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  • Article: Biggest Threat to National Security May be U.S. Immigration Policies. By Robert Rogers

    Biggest Threat to National Security May be U.S. Immigration Policies

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    Robert Rogers



























    Photo of Capital Dome courtesy of David Ohmer/Flickr

    Biggest Threat to National Security May be U.S. Immigration Policies

    In September 2015, President Obama announced that the U.S. would take in at least 10,000 displaced Syrians over the next year. Such political maneuvers launched circulating topics for the 2016 Presidential debates.

    Candidate Hillary Clinton chimed in along with her opponent, Martin O’Malley, calling on the U.S. to accept as many as 65,000 refugees displaced by the chaos in Syria. However, other Republicans have expressed concern over the refugee screening process and the possibility of admitting Islamic extremists.

    Interestingly enough, Muslims have been immigrating to the U.S through legal channels since the early 1990’s. There are a myriad of legal opportunities for foreign nationals to come into the US, the most notable of which are student and investor visas, the Diversity Visa Lottery,Temporary Protected Status Program and the Refugee Resettlement/Asylum Program.

    Refugee Program

    One of the largest sources of Muslim migration to the U.S. is the Refugee Resettlement/Asylum Program. Since 2009, the U.S. has admitted an average of 70,000 refugees per year. 46.4% of all U.S. refugees in FY2014 came from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Iraq, Iran and Somalia.

    Student Visa

    An F1 visa is issued to international students attending an academic program at a US college or university. They can remain in the US up to 60 days beyond the time it takes to complete their academic program, unless they have been approved to stay and work under the OPT Program.

    In 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced an expanded list of STEM designated-degree programs that qualify graduates on student visas for an optional practical training (OPT) extension. students who graduate from U.S. academic institutions are able to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months, those who graduate from a designated STEM degree program can remain for an additional 17 months on an OPT STEM extension.

    The Obama administration repealed the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS) implemented after 9/11 to properly vet and track those coming from risky countries on a student visa.

    Investor Visas

    Under The EB-5 program, In exchange for investing between $500,000 to $1 million in a U.S. business that creates jobs for U.S. workers, foreign nationals and their families can become permanent residents of the U.S.

    The program's popularity has increased as the number of applicants vying for the annual allotment of 10,667 visas has doubled nearly every year since 2009, with a total of 7,376 approvals in the last two years alone.

    Diversity Visa Lottery (DV Program)

    The DV Program makes 50,000 immigrant visas available annually by a random lottery to foreign nationals. The heaviest users of the lottery are Ethiopia, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Liberia, Nepal, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

    Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

    As part of the Immigration Act of 1990, Congress established the TPS Program under which designated immigrants who are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions are granted temporary protected visas.

    Countries Currently Designated for TPS are El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

    Threats

    Some of the deadliest and most ambitious terrorist plots in America have come from Muslim refugees, and those seeking asylum and granted visas.

    Ramzi Yousef, convicted of the February 1993 World Trade Center Bombing killing six people and injuring more than a thousand entered the U.S. on an application for political asylum.

    All of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11/2001 Attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 killing 2,996 people came into the U.S. on student, tourist or business visas.

    The April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, came to the United States as political refugees in 2002.

    Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) issued a statement in July 2015 that connects the growing threat of terrorism to record levels of legal immigration.

    Under our current U.S. immigration policy, a terrorist doesn’t need to illegally cross the border. They can enter the U.S. legally at our invitation as a student, a refugee, an entrepreneur, or one protected under asylum.

    Reprinted with permission.


    About The Author

    Robert Rogers practices in small business and immigration law with a office in beautiful Miami, Florida. He has extensive experience helping internationals in business ventures along with helping foreigners with their immigration needs.


    The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.

    Comments 2 Comments
    1. jjking20000101's Avatar
      jjking20000101 -
      Legally helping the legal immigrants to be U.S. security threats?
      What Roger wrote may be true. But can we ever get to close our borders and isolate our country from the rest of the world? Also, as an immigration attorney at the beautiful Miami, aren't you legally helping these people to legally come to the U.S. as potentially security threats to the country?
    1. Mimosa's Avatar
      Mimosa -
      That's a good point... I believe he is mentioning the loopholes of which some, not all, immigrants come through and are able to access a city and strike. I suppose there will always be some sort of loophole. But these are the current ones at the moment. These are really just facts.. And I believe individual firm owners can either take on a immigration case or not. I don't think an attorney has to represent or except a retainer from anyone should they be under the impression that they have illegal intentions.
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