Donald Trump is being criticized by some liberals for noting that the U.S. is “allowing these people to come in,” referencing the terrorists who attempted to attack innocents in New York and New Jersey over the weekend. But he’s absolutely right.
“We’re allowing these people to come into our country and destroy our country and make it unsafe for people. We’re allowing these people to come in,” Trump told Fox and Friends.
“We don’t want to do any profiling. If somebody looks like he’s got a massive bomb on his back, we won’t go up to that person … because, if he looks like he comes from that part of the world, we’re not allowed to profile. Give me a break.”
Trump added that he doesn’t like the idea of profiling, but said it could become a necessary evil as the nation becomes more prone to terror attacks.
Another option, however, is that the nation’s leaders actually adhere to the immigration standards already in place in the U.S.
Consider this report from the Associated Press on Monday:
The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday.
The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies weren’t caught because their fingerprints were missing from government databases.
DHS said in an emailed statement that an initial review of these cases suggest that some of the individuals may have ultimately qualified for citizenship, and that the lack of digital fingerprint records does not necessarily mean they committed fraud.
The report does not identify any of the immigrants by name, but Inspector General John Roth’s auditors said they were all from “special interest countries” — those that present a national security concern for the United States — or neighboring countries with high rates of immigration fraud. The report did not identify those countries.
Government officials have blamed the mistake on outdated filing systems.
But it’s likely that the number of people making it into the country from terror strongholds is far higher than the article above reports.
Part of the problem is the ongoing presidentially-mandated weakness along the nation’s southern border.
The final months of 2015 brought a surge of Afghan and Pakistani nationals attempting to enter the U.S. illegally via the southern border. The San Diego sector of the Border Patrol has been a particularly hot area for the Middle Eastern illegal immigrants, with records showing that Border Protection agents detained 22 Pakistanis and two Afghans between October and November.
“It’s very concerning,” National Border Patrol Council president Terence Shigg said. “We have no idea what their actual intentions are because we have no effective way of backtracking. Just the males are coming and there’s no way for us to know for certain who they are and why.”
In addition, the Obama administration’s ambitious goals to resettle tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in the U.S. are stretching the nation’s immigration vetting abilities to the max.