Dear Conservative,

“Our background check system does not work and violent terrorists are slipping through the cracks, endangering our communities. Calls for stepping up the background check system have been lopsided as the establishment remains reluctant to budge even an inch.”

You might think this is referring to gun control? I am not talking about guns or firearms. We both know that there is no such thing as a so-called "Gun Show Loophole."

What I am talking about, however, is the dreaded "Refugee/Immigration Loophole."

You see, when people decide to immigrate to the United States, they must first pass a background check before they are allowed to enter the country. Since many third-world countries have sub-par criminal justice systems, in many cases these background checks are limited to simple name searches through any number of criminal directories.

Unfortunately, there are significant flaws in this system. In particular, immigration agents just don't perform the background checks at all. I know this sounds ridiculous.

Why wouldn't the government run background checks on immigrants and refugees seeking asylum?

When Mohanad Shareef Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan came to the country as refugees from war-torn Iraq, the Federal Government didn't even bother to perform a background check to verify their story. If they had, they would have learned that Hammadi and Alwan were members of Al-Qaeda and had been linked to numerous bombings in Iraq.

As a result, Hammadi and Alwan settled in Bowling Green, Kentucky and spent the next few years secretly smuggling weapons to Al-Qaeda fighters in Iraq and plotting to kill American soldiers and civilians in the United States. The two were eventually only caught by an undercover FBI operation that lured them into purchasing (deactivated) heavy weapons.

Congress must STOP ignoring the threats that illegal immigration poses!

We came that close to suffering another Fort Hood, or even a 9/11-type attack!

We welcomed these terrorists into America with open arms, all in the name of open immigration.

The recent ABC News report estimated that dozens of terrorists may have legally immigrated to the United States in the last few years, all because we didn't even bother to perform the background checks.

Forget about background checks for gun purchases. How about we stop allowing terrorists to enter the United States legally?

Every single 9/11 hijacker entered this country legally and obtained the proper visas. The recent examples of Hammadi and Alwan prove that the United States has not learned its lesson regarding how easy it is for terrorists to enter the country.

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Yes, we need to pay attention to everyone who immigrates to this country legally. But with our porous borders, the greatest threat is posed by illegal immigration!


We have an illegal immigration problem. The politically correct liberal pundits will scoff at this and refer to the group as "undocumented immigrants." Apparently calling a spade, a spade and pointing out their criminal history offends the delicate sensibilities of these individuals.

Obviously it is a huge problem that the first thing that illegal aliens did in this country was break the law. But the greatest threat is not their criminal history, but, as the Democrats say, the fact that they are completely undocumented.

We have absolutely no idea who is in this country, either legally or illegally. If that doesn't terrify you, nothing will!

Tell Congress to PROTECT the citizens and STOP the threats that illegal immigration poses!

So let's get this straight. Not only does this administration refuse to run background checks on immigrants and refugees, but Obama is actively trying to make life easier for undocumented aliens already in the country illegally.

But wait… it gets worse.

That is where ERIC HOLDER’s Justice Department's "Supervised Release" program comes in. Instead of actually bringing these illegal immigration cases to trial, the Obama administration has decided to save a little money and just release these criminals back into society.

These Unsupervised Release programs have had deadly consequences.

Tell Congress to STOP ignoring the threats that undocumented and illegal immigrants pose!

So let’s consider the strategy from Obama:

The administration doesn't even bother to verify who is immigrating to this country legally.

The Obama administration issues undocumented residents amnesty anyway.

And on top of that, when illegal alien criminals are caught, they are released back into American society, giving them ample opportunities to kill innocent Americans.

Enough is enough. We have a right to want to know who is in this country, either legally or illegally. How many more terrorists do you think the Obama administration allowed to gain refugee status in America?

How many of our enemies do you think have figured out how porous our borders are and just walked right in?

TELL CONGRESS: Cracking down on illegal immigration is not a matter of morals, but rather one of national security.

God knows who we would find if we actually documented the illegal immigrants in this country.

The threat is real. Terrorists are taking advantage of our immigration laws to gain a foothold in the United States. We must get Congress to wake up and recognize the threat that these undocumented immigrants pose!


Joe Otto

Conservative Daily