Lawmakers stoking fear of immigrants
By Editorial Board, Monday, April 22, 4:44 PM
CYNICS IN CONGRESS, eager to derail landmark legislation to overhaul the nation’s broken immigration system, have seized on last week’s events in Boston as a pretext to slow momentumon the issue. In the process, they may unwittingly provide a push for the very bill they hope to derail.
With scant regard for the actual immigration status of the bombing suspects, who came to this country legally as minors, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) nonetheless framed the attacks in Boston in the context of the debate over immigration. ...
Just what flaws in the immigration system are the senators talking about? The failure to divine the future and predict that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was a teenager when his family immigrated, and his surviving brother, Dzhokhar, who was 9, might become radicalized years after arriving? ...
From what is publicly known, if any governmental failure allowed the suspects to slip through the cracks — and that’s far from certain at this point — it was an intelligence failure, not an immigration failure.
To preserve immigration, we must build the Panopticon Surveillance State. To continue to invite the world, we must invade the world.
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