Bush Administration: What War on Terror? Bring In More Immigrants!


You read it first (and as far as I can see
exclusively) on VDARE.COM:

Somalis
are using United Nations refugee camps in

Zambia
as `stepping stones` to "other
destinations"
, i.e. the U.S. according to the
Secretary of the Zambian ministry of the Interior,

Peter Mumba.

Speaking to the UN news service, the Integrated
Regional Information Network (IRIN), Mr. Mumba explained
that the Somalis first settle in

Meheba
, Zambia`s largest refugee camp and then,
either bribing their way out or with assistance from
Somalis outside the camp, slip into neighboring Zimbabwe
and Namibia. From there they filter into South Africa,
boarding ships bound…
for
Mexico.
According to the Secretary, "once in
Mexico, they can easily

walk into the USA
as their final destination."
[
ZAMBIA:
Concern over Somalis leaving refugee camp
,
June
5, 2006]

The Zambian government has written the

South African,


Namibian
and

Zimbabwean
governments to be on the look out for
Somali refugees. But apparently, the Zambians know it
would be futile to warn the U.S. government about the
illegal traffic from Somalia— although the country is a

known base
for

Al-Qaeda
and related Wahhabi

militant groups
.

Has the "War on Terror" been trumped by the
Bush Administration`s mad drive to make America safe for
immigration?

That wouldn`t be surprising. The "War on Terror"
takes a back seat to immigration enthusiasm in many
ways.

Another example: This summer the U.S. began the
resettlement of about

9,300 Burmese Karens
from a

refugee camp in Thailand
to the U.S.

As usual, once a decision has been made to resettle a
group to the U.S., all obstacles along the path were
cleared away.  The usual questions about capacity to
absorb an influx are thrown out the window by the
refugees` instant access to all welfare. The extensive
network of federal "refugee contractors"—which
the public thinks of as private charities but which have
actually been captured by the federal government— are
paid to

hand out money
from dozens of government programs.

The U.S. public health service has committed to
curing cases of TB in camps before infected individuals
are resettled—a commitment it has made and

failed to fulfill
in the past. The immigration bar
for

individuals with HIV
has been waived for refugees
under a

Clinton Executive Order
—which the Bush
administration, typically has let stand. 

But now it turns out that even the recently
re-authorized Patriot Act can be ignored when it
interferes with the refugee resettlement process.

The Patriot Act broadly defines terms such as
"terrorist activity"
and "terrorist organization".
It includes "material support" for a
"terrorist organization"
as grounds for prosecution
under the act. And, according to Assistant Attorney
General Rachel Brand, [PDF]
the Justice Department uses the "material support"
clause to deport aliens or bar entry when other means
cannot be found.

The loosely-defined terms provided by the Patriot Act
have proven to be useful tools for the Justice
Department in its

prosecution and removal
of

foreign Jihadists
in the U.S.

But many of the Karen tribesmen have

provided "material support"
to an
organization—the

Karen National Army
—which is on the State
Department`s list of terrorist organizations.

The Department of Homeland Security initially found
"thousands" in the group were

inadmissible to the U.S. under the Patriot Act.

Got immigrant terrorists? No problem! Just before
resettlement was to begin in June,

Secretary of State Rice
simply waived the Patriot
Act terrorist provisions for the entire group. She

ordered them to be admitted
pretty much "as is"—ignoring
the concerns of officials in the Justice Department.[
Immigration
Waiver Granted to Refugees
| Some Burmese
Lose Pro-Terrorism Label,
By

Bradley Graham
, Washington Post, May 5, 2006]

No doubt Patriot Act definitions of a "terrorist
organization"
and "material support" are
overly broad. And it may be true that, as supporters of
the waiver claim, "material support" was provided
unwittingly or under coercion—in some cases, but far
from all.

If the Patriot Act is a bad law, then it is a bad law
in all cases, not just in some cases.

Rice`s blanket waiver makes no distinction among
members in the group. Like the group designation of
refugee status, it significantly widens the avenue for
refugee admission, which was originally meant for those
who qualify on the basis of a case-by-case evaluation,
not owing to

membership in a group.

At the very least, the waiver will complicate, if not
end, the use of a legal tool designed for the pursuit of
"terrorists."

At worst, it suggests the government is moving to
apply a law to U.S. citizens while ignoring it for some
immigrants.

It now seems that many if not most future refugee
groups will get an automatic blanket waiver of Patriot
Act provisions—especially those from the

Middle East
and

Muslim regions of Africa.

Yes, Virginia (Dare)—The

"war on terror"
has indeed been put on hold to
meet the demands of the Bush administration and refugee
contractors for a larger influx of refugees.


Thomas
Allen (
email
him) is a recovering refugee worker.