At some point, Congress needs to wake up to the fact that carrying a firearm is a constitutional right, while immigration is not. Whenever there is a major domestic shooting, the Left immediately screams “Gun control.” Never mind it doesn’t work. But when Sharia-believing Muslims from the Middle East commit terrorist acts on our soil – as happened two days ago in New York – the same Left has no desire to even discuss our suicidal immigration policies that facilitate such terrorist acts.
How many more will have to die before we have a national conversation about immigration?
The suspect in Tuesday’s vehicular (no guns were used) jihad attack in Manhattan is reportedly a man named Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an Uzbek national who was apparently issued a green card by Obama’s DHS in 2010.
How did this happen, and what’s the problem?
WABC-NY reports: “Authorities say he came to the United States seven years ago from Uzbekistan under what is called the Diversity Visa Program, which offers a lottery for people from countries with few immigrants in America.”
The terrorist didn’t fly into one of our airports under a false ID, nor did he sail over on an ISIS-sponsored ship. No, we welcomed him through our front door, just like we did the 9/11 hijackers. Meanwhile, Congress has had no serious discussion on the core problem since 9/11.
Immigration by lottery? Seriously? Yes, and we have yet to hear from the man who sponsored this law – the senator from the state where the attack occurred – Chuck Schumer.
Data shows that from 2001-2015, in the 15 years immediately following 9/11, 1.83 million green cards were granted to immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries. In fact, we have welcomed more immigrants from Muslim regions than from any other part of the world. And the same politicians who push for such immigration are the first to limit Second Amendment rights.
I offer two groundbreaking ideas.
1. Go to merit-based immigration. The thing is, immigration was not initiated over 200 years ago for the purpose of helping those in inferior lands; immigration’s purpose was to make America better. It’s called putting America first. This is, after all, the country our politicians were elected to represent.
2. Immigration is a privilege, not a right. Common liberal ideology acts as though foreigners have a right to free passage to America until proven otherwise. Newsflash – nowhere in our Constitution is immigration a guarantee or right.
Still, every year, we admit 155,000 students per year. This includes 59,000 legal immigrants from Uzbekistan since 2001. Does anyone want to guess how many of these subscribe to Sharia supremacism, which cultivates the climate under which these individuals migrate to America? We can only imagine.
But when President Trump proposes even a modest moratorium on just a few countries which promote and train terrorists, he is shut down. Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress are more interested in restricting the rights of native-born Americans than restricting the flow of terrorists who have no legal claim on our homeland.
We live in a day when any attempt to restrict the flow of immigrants – avowed to kill Americans – is considered insensitive. It’s time for Congress to stop the nonsense. And frankly, it’s time to stop making counterterrorism exclusively about endless Islamic civil wars overseas.
It’s high time for Congress – Republicans and Democrats alike – to clamp down on immigration. Call it “extreme vetting.” Call it “paranoia.” Call it “insensitive.” I call it “saving American lives.”
It’s time for all of Congress to care about all Americans – enough to do whatever is necessary to keep terrorists at bay. Gun ownership is a right; immigration is not. Is this the right time to pass restrictive immigration policy? No, the right time would have been sometime before Tuesday, when our insane, suicidal immigration policies cost the lives of eight innocent lives.
To rebrand an old phrase: Guns don’t kill people; Islamic terrorist immigrants do. Let the conversation begin. Let the madness end. And may Congress actually step up and spend as much time condemning Islamic terrorists as they do the president’s tweets. Until one of these tweets runs over and kills eight lives on the streets of Manhattan, I humbly suggest, Congress has another job to do.