ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WITH EXPIRED VISAS REMEAIN TOUGH TO TRACK
More than 10 years after 9/11, illegal immigrants with long-expired visas remain tough to track. The criminal case against Amine El Khalifi, 29, only highlights how the U.S. government routinely fails to track millions of foreign visitors blatantly ignoring immigration law without consequence. Despite multiple run-ins with police in Northern Virginia where El Khalifi lived, he never came to the attention of federal law enforcement agencies until he became the target of an FBI probe following a landlord’s reporting of suspicious activity.
El Khalifi, a Moroccan native who had been living illegally in the U.S. for 12 years after his tourist visa expired, was arrested wearing what he thought was an explosive-laden suicide vest to be detonated at the U.S. Capitol… Fortunately, American lives were spared because FBI undercover agents had been posing as Al Qaeda operatives to see just how far El Khalifi was willing to go with his threats against the United States.
Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) said El Khalifi “follows a long line of terrorists, including several of the 9/11 hijackers, who overstayed their visa and went on to conduct terror attacks.” Miller went on to say that roughly 40 percent of all the illegal immigrants in our country have expired visas and came in “right through the front door.”
FEDERAL APPEALS COURT ‘IGNORES RULE OF LAW,’ DEGERS TO WHITE HOUSE
In a 2-1 ruling Monday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set a March 19th deadline for the Obama administration to explain whether or not it intends to use “prosecutorial discretion” to prevent the deportation of five suspected illegal immigrants. The appeals court also asked Obama how their decision whether or not to use “prosecutorial discretion” in this case would affect “any action to be taken by this court.”
In a letter to Obama administration officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder, on Thursday, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Utah) wrote: “In responding to the Ninth Circuit’s question, the administration will be required to reveal whether it intends to manipulate our legal system and waste taxpayer dollars, as part of its efforts to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. Your response to the Ninth Circuit’s order must clearly and unequivocally indicate that the government will enforce the immigration laws, including promptly deporting all removable aliens who lose their cases in the federal courts of appeals.”