Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Study: Terrorists Exploit Immigration Laws

Study: Terrorists Exploit Immigration Laws

Suspected or convicted foreign-born terrorists have routinely exploited federal immigration laws over the last decade to enter or remain in the United States illegally, according to a report set for release Tuesday. Once in the country, some of them became naturalized citizens, says the report distributed by the Center for Immigration Studies, an advocate for stricter immigration policies. ``The attack of 9/11 was not an isolated instance of al-Qaida infiltration into the United States,'' the 46-page report found.``In fact, dozens of operatives both before and after 9/11 - other than the 9/11 hijackers - have managed to enter and embed themselves in the United States, actively carrying out plans to commit terrorist acts against U.S. interests or support designated foreign terrorist organizations,'' the report concluded.

The report from the Center for Immigration Studies:

Immigration Benefits and Terrorism - Moving Beyond the 9/11 Staff report on Terrorist Travel

This report covers the immigration histories of 94 terrorists who operated in the United States between the early 1990s and 2004, including six of the September 11th hijackers. Other than the hijackers, almost all of these individuals have been indicted or convicted for their crimes. The report builds on prior work done by 9/11 Commission and the Center for Immigration Studies, providing more information than has been previously been made public. The findings show widespread terrorist violations of immigration laws. The report highlights the danger of our lax immigration system, not just in terms of who is allowed in, but also how terrorists, once in the country, used weaknesses in the system to remain here. The report makes clear that strict enforcement of immigration law – at American consulates overseas, at ports of entry, and within the United States – must be an integral part of our efforts to prevent future attacks on U.S. soil.


At August 30, 2005 12:30 PM, Blogger Chip said...

I'm a pessimist. Not that I want unrestricted immigration and the inevitable terrorism, but I fear it's essential, unavoidable, and the only thing which advances understanding.

The first WTC didn't wake many people up but me and my father apparently. We both were screaminig "act of war." Don't give us much credit though. Neither one of us knew much about Islam. He, at least, could differentiate between Sunnis and Shia after the Iranian Revolution and his naval experience.

The 1983 HizbAllah bombing in Lebanon taught us nothing. Khobar Towers in 1996 didn't advance the ball. The 1998 Africa bombings were just more of the same: law enforcement, no real response, despite being another overt act of war. The USS Cole, same.

9/11 finally made people realize a few things. Terrorism could have enormous impact on human life, economics, and do more damage than a military air strike. Soon after that, it was business-politics as usual.

I'm not sure how many wake-up calls America needs, but I'm positive we've found the snooze button. Trying to get people to read intelligent commentary on Islam and the inextricable link to terrorism seems harder than trying to get addicts to quit smoking. The only things more dangerous than our external-internal enemies are PC, lawyers who believe the U.S. Constitution is a suicide pact, and those who simply refuse to study Islam, or brush away every intelligent criticism with infantile moral equivalence.

Each time something blows up, some of those barriers lose a few bricks.

At August 31, 2005 3:12 PM, Blogger RobertinArabia said...

A terrorist is a man with a bomb that does not have an air force.


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