America’s broken immigration system is putting the country at risk.
The Trump administration took important steps to fix the decades-long problem.
But one ISIS member just proved the border crisis is not over.
More people are beginning to understand the threat of unfettered illegal immigration into the country.
But there are also problems with the legal immigration and refugee resettlement systems.
Big tech is abusing the H-1B visa program which allows them to bring in IT workers at a reduced cost to American workers with commensurate computer science degrees.
The foreign employees are also yoked to the tech companies because if they leave, they lose their visa status.
It’s a form of indentured servitude that ends up hurting American workers.
And refugee resettlement programs have allowed immigrants with terrorist affiliations and anti-American sentiments to come into the country.
Over 1,000 Iraqi refugees were resettled in Oregon, and at least one pledged his loyalty to ISIS and acted on their behalf.
From The New York Post:
“A Portland-area man was busted for allegedly distributing ISIS propaganda online — including disturbing explainers on how to kill and maim with a knife and how explosive devices work, federal authorities said. Hawazen Sameer Mothafar, 31, of Troutdale is accused of helping the terrorist group recruit new members and encouraging supporters to carry out attacks…citing a federal indictment.”
Mothafar also provided fake IDs and online profiles for ISIS members in order to evade detection and capture.
Iraq was removed from the travel restrictions outlined by the Trump administration for political reasons, so the issue of improper screening has not been resolved.
Others within America have been caught planning attacks on behalf of ISIS or even leaving the country in order to fight for ISIS.
One of the terrorist websites associated with Mothafar featured articles like “Effective Stabbing Techniques” and “How Does a Detonator Work.”
There was not great rationale for allowing Mothafar into the country in the first place.
He’s wheelchair-bound, so his parents were allowed to resettle with him as caregivers and he does not speak English.
Mothafar was also allowed to slip through because the screening process is antiquated – there are post-World War II and Cold War relics on the questionnaire.
The problem is also exacerbated by anti-American activists like Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour, an advocate of Sharia law who tells Muslims not to assimilate to American culture.
Now the United States government is on the hook for Mothafar, his parents, his legal battle, and his incarceration.
An incoming Biden administration has already signaled that it intends to reverse a lot of immigration measures implemented by Trump.
That’s not going to make the American people any safer or more prosperous.
It’s time for the United States to have a sensible immigration policy that focuses on the needs of Americans, not terrorists.