Citizenship – A Case for Immigration Reform

Annually, our federal government grants citizenship to thousands of immigrants. A final, but of utmost importance, step is the oath.

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all US-Citizenship-and-Immigration-Servicesallegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

This week FBI agents arrested two recently accepted citizens, two Pakistani brothers, in Broward County, Florida for planning terroristic attacks against this country. According to the Miami Herald,

FBI arrests two Pakistani brothers from Oakland Park on terrorism charges

The brothers, 20-year-old Raess Alam Qazi and 30-year-old Sheheryar Alam Qazi, have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. They were arrested Thursday by the FBI and remain in custody at the Broward County Jail.

Between July 2011 and Thursday, prosecutors said, the pair provided transportation, money, lodging and other aid toward a plan to use a large-scale weapon somewhere in the United States. Federal authorities would disclose few details of the ongoing investigation Friday, declining to name the target of the alleged plot, or how close the plan was to fruition.”

What’s the point? The point is, quite simply this: the Constitution works when we follow its precepts, specifically the Fourth Amendment. Reasonable suspicion.
SCOTUS has worked just about every angle on the idea of “reasonable suspicion” that precipitates investigations and arrests of persons. The essence of “reasonable suspicion” is that which would arouse suspicion in an ordinary person.
We have been under attack by Islamists from before the time of Jefferson’s presidency. True, along the way a few radical non-Muslims like Unibomber, President Obama’s close friends Bernadine Dorhn and Bill Ayers and the mass murderers who destroyed the Murrah Federal Office building in Oklahoma have used bombs to further their political agendas. However, the preponderance of all terrorist attacks on U.S. persons and property have been the work of Islamists. Here is a link to a chronological list of domestic Muslim acts of terror since 1972: Islamic Terror Attacks on American Soil.

The two young Pakistani men arrested were from a country that is a hotbed of terrorism. I believe we should set aside and neutralize the practice of political correctness and due diligence on all to whom we grant citizenship.
Fortunately, the FBI discovered criminal activities and prevented a devastating attack on our fellow Americans. I applaud the men and women of the FBI who made the discoveries and subdued the perpetrators.
Let’s not allow law enforcement to be hamstrung by political correctness. If your Muslim co-workers or neighbors exhibit behaviors that arouse your suspicion, report your suspicions to the FBI or local law enforcement and do it in writing. Law enforcement officers are more likely to respond if they have reasonable suspicion and your written observations can empower them to do their duty.
Immigration process should change in a few ways:
  1. Visas to visitors and temporary workers from all countries, other than Islamic states, should be facilitated and expedited, thus substantially lessening incentive to illegally cross our borders.
  2. More rigorously examine visitors and applicants for citizenship from Islamic countries.

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