Following the terrorist bombing in Boston, amnesty supporters have tried to turn that tragedy to their advantage by claiming that amnesty would help combat terrorism by allowing authorities to do background checks on illegal aliens who come forward for legal status.
Fact Check: Such a claim shows one more example of the dishonesty of amnesty supporters. By rewarding lawbreakers we promote lawlessness while extending an invitation to more lawbreakers to come here. Thus we create a social environment where criminal activity, including terrorism, can thrive.
Of course it’s unlikely that illegal aliens seriously planning terrorism—such as some of the 9/11 plotters—would step forward for amnesty and background checks. But even if they did, they probably wouldn’t have much to worry about. The fact of the matter is that the huge number of foreigners we have in our country already makes it difficult to screen out those who may be hostile.
The Boston bomber suspects are a good case in point. Russian officials alerted the FBI to the potential danger that one of them posed, and the Bureau followed up by interviewing him and his family, along with checking his records. But nothing evidently followed from that.
Amnesty in a short amount of time would burden authorities with checking nearly 11 million illegal aliens. And under the Senate amnesty bill, they would receive much less scrutiny than the bombing suspect and his relatives. Under the bill there would be no fact to face interviews with applicants or their family members. Furthermore it will be difficult to determine their criminal histories in their home countries.
The 1986 amnesty of three million illegal aliens did provide for face to face interviews, but still the mass of applicants prevented effective investigation. About 25 percent of all the applications by illegal aliens that allowed them to gain legal status and citizenship were fraudulent.
The Senate bill, aside from granting amnesty, also increases our already huge level of legal immigration, as well as increasing the admission of guest workers. The massive influx of foreigners we have now is overwhelming our powers of assimilation and creating more and more communities outside the mainstream. Some alienated people in those communities could be drawn to terrorism.
If the supporters of the Senate bill were honest they surely would admit that their bill offers nothing for national security. But, once again, they aren’t honest.