Re-examine our immigration laws

After the recent Boston Marathon bombing, it can only be described as insane to continue our current immigration and national security policy or should I say lack thereof.


In short, Tamerlon Tsaraev, a foreign national of Islamic faith comes to this country on the basis of political asylum, is flagged by an intelligence agency for terrorist association, is not investigated to any degree with regard to his jihadist extremism, is granted a residency visa despite this and posts extremist views on his Facebook page. This is not indicative of a rational national security and/or immigration policy. It is absurd.


While millions of illegal immigrants wait for policy change and the ensuing visas, simply to live and work here peacefully, we allow the likes of Tsaraev to kill and maim hundreds. Why? Are we so irrationally afraid of so-called profiling? All of law enforcement involves profiling. When police investigate rape, they do not search for elderly female perpetrators. We must acknowledge that, for the moment at least, terrorists are frequently Islamic extremists.


Consequently, if a person of the Muslim faith chooses to migrate to this nation with all of its freedoms and advantages, they can reasonably be expected to meet a minimal standard with respect to non-violence.


Equally, it would be essential to inquire as to their beliefs and associations in this regard. To do otherwise is simply insane.


If in 1946, a German national wanted to migrate to this nation, would it not be reasonable to ask if they were a Nazi, a supporter of Nazism, or an associate of Nazis or a war criminal? Today, would it not be reasonable to ask those immigrating to this country, applying for a visa to meet minimal criteria? Could they not be asked to sign a waiver allowing the FBI or INS to observe their phone records, international travel and social media pending permanent status or citizenship? If they feel this request is excessive, they are certainly at liberty to seek residence elsewhere.


A simple software program flagging only communications dealing with terrorism or national security issues could be used to avoid further privacy concerns. These simple and reasonable policies may very well have prevented the Boston bombing. These are issues that are critical to reforms of immigration law.


Edward Simpson


Aiken