Roosevelt's immigration suspensions and alien internments followed similar measures taken by President Woodrow Wilson (Democrat) during WWI. Wilson ordered all German-born residents over the age of 14 to register with the government and carry their registration paperwork at all times. 6,300 were arrested and over 2,000 were incarcerated for the duration of the war.
During both conflicts American leaders understood that allowing foreign-born people to immigrate to the country during a period of war presented a grave risk to the homeland. They were justly worried about the potential divided loyalties foreign-born held. They took measures to best safeguard against domestic terrorism/sabotage and espionage. Even though they may have gone too far at times, it's hard to argue doing nothing would have been a better alternative.
Fast forward 70 years to the aftermath of the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks and one can't help but wonder if we should not be looking back at what our forefather's did to guide us going forward. The country has been entangled in a global conflict against radical Islam for more than a decade. Yet, instead of halting immigration from countries that are known hotbeds of terrorist activity, our leaders want to double down on the reckless mass immigration policies of the Sixties.
No one is saying the government should begin interning Islamic Americans, but at the least they should be doing everything in their power to secure the country's southern border and ports. It would also be wise to suspend immigration and naturalization from all nations that are breading grounds for Islamic radicals.
The two suspects in the Boston attacks, Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, both legally immigrated into the United States after the attacks on September 11, 2001. They came from Chechnya and were both Islamic radicals. They had even been the target of FBI investigations for having connections with known terrorists. Yet, they were not only allowed to immigrate, but were never seriously considered for deportation. As a result, 4 Americans were killed, and nearly 100 others were maimed and wounded.
Their story isn't isolated, 15 of the 19 hijackers that carried out the 9-11 attacks that killed more than 3,000 Americans and led to two wars where another 5,000 American soldiers were killed and almost 50,000 wounded were illegal immigrants. All were from countries with known terrorist activities. Had the Clinton and Bush administration been actively enforcing American immigration law, those lives could have been spared.
Richard Reid, aka the Shoe Bomber, border a flight from Paris to Miami with the intent of blowing it up. Reid was a British citizen who converted to Islam as a boy. Previously he spent several years in Pakistan and Afghanistan where he linked up with Al Qaeda. Only dumb luck prevented hundreds from being killed.
In 2009, on Christmas Day, the "underwear bomber", Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was allowed to legally board a plane Flight 253 from Amsterdam to the United States. He boarded with a Nigerian passport and U.S. Visa. Again, we find that although Abdulmutallab was under active terrorist watch, American immigration policy allowed him to legally gain permission into the country. Only dumb luck prevented a tragedy that would have killed 279 passengers, 8 flight attendants, and 3 pilots.
Also in 2009, Nadal Hasan, son of Palestinian immigrants, opened fire while screaming, "Allahu Akbar," at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. 13 people were killed and 30 were injured. Hasan had been previously reprimanded for comments he's made promoting radical Islam.
What all five of these terrorist attacks have in common is that they were all 100% preventable had America has commonsense immigration policies. But, instead of learning from these mistakes, establishment politicians want to double down on these policies.
They propose increasing immigration from third world nations from 1 million per year to 1.5 million. They claim the increase is to attract the world's best and brightest to America, but they only increased the H1-B visa program, the one designed specifically for the best and brightest, by 55,000, leaving the remain 450,000 to go to cheap, low-skilled laborers.
They also want to provide immediate legalization, i.e. amnesty, to the 11 to 20 million illegal immigrants living here, and their children and parents living abroad.
Finally, they want to redefine the mission of Immigration and Customs Enforcement away from enforcing immigration law and instead concentrating on drug smuggling and terrorism.
They call these policies "comprehensive immigration reform". I call it suicidal.
As we reflect on the events of the past few days, Americans should try and recall the first lesson President Obama taught us as a nation, that is to, "never let a good crisis go to waste." So that is what I am asking you to do.
It is time concerned patriots call, write, email, and march on Washington and demand REAL comprehensive immigration reform that secures our nation and protects our way of life and culture.
Real Comprehensive Immigration Reform is simple.
- Restrict new immigration to replacement levels until those who are already here have assimilated.
- Suspend immigration from countries with known terrorist activities and from any person having spend any significant time in these countries.
- Allow high-skilled immigrants in fields such as math, science, and medicine to be moved to the front of the line.
- End chain migration, allowing only for the minor children of immigrants.
- End birthright citizenship.
- End all welfare benefits for immigrants and their minor children.
- Institute an immigration tax on foreign-born citizens to subsidize the cost of enforcing immigration laws and subsidizing medical care for illegal immigrants.
- Suspension of low-skilled (i.e. those with no secondary or college education) immigration during periods when the federal unemployment level for low-skilled workers is above 4.5%.
- Most importantly, mandatory enforcement of existing immigration laws with regards to employers who hire illegal immigrants.
- Mandatory use of E-verify for all employers.
It's time to get to work.