enemies are allowed to walk freely among us,” he said. “They can choose the time of their attack at leisure.”
Border Patrol agents have endorsed Trump, who has promised to build a wall on the border.