Among the many hazy and troubling aspects of the “Gang of Eight” illegal immigrant amnesty bill is its language regarding “background checks” for those illegal aliens who could apply to become legal U.S. residents and eventually gain U.S. citizenship.
According to Senator Marco Rubio, the Gang of Eight’s most prominent spokesman, the bill has a “rigorous background check” provision.
The background check provision of the bill lists several obvious disqualifiers: a felony conviction, three or more misdemeanors, and a few other issues, such as having unlawfully voted.
As far as we can tell, we are not gaining anything by the passage of that provision. Those crimes listed should already put an illegal alien who was arrested under existing law on the fast-track to deportation – except they don’t.
By definition, an illegal alien who has been arrested, brought to trial and convicted of a felony or even one misdemeanor should be up for deportation at the conclusion of his or her sentence – they shouldn’t be here to even be an issue in the “Gang of Eight” bill.
But they are an issue, because all too often the federal government, especially under President Obama, has not deported them when they are convicted, and it can’t keep them from coming back even if they are sent home.
What’s more, it is unclear by whom, and how, the laughably low standard in the bill is going to be implemented.
Perhaps it will be implemented by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama Department of Justice?
This is the same politically tainted outfit that sued the State of Florida when it tried to develop a database of non-citizen voters.
How could anyone know if an illegal alien voted unlawfully, let alone try and convict them, if the U.S. Department of Justice is suing states for trying to identify non-citizen voters?
It gets even more troubling when you consider that, bottom-line, the standard the bill sets-up to be eligible to stay in the U.S. and to eventually become a citizen is simply not being convicted of a crime.
There’s no investigation of the applicant’s “background” in the sense that the applicant’s associations and history here or in his home country are rigorously investigated. One could be the luckiest drug courier in the world or an undocumented “refugee” from a hotbed of Islamist extremism, like say Chechnya (where the Boston bombers were from), and get a free pass to become a U.S. citizen.
In the aftermath of World War II, a good number of Nazis were allowed into this country and eventually became citizens because they didn’t get a thorough background investigation or simply lied and covered-up their Nazi associations. One of them, at 90-years old, is just now entering the final stages of the deportation process after he was identified.
The FBI had a heads-up on Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years ago, yet he was allowed to stay because under FBI and U.S. Attorney General guidelines, there are strict prohibitions against running open-ended investigations into American citizens -- or those legally in the United States -- in the absence of a clear indicator of criminal activity or association with terrorism.
It took almost 70 years to find and try to deport Nazi John (Ivan) Kalymon.
As the bombing in Boston proves, we don’t have 70 years to identify, hunt down and deport radical Islamists who have entered this country under false pretenses, let alone the ones who may be here illegally, as a number of the 9/11 terrorists were.
Any new immigration bill must ensure that a “rigorous background check” is just that.
Determining that an applicant is merely not a known criminal is not enough. To be truly “rigorous,” the background check must determine that the applicant does not represent a potential threat to the United States and that the applicant is worthy of United States citizenship.
Both Tamerlan Tsarnaev and John (Ivan) Kalymon could have easily passed the “rigorous background check” in the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill. Until someone proposes an immigration reform bill that will keep murders like Tsarnaev and Kalymon out of this country, Congress must “hit pause” on immigration reform.