The comprehensive immigration reform that President Barack Obama envisions, in effect, would provide for a trans-global right of entry. His vision, however, has hit a roadblock with the series of recent terrorist plots and attacks within the United States, including the following:
- May 2007. In New Jersey, six Islamist terrorists (four Yugoslavs, one Jordanian, and one Turk, several of them illegal aliens) were indicted for plotting to kill U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix Army Base. One pled to a weapons charge, and the other five who went to trial were convicted.
- June 1, 2009. In Little Rock, Ark., a U.S.-born citizen, who had converted to Islam and taken the name Abdulhakim Muhammad, murdered a U.S. soldier on duty at a recruiting office. While in Yemen in 2007, Muhammad had been deported back to the United States for Yemen visa violations.
- Nov. 5 — At Fort Hood, Texas, Major Nidal Hasan, a U.S.-born citizen and U.S. Army psychiatrist, massacred 12 unarmed U.S. soldiers and a civilian employee and injured several dozen others. Hasan shouted “Allahu akbar” as he opened fire. Of Palestinian descent and vocally pro-Hamas, he was in e-mail contact with Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida recruiter in Yemen. Awlaki, also a U.S.-born citizen, had parents who were in the United States as foreign students. Today, Hasan is in jail awaiting trial, and al-Awlaki is on a CIA capture or kill list.
- Dec. 10 — In Pakistan, five young Muslim men (three born to immigrant parents in the United States and two naturalized U.S. citizens) from the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area were arrested by Paki police for seeking to join jihad to kill U.S. soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan. They were of Paki, Egyptian, Ethiopian, and Yemeni descent.
- Christmas Day, 2009 — Over Detroit, a would-be suicide bomber on a Northwest Airlines jet failed to ignite a bomb in his underwear. The bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria, was traveling on a visa issued by the U.S. State Department. He received terrorist training in Yemen, and al-Awlaki was one of his trainers.
- April 23 — Zarein Ahmedzay, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, pled guilty to plotting to detonate explosives on the New York City Subway System.
- May 4 — At Times Square in New York City, naturalized U.S. citizen Faisal Shazad is accused of planting a car bomb that failed to ignite. In recent years, Shazad made 13 trips to Pakistan, his birthplace.
Among the perpetrators of these acts are illegal aliens, holders of fraudulently obtained U.S. visas, fraudulently naturalized U.S. citizens, and U.S.-born children of legal or illegal immigrant parents. U.S. immigration laws, if enforced, could have prevented these terror plots and attacks. Immigration reform advocates in Congress are undeterred, however, by national security breaches resulting from the government’s abject failure to secure the borders and regulate the flow of immigrants. Congress appears oblivious to the rising anger of U.S. citizens over these increasing incidents of terrorism.
How many applicants for naturalization are sleeper agents of terror groups, such as the Times Square car bomber? The oath taken by naturalized U.S. citizens includes the following words: “I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been subject or citizen; I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic . . . I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, so help me God.” To take such an oath with ill intent constitutes perjury.
In 2008, slightly more than a million foreign nationals were sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizens. Obama’s immigration reform (Obamigration), if passed, could escalate this number into the multimillions. In recent years, fast-track naturalization has acceded to applicant demands that they be eligible to vote legally in presidential elections. To comply, the federal government has made less-than-thorough evaluations of citizenship applicants. The process has been sloppy, and the errors numerous. Without a thorough vetting process, the country proceeds at great risk.
In 2009, the estimated number of foreign nationals entering the United States illegally was down from an average of 1.5 million a year to about 800,000, but these numbers are rising again in 2010, and not all of them hail from Mexico. The U.S. Border Patrol uses “OTM” (other than Mexicans) to identify illegal aliens from other countries and continents. Among these OTMs are an increasing number of Islamist terrorists, some of whom are adopting Hispanic personas to slip into the United States across the southern border.
In exchange for congressional votes for the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Obamacare), the Obama administration pledged to liberalize U.S. immigration law, especially enforcement provisions. Despite this White House commitment, the BP oil disaster may sidetrack immigration reform in this election year, as cap-and-trade energy legislation moves in and out of the limelight.
But immigrant special interests have not given up on comprehensive immigration reform. For them, tomorrow is another day.
The U.S. naturalization system truly is broken, as is the entire U.S. immigration system, which is in dire need of fixing. A global right of entry, however, is not a palatable fix. It will throw open the floodgates.
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