We will be discussing the report that some 6,000 foreign students had gone “missing” in the United States.
ABC News reported on this in its report,
This news report was also the focus of my interview by JD Hayworth on the NewsMax-TV
program, “America’s Forum” on September 3, 2014.
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Time and again politicians from both the Democratic and Republican parties have repeated the mantra that we must first secure the border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico before we provide unknown millions of illegal aliens with lawful status and the identity documents that these heretofore illegal aliens would need in order to prove that they had acquired lawful status in the United States. These identity documents would be the ideal “breeder documents” because on the strength of those official identity documents these millions of aliens who evaded the vital inspections process when they ran our borders, would be able to obtain Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, credit cards and other such documents. Suddenly this report has caused politicians and journalists to focus on a failing of the immigration system that has absolutely nothing to do with the security, or lack thereof, of the U.S./Mexican border.
The immigration crisis is composed of many, many components of a dysfunctional system that, in my judgement, was designed to be dysfunctional.
It is my opinion that the DHS was concocted to satisfy the individuals and organizations who stand to literally and figuratively, make out like “bandits” by enabling millions of foreign nationals to gain access to our country- both by blatantly violating our borders and by being granted visas that enable them to easily game the system that along with our borders are America’s first line of defense and last line of defense against international terrorists and transnational criminals.
Organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce don’t want America to be attacked, they just cannot see beyond their own selfish goals of garnering massive profits. They pump massive sums of money in the form of campaign contributions into the coffers of candidates for elected office and often succeed in getting the best government money can buy!
Part of the motivation of these organizations is to suppress wages of America workers and indeed, often displace American workers!
This headlong push for open borders not only undermines national security but hammers hardworking American workers.
On July 7, 2014 FrontPage Magazine published my report that addressed the many components of the immigration system. The title of my report was: “Border Security and the Immigration Colander.”
My focus was on identifying the many components of the immigration system to explain why it was absurd to think that simply securing the U.S./Mexican border was all that needed to be done.
Going back to the ABC news report, here is how this truly disturbing report begins:
The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished — exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
“My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything,” said Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators. “Some of them could be here to do us harm.”
Homeland Security officials disclosed the breadth of the student visa problem in response to ABC News questions submitted as part of an investigation into persistent complaints about the nation’s entry program for students.
ABC News found that immigration officials have struggled to keep track of the rapidly increasing numbers of foreign students coming to the U.S. — now in excess of one million each year. The immigration agency’s own figures show that 58,000 students overstayed their visas in the past year. Of those, 6,000 were referred to agents for follow-up because they were determined to be of heightened concern.
“They just disappear,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. “They get the visas and they disappear.”
Coburn said since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, 26 student visa holders have been arrested in the U.S. on terror-related charges.
Here are a few “take-aways:”
By not looking for the majority of students who go missing, we send a clear message, violations of visas are not aggressively pursued. Any aspiring illegal aliens just needs to enter the United States and ignore the terms of their admission.
Second- consider how much damage just 19 terrorists inflicted on the United States on September 11, 2001. Now the DHS is concerned about 6,000
This is hardly a new problem.
I have testified before well over a dozen Congressional hearings in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Perhaps the highest profile hearing I for which I have been called to testify was conducted on March 19, 2002 by the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, on the topic:
“INS’S MARCH 2002 NOTIFICATION OF APPROVAL OF CHANGE OF STATUS FOR PILOT TRAINING FOR TERRORIST HIJACKERS MOHAMMED ATTA AND MARWAN AL-SHEHHI”
This hearing is the hearing I referenced during my interview today.
This hearing was covered by C-SPAN and the C-SPAN video every member of Congress should be required to watch it. It is unfathomable how nearly 13 years after that hearing was conducted into one of the most outrageous screw-ups that all of the promises to address the failures of the system continue to plague the entire immigration system. Meanwhile political leaders are willing to rely on that very same dysfunctional system that would be required to adjudicate the applications filed by unknown millions of illegal illegal aliens in the United States under “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”
Furthermore, the DHS is a largely dysfunctional agency that, from its inception, was an agency hobbled by its very structure that de-emphasized the effective enforcement of our immigration laws.
I hope you will be listening!
Here is some background material:
The starting point for any discussion about immigration must be the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Yet there are precious few members of Congress in either the House of Representatives or the United States Senate from either party willing to even mention the fact that there was a 9/11 Commission- when the topic of immigration is raised!
To begin with here are several vital quotes to put things in proper perspective:
The first paragraph of the preface of the The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel begins with the following statement:
It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United
States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were
efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border
security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers
demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the
United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security
policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made
The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist travel went on to detail numerous examples of instances where terrorists not only made use of visa and immigration benefit fraud to enter the United States but to also embed themselves in the United States. Page 47 of this report noted:
Once terrorists had entered the United States, their next challenge was to find a way to remain here. Their primary method was immigration fraud. For example, Yousef and Ajaj concocted bogus political asylum stories when they arrived in the United States. Mahmoud Abouhalima, involved in both the World Trade Center and landmarks plots, received temporary residence under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) program, after falsely claiming that he picked beans in Florida.
This paragraph is found on page 98 under the title “Immigration Benefits:”
“Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.”