When Are We Going to Get Serious About Immigration? | Center for Immigration Studies:
"The news over the past couple of days highlights how screwed up our immigration policy is.
In response to the Minnesota attack by a Somali immigrant jihadist, Jeremy Carl asks at National Review, "But if even a small, but meaningful number of Somali immigrants join terror groups, which they most certainly do in numbers far out of proportion to their population, why do we need to bring in more?"
The importance of this question is heightened by the magnitude of the "more."
We've admitted about 50,000 Somali refugees just since 2009, nearly 8,000 of them through the first 11 months of the current fiscal year (through the end of August).
The UN held a refugee summit yesterday (and President Obama is hosting an after-party today) to hector the functional nations of the world to admit even more people from places like Somalia. Obama's own contribution is a pledge to admit at least 110,000 "refugees" in FY 2017 (up from 85,000 in FY 2016), which starts in about two weeks.
...To top it off, the inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security found that hundreds of foreigners from source countries of terrorism, with outstanding deportation orders, were granted citizenship. (Here's the news story; here's the complete report.)
That's because they gave different names than the ones they'd given before and their fingerprints hadn't been digitized, so they were able to slip through the highly touted vetting process.
Congress gave DHS money to digitize old fingerprint records, but they used it up and apparently didn't bother asking Congress for more.
It's not that the Obama administration wanted to give citizenship to bad guys; they just didn't think maintaining the integrity of the naturalization process was all that important.
Instead, they spent money explaining how immigrants can sign up for welfare and suing companies that tried too hard to avoid hiring illegal aliens.
If our own government can't access its own data to vet immigrants it has already allowed in, why would anyone think we can successfully vet foreigners living in failed states?
Oh, and by the way, over the past decade, we've naturalized about 50,000 Somalis and 20,000 Afghans.
But I'm sure there's nothing to worry about!"