The Government Accountability Office has issued a report about the Transportation Security Administration’s policy on foreign nationals attending flight schools in the U.S. The report discloses a loophole that, considering the 9/11 attacks on America, suggests the administration of President Barack Obama has placed politics above security.
A number of groups perceived as leaning Democrat are protesting the Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona law that permits police to check the immigration status of people during routine law enforcement stops. The groups involved in the protest are not only trying to undo a provision of a law legally passed by a state legislature and upheld in a federal court.
These activist groups, if successful, would protect the loophole GAO revealed in the report:
Since 2009, TSA has continuously vetted all new and existing FAA airman certificate holders against the Terrorist Screening Database, which would include the foreign nationals identified through TSA’s analysis. However, this vetting does not occur until after the foreign national has obtained flight training. Thus, foreign nationals obtaining flight training with the intent to do harm, such as three of the pilots and leaders of the September 11 terrorist attacks, could have already obtained the training needed to operate an aircraft before they received any type of vetting.
CNS News pointed out the impact of that loophole:
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved flight training for 25 illegal aliens at a Boston-area flight school that was owned by yet another illegal alien…
The groups protesting Arizona’s law are apparently not concerned with national security or obeying U.S. law. They are seeking a court order to block the law.
Fox News said, “The National Immigration Law Center is one of the groups pushing the challenge in court along with the American Civil Liberties Union, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Asian American Justice Center, National Day Labor Organizing Network and others.”
At present, U.S. immigration policy is currently skewed to favor illegal aliens and others who benefit from lax border security that in itself defies the IRCA law passed in 1986. This lax security benefits human traffickers, smugglers, gang members and drug cartels.
That a taxpayer funded security agency like TSA does not check immigration status for people enrolling in flight school should concern every American. Democrats have embraced a policy that places U.S. security at the bottom of their agenda.
The TSA lapse is one of many concerns. In July, 2011, an illegal was discovered working at Palo Verde Nuclear Plant, the largest in the nation.
President Barack Obama’s policy is based on an expansive view of his own powers over immigration, but he has ignored both Congress and the U.S. Constitution in his decision-making. The amnesty policy Obama recently implemented not only effectively overturned the law, it also neutered the power of Congress over immigration. Furthermore, Obama's policy places legal immigrants at the back of the line.
The illegals at flight schools the GAO report notes were detected by local police, not the feds.
If the activist groups were to succeed in blocking implementation of Arizona’s perfectly legal provision, the loophole would remain in place.
No one really knows who funds or supports many activist groups, but it’s safe to assume that a number of them do not have the best interests of the U.S. in mind.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 19, 2012)
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