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Would a new immigration bill prevent a Boston Bombing or a 1993 or 2001?

Opened and emptied fireworks found in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dormitory room; Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov are charged with conspiring to destroy the evidence, among other offenses. (Photo and caption: FBI)Debate on the new immigration bill has muted somewhat in the aftermath of the Boston Bombing. However, it’s imperative that a public debate occur and total transparency be permitted.

We have to ask ourselves whether a new immigration bill would prevent an act of terrorism like the Boston Bombing.

As new information is released about the Tsarnaev brothers and their supporters, it’s obvious there was a complete breakdown in an area most Americans don’t even think about. Visa overstays are the least discussed aspect of what is loosely referred to as immigration.

Refugee status is another aspect we don’t talk about, although information released by the FBI and other law enforcement suggests the Tsarnaev family members didn’t fit the legal criteria for refugee status. A true refugee doesn’t return to a country where he claimed he’d lose his life if he stayed.

It’s also obvious that younger Tsarnaev brother Dzhokhar fraudulently took the oath of citizenship.

Now the public has learned one student who allegedly assisted the suspect was in the U.S. illegally:

Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested three college friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a bombing suspect, including Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend and classmate of Tsarnaev’s at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Tazhayakov left the U.S. in December and returned Jan. 20. But in early January, his student-visa status was terminated because he was academically dismissed from the university, the official told the AP.

It’s useful to bear in mind that universities aren’t likely to scrutinize foreign students who pay hefty fees to attend college in the U.S., at least they pay them if they’re here legally. ‘Dreamers’ in the country illegally get a break that even U.S. students from out of state don’t get—in-state tuition fees.

The Boston Bombing is another sad reminder that our immigration system doesn’t work because the federal government has consistently refused to uphold its own laws. Fraud is nothing new. As the Center for Immigration Studies reported:

Even with face-to-face interviews, the 1986 amnesty (Immigration Reform and Control Act) still resulted in massive amounts of fraud; it is estimated that 25 percent of all amnesty recipients, or 700,000 individuals, acquired legal status fraudulently.

Is there any good reason to believe that the new act—some refer to it as amnesty—will cause federal authorities to act differently than the amnesties of 1965 and 1986? With each new sweeping amnesty, numbers of illegal aliens have multiplied and we have created a new problem.

It’s doubtful that any new law will prevent a Boston-like act of terror.

The 9/11 Commission Report noted, “It is elemental to border security to know who is coming into the country. Today more than 9 million people are in the United States outside the legal immigration system.” [2004]

If politicians really want to address the issue they call immigration, they would start with an audit of existing laws and ongoing failures to abide by those laws, not just for the aliens who come here and ignore federal law, but for officials like Attorney General Eric Holder who, in a bizarre moment, likened illegal aliens’ situation to the plight of civil rights for blacks in the 1950s.

At present, the U.S. doesn’t even choose the majority of aliens who come here as refugees.

In neglecting the duties they swore to carry out, presidents past and present and their administrations have broken the law. No new law is likely to change that regardless of racialism used in an attempt to garner votes.

In the Boston Bombing, U.S. taxpayer dollars were redistributed to individuals who allegedly killed our people.

Three Americans, including an 8 year old child, died in the Boston Bombings. More than 2 dozen others had limbs amputated. In 2001, approximately 3,000 Americans died. In 1993, six Americans died. Each attack involved at least one breakdown in the U.S. immigration system because laws were not enforced.

What makes anyone think the new law would produce a different behavior in elected officials bent on power and subject to lobbyists’ influence?

Not enforcing numerous existing laws has placed legal immigrants and true refugees at a disadvantage. No one talks about that either.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 2, 2013)

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