The Boston Marathon bombing will forever taint any talk of immigration reform because it is a stark reminder than the primary obligation of the federal government is to protect United States soil. The explosion that left five dead and 100 injured proves there was a flaw somewhere that allowed this tragedy to occur and those flaws need to be corrected in any future immigrant legislation to ensure the safety of all Americans.
For her defense, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in 2013 security protocol for those seeking refugee status was top-notch at the time of the bombing. The fact is that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who died in the bombing, were able to immigrate from their native home in a Russian province and still maintain communications with what Russian security forces deemed as extreme radical Muslims. Although the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was made aware by Russian security of possible terrorist activities, the bureau cleared the brothers and allowed them to move and operate freely.
As immigration talks continue to evolve, additional concerns are being raised that radical extremists could sneak into America through neighboring countries like Canada and Mexico. The general theory is that radical terrorists use drug cartel criminals, who will transport anything or anyone for a price, to gain access past the United States-Mexico border. A boat full of unknown individuals crashed into a San Diego beach in 2014. Law officials captured some of those attempting to enter the United States illegally, but others remain at large to this day.
There were security alerts issued for malls in recent months and a number of Senate and House members are calling for more information on the real terror assessment risk. Obviously, such information would have been incredibly valuable before people were injured in the fateful Boston Marathon bombing. Alas, the Boston Marathon bombing calls for more security information, even today, as mothers drop their children off at schools and military personnel head to their offices. Yes, flaws that allowed the Boston Marathon bombing to occur must be recognized and addressed.
Senate Bill (S.B.) 744 was one casualty of immigration reform delays and bitter arguments on Capitol Hill. The bill, considered a huge effort focusing on guest worker amnesty, died when the 114th Congress began in January. Under congressional rules, any laws not passed before the beginning of the next session are automatically dismissed and the process starts all over.
The senate bill was not a favorite by anyone. It was drafted in secret meetings conducted by the notorious Gang of Eight; eight Democratic and Republican senators with multiple consults from amnesty and business lobbyists.
Any immigration bill drafted in the future should be created under the full scope of the American public. Immigration is something that is not only a safety concern for United States citizens, but is also of importance to protect the rights and freedoms of those who legally have immigrated to this country. Those politicians who seek to implement new immigration laws should tread slowly in order to develop a bill that appropriately addresses the problems.
In the meantime, Homeland Security should make sure its current protocols that Napolitano said were in place at the time of the Boston Marathon bombings are carried out. That means implementing deportation of illegal immigrants that President Barack Obama has, by executive order, allowed to stay since 2012. Going against a sitting president will be as politically dangerous as it is gutsy, but the security of America requires it. The dead and injured left by the Boston Marathon bombing requires that flaws, seen and unseen, in the immigration system be fixed. However, the federal government first must recognize what the American public already knows – that there are flaws in the system putting Americans at risk on United States soil.
Opinion By Melody Dareing
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