Less than one month after the terror attack in Boston that involved immigrants and aliens who had entered the United States with student visas to which they may not have been entitled, NBC has just reported that a citizen of Tunisia who had apparently entered the United States with a work visa was arrested for his alleged goal to assist other suspected terrorists in Canada to destroy a train near the U.S. /Canadian border.
| Thursday, May 9, 2013 | Updated 2:25 PM EDT
– A Tunisian man has been charged in New York for lying about his work visa because he wanted to facilitate “an act of terrorism” and authorities say he had connections to the thwarted terror plot that involved derailing a passenger train near the Canadian border.
– Federal prosecutors said Thursday that the man has ties to the two suspects arrested recently in what the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said was an “al-Qaida-supported” plot.
– U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Abassi “had an evil purpose for seeking to remain in the United States – to commit acts of terror and develop a network of terrorists here, and to use this country as a base to support the efforts of terrorists internationally.”
Once again the issue of how aliens entering the United States with visas pose a threat to national security.
This is not a new problem.
On May 20, 1997 the House Immigration Subcommittee held a hearing entitled:
I was one of the witnesses called to that hearing. It would mark my first appearance before a Congressional hearing but hardly my last.
The motivation for that hearing was the terrorist attacks of 1993 that were committed on American soil. In January 1993 Amir Kansi, a citizen of Pakistan who had committed fraud in his application for political asylum succeeded in acquiring political asylum stood outside CIA Headquarters in Virginia and opened fire with an AK-47. He fired upon the vehicles being driven into the CIA parking lot. He killed two CIA officers and wounded three others. Just one month later, on February 26th, a team of terrorists from the Middle East carried out the first bombing at the World Trade Center that killed 6 innocent victims and injured approximately one thousand victims.
They had all committed visa fraud and some had gamed the immigration benefits program.
Once again I ask that you consider how absurd it is that supporters of Comprehensive Immigration Reform insist that supposedly securing the border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico is all that is necessary to engage in a program to provide identity documents in conjunction with a massive program to provide unknown millions of illegal aliens- likely tens of millions of illegal aliens with employment authorization.
The bottom line is that as I noted in an interview
I participated in with Megyn Kelly of Fox News last week on May 2nd- there are many holes in the system that are not being plugged.
The administration is doing less than nothing to address this serious threat to national security and Comprehensive Immigration Reform would actually create nearly infinite opportunities for unlimited numbers of terrorists to embed themselves in the United States.
On April 22, 3013 the Washington Times ran an article entitled:
According to this Washington Time news report 99.5% of the aliens who apply for the DACA (Deferred Action / Childhood Arrival) program are granted identity documents and employment authorization. According to my sources there are few, if any, face to face interviews being conducted to process hundreds of thousands of applications filed by illegal aliens to participate in this program. There are no resources to determine whether or not statements made in these applications are truthful. There is not reliable way to even ascertain that the applicants have not committed identity theft!
The fact that this terror suspect is apparently being prosecuted for committing visa fraud also goes back to my opposition to the Visa Waiver program. Today 37 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program. Visa Fraud carries a maximum of 25 years in prison if an alien files a fraudulent visa application in conjunction with a terror plot. Aliens who enter the United States under the auspices of the Visa Waiver Program file no such application.
We have been told that the United States must admit thousands of foreign workers to meet the needs of industry. I have a better idea- our government must do more to make certain that the work visa program has more integrity to help provide employment opportunities for American workers and making certain that there is real integrity to the process by which visas are issued to aliens and the screening process conducted by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) inspectors at ports of entry is improved to first and foremost, enhance national security!
While attention is being intentionally drawn to the U.S./Mexican border by the “Eight Gangsters” and other proponents for Comprehensive Immigration Reform attention is purposely being drawn away from the myriad other abysmal failures of the immigration system.
The lack of integrity in the adjudications process was the focus of clear concerns of the 9/11 Commission, and the 9/11 Commission staff noted it in their report, 9/11 AND TERRORIST TRAVEL: Staff Report of the National Commission onTerrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
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.”
Page 47 of the above-noted report contained the following paragraph:
“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. Mohammed Salameh, who rented the truck used in the bombing, overstayed his tourist visa. He then applied for permanent residency under the agricultural workers program, but was rejected. Eyad Mahmoud Ismail, who drove the van containing the bomb, took English-language classes at Wichita State University in Kansas on a student visa; after he dropped out, he remained in the United States out of status.”
On July 27, 2006 I testified before a hearing called by the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims.
The topic of that hearing was:
WHETHER THE ATTEMPTED IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REID-KENNEDY IMMIGRATION BILL WILL RESULT IN AN ADMINISTRATIVE AND NATIONAL SECURITY NIGHTMARE
During my testimony I included the following statement:
Awhile back, Robert Mueller, the director of the FBI, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his concerns about so-called sleeper agents. As you know, a sleeper agent is a terrorist, spy or enemy combatant who one way or another succeeds in gaining entry into the United States to carry out an attack or other hostile act against our country.
But while awaiting his instructions, however, such individuals do whatever they have to do to not call attention to themselves. Many, as we have seen, get low-profile [jobs], such as driving an ice cream truck, a taxicab, work in a used car lot, or attend school. Often the job that they take provides them with mobility to move freely among us as they conduct clandestine meetings, surveillance or other preparatory functions till the day that they are called into action.
A few days before a terrorist carries out an attack, he is in fact likely to hide in plain sight by going to his job. If our Government makes it that much easier for a terrorist to legally get a job under an assumed identity, then Al Qaida should give the people in our Government who make this possible the MVP award.
What I said then is certainly just as applicable today.
Visa Fraud not only undermines national security. Visa fraud also undermines the “American Dream” for American workers of every race, religion and ethnicity!
On May 15, 2007 an infuriating video was aired on Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN. The video runs about four and a half minutes and features an immigration lawyers’ conference in which lawyers were being coached to “not find qualified U.S. workers!” The lecturer who is instructing the attorneys is a guy by the name of Lawrence M. Lebowitz, the Vice President of Marketing for the firm of Cohen & Grigsby. This video was posted on You Tube by the Programmer Guild, an organization that is comprised of computer programmers.
This video was, I believe, made clandestinely. This is the link to that video:
Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today!
Our armed forces are charged with securing America’s borders externally while the DHS is supposed to secure those same borders from within. The failures of the DHS to live up to its half of the equation are undermining the efforts, valor and incredible sacrifices of Americas men and women who serve in our military!The immigration laws are supposed to achieve two primary goals- to protect American lives and protect Americans’ jobs.
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Our nation is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world. However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels or members of other transnational gangs or members of al-Qaeda or other terrorist organizations!
It is also vital that American workers never be made to compete with foreign workers for their jobs! (This requirement is a component of the Immigration Laws that are not being enforced today!)
If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws that are intended to protect our nation and our citizens concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation!
I also ask that you pass this e-mail along to your friends and neighbors- I am attempting to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”
We the People must make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!
We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.
This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!
You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!
Democracy is not a spectator sport!
Lead, follow or get out of the way!
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