Comment: Immigration and Security
In today's issue of Immigration Daily, we are carrying an article by Stratfor which argues that it is impossible for the government to stop every single small scale terrorist attack by individual, lone wolf terrorists like the one in Chattanooga. It argues that since 9/11 government has done a remarkable job of protecting the homeland against large scale attacks by well-funded and advanced terrorist networks against valuable or symbolic targets. Implementing systemic changes to prevent large scale attacks and making smaller attacks harder is the proper strategy for the government and it should not be judged by the impossible standard that it must prevent every terrorist attack. Otherwise, all kinds of draconian measures will be promoted as a result of a single small scale attack that would make normal life impossible.
The same pattern applies to immigration. Government should concentrate on making mainstream large-scale immigration as simple and easy as possible, while implementing commonsensical safeguards that prevent criminals from immigrating. In spite of these safeguards, we should expect that a handful of immigrants with criminal intent will get through, and we must resist the clamor for draconian immigration restrictions when an individual immigrant is involved in a crime. Immigration is an integral part of normal life in America. The price of "perfect security" is paralysis of normal life-and such life is neither perfect nor secure.
DACA Recipients Who Received 3-Year Work Authorization Post-Injunction: Quick Facts
Who Is Affected and Why
You must return your 3-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) if:
You are a DACA recipient who received a 3-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after Feb. 16, 2015 and
USCIS has sent you one or more letters and/or notices to inform you of the action you must take. In addition, USCIS may have contacted you already or may contact you by telephone, text message, email, and/or in-person at your home.
If you have any questions or if you are not sure if you are an affected DACA recipient who must return your 3-year EAD, please contact USCIS Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283 and select option 1 for English, then 8.
The reason for this action is that, after a court order in Texas v. United States, No. B-14-254 (S.D. Tex.) was issued, USCIS approves DACA deferred action requests and related employment authorization applications only for 2-year periods.
USCIS has sent new valid, 2-year EADs to all affected DACA recipients and rendered the 3-year EAD invalid. If you are an affected DACA recipient and have not received a new 2-year EAD, please contact USCIS Customer Service at 1-800-375-5283 and select option 8.
Important note: This action does not apply to the approximately 108,000 3-year EADs that were approved and mailed by USCIS on or before the Feb. 16, 2015, injunction date and that have never been returned or reissued by USCIS.
This action affects approximately 2,100 3-year DACA work authorizations mistakenly issued after the court order. It also affects approximately 500 EADs that were issued before the
U.S. law enforcement is under incredible pressure to thwart every terrorist plot, an impossible task as made clear by the July 16 attack on a military recruiting station and a Navy Reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The attack underscores the reality of the current terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland.
Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the shooter killed by police in the Chattanooga attack, is the prototypical leaderless resistance assailant. He had no known connection or even communications with a jihadist group. He plotted and launched his attack alone and, judging from interviews with his friends and family members, gave very little indication of his impending plans. He was apparently self-radicalized and reportedly influenced in some part by the preaching of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has just become the 15th candidate to announce his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination. His public statements and policy choices as Governor demonstrate a policymaker lacking a clear and consistent view on immigration, who also used his budget authority as Governor to take higher education out of the reach of undocumented students in Wisconsin.
With respect to his views on a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the Associated Pressreports that his view have changed over time:
“As early as 2002, Walker supported creating a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally. Now he doesn’t. He attributed the shift to his conversations with border-state governors and voters nationwide. “
His views now seem to closely reflect the failed enforcement-first strategy of past candidates like Mitt Romney. When interviewed by ABC News over the weekend he said: “My position on immigration is simple. Secure the border, enforce the laws.”