At the Intersection of Terrorism and Immigration

Bob Beauprez
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Posted: Apr 23, 2013 10:17 PM

Something to think about: 

April 15: A lot of questions are being raised about the Boston Marathon bombers: Why were Chechen nationals given asylum? Why was Tamerlan Tsarnaev still in the country? Why was Dzhokar Tsarnaev naturalized as a citizen?  Was the attack al Qaeda connected – or, inspired?

April 22: Two men are arrested for plotting the bombing of a Canada-US passenger train.  The men, Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, are not Canadian nationals, and are charged with "receiving support from al Qaeda elements in Iran." 

April 23: The French Embassy in Tripoli is attacked with a car bomb bringing violence to the capital city thought "safer" than much of Northern Africa.  U.S. officials immediately said militants with ties to al Qaeda were mostly likely involved.

It's a signature terror tactic that has been familiar in Israel, much of the Middle East and Afghanistan for a long time; a likely link to major terror networks, but executed by one or two individuals.  The pattern seems to be spreading.

Given that possibility, then, it would seem vulnerable nations would be on heightened alert about who is inside their borders. 

And, yet, a Washington Times headline reads, "99.5% of illegal immigrants get approval for legal status; high number raises concerns about fraud."  The article explains that under President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) non-deportation program for young adults virtually every application is approved for legal status. 

Then there is the 844 page "comprehensive immigration reform" bill introduced in the Senate last week that includes a plan to give legal status to an estimated 11 million people who are also currently here illegally.  Even more concerning, the Gang-of-Eight proposal contains a bonus provision that significantly advantages immigrants from nations known to be hotbeds of radical Islamic terror.  The following is courtesy of Neil Munro, the White House correspondent for The Daily Caller

The Senate’s pending immigration bill would give an advantage to people seeking to immigrate from Kyrgyzstan, the former Soviet republic that provided passports to the two ethnic Chechens who allegedly bombed Boston.

As part of a compromise that would replace the current “Diversity Lottery” program, countries with low rates of immigration to the United Sates — including Kyrgyzstan and Russia — would be awarded five points.

The five-point bonus could have a significant influence on who gets to live among 310 million Americans, because only the top-scoring applicants in the bill’s new merit-based immigration system would be granted green cards.

This system would give a person with a Kyrgyzstan passport an advantage over otherwise equally qualified people from countries like Mexico, the United Kingdom, Canada and Brazil. Those countries do not qualify for the bonus because they send large numbers of people to the United States.

The same bonus is also offered to people from a series of unstable countries that are not covered by the Diversity Lottery, a State Dept. program that annually offers 55,000 green cards to people in countries that send few immigrants to the United States.

Those countries include Egypt, Libya, Somalia and Tunisia, as well as countries alongside the war-wrecked Chechen homeland in the Caucasus mountains.

Russia is also on the 2012 Diversity Lottery list. People from Chechnya hold Russian passports, and — if the bill is not amended and becomes law — may be entitled to the five-point bonus.

The immigration bill’s five-point bonus is also quite large. It is equal to the bonus given to people who have earned bachelors’ degrees in science, math or any other topic.

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Does this make any sense?