In mid-November, FBI director James B. Comey addressed the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. As Comey spoke, media were also covering the debate in Congress about creating new immigration laws.
A series of stories broke that should concern Americans because resources must be stressed considering the porous nature of U.S. borders on both land and sea. Is current federal policy endangering our lives?
Various media reported members of al Qaeda had lived in Kentucky, allowed to enter the U.S. as refugees. Refugees are eligible for welfare programs paid for by the U.S. taxpayer. One terrorist decided to quit his job. He was given public housing. A police chief in Bowling Green wondered how we could let someone who was a “known actor” in terrorism before coming to the U.S. managed to get into the country.
In North Carolina, an IED was found by a newspaper carrier on a country road in a town near Charlotte. The IED was stuffed inside a teddy bear. There’s no information on who the perpetrator is, but several other bombs have been discovered in North Carolina.
In Washington, the House Judiciary Committee has been investigating the possibility that members of Mexican drug cartels have also exploited our asylum policies, causing more concerns about the refusal of our government at the highest levels to meet the commitment to set policy to uphold federal laws.
If you read the FBI blog, you’ll see just how busy the agency is, not just with efforts to combat violence but financial fraud as well.
Meanwhile, the National Border Patrol Council has issued warning after warning to Americans about political obstruction of agents attempting to do their jobs. The Obama administration has reduced resources, but at the same time, spent money to put cameras in place to monitor the agents.
Politicians have focused all their efforts on pleasing activists who want blanket amnesty, purely in an effort to import cheap labor despite high unemployment in the U.S. and to garner votes.
Comey told the Senate Committee:
“Homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) present unique challenges because they do not share a typical profile and their experiences and motives are often distinct, which makes them difficult to identify and their plots difficult to disrupt. Al Qaeda and its affiliates continue to encourage extremists in the West to follow this model by engaging in individual violent attacks and have already incorporated the Boston bombings in their propaganda.”
Obviously, we shouldn’t just worry about “homegrown” extremists. The Boston bombers were refugees.
No attention is given to the cost of the crime we are importing because the government at the highest levels has consistently refused to enforce federal laws politicians take an oath to uphold. The burden falls on the men and women in the field. The costs, both personal and financial, also fall on taxpayers.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 23, 2013)