Well, if you thought President Joe Biden could not possibly make matters worse concerning the border and immigration crisis our nation is facing, think again. He’s managed to find a way to do just that, and what he’s doing is raising some serious security concerns.
According to a report from Just the News, the State and Homeland Security departments made an announcement that they had changed the Immigration and Nationality Act, a federal law, to grant entry into the United States and “other immigration benefits” to those who had provided “limited” or “insignificant” material support to designated terrorist groups.
Here are a few more details from the report:
The amended language, detailed in a notice to the Federal Register, creates a carveout so immigration restrictions, including an entry ban into the country, no longer apply to these individuals provided they show they “pose no danger to the safety and security of the United States.”
Other factors considered by the government include whether the person in question supported “terrorist activities that they knew or reasonably should have known targeted noncombatant persons, U.S. citizens, or U.S. interests.”
The notice added that the carveout “may be revoked as a matter of discretion and without notice at any time, with respect to any and all persons subject to it.”
All of these changes are causing immigration and national security experts to get very worried. Some of them spoke with Just the News and stated that the current administration could possibly be putting American lives in danger.
“This is a very concerning decision to weaken the government’s ability to keep supporters of terror groups from exploiting our generous immigration system,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, went on to say concerning the changes. “This policy essentially makes excuses on behalf of foreign nationals who have been found to support terror groups, giving them deniability, and enables naive bureaucrats to look the other way at a record of concerning behavior on the part of applicants.
“As a result, it will be even easier for those who hate America and support terror groups to live here legally, free to fight us from within, and free to sponsor others to come in,” the report said.
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A spokesperson for the State Department also spoke with Just the News and told them that the move is designed to help Afghans so they aren’t unfairly flagged and can enjoy the benefits of immigrating to America.
I mean, are these people completely nuts? I just don’t understand how they can pretend like terrorists aren’t going to fully try to take advantage of this situation by sneaking over people to help establish sleeper cells. It’s crazy to do this.
“This action will allow the U.S. government to meet the protection needs of qualifying Afghans who do not pose a national security or public safety risk and provide them with the ability to access a durable immigration status in the United States,” the spokesperson stated.
“Eligible individuals include Afghans who supported and worked with the U.S. military in Afghanistan, worked as civil servants or as doctors, teachers, and engineers during a time when the Taliban was in power, or who paid fees to the Taliban as required by daily life to do things like pass through a checkpoint or utilize a government service to obtain a passport or other document,” the spokesperson, who went on to explain that individuals will be vetted on a case-by-case basis, said.
Retired FBI Special Agent Jeff Danik stated that he’s worried about terrorists slipping through the cracks due to these changes, going on to make the argument that the shift in policy has some merit, but noted he thinks the Biden administration will likely do a poor job of executing it.
“Terror organizations routinely coerce local populations where they operate into engaging in a range of minor, often non-violent, support activities,” he stated. “A primary driver of this amendment is to provide a discretionary tool that can be used to provide immigration benefits for individuals from those local populations, if they have significantly assisted the U.S. in some way.”
“In that context,” Danik added, “it’s a valuable, powerful, and necessary tool, but unfortunately, due to numerous well-documented abuses and bumbling mismanagement of similar tools by this administration, Americans are well served to be skeptical and vigilant regarding how it will be wielded in the real world by Secretaries Blinken and Mayorkas.”
It truly seems the Biden administration is desperate to just obliterate this country by any means necessary.