Jihadis Using Religious Visa to Enter US, Experts Warn

A U.S. visa program designed to temporarily admit religious workers from other countries may be letting jihadists into the country, security experts and religious leaders warn.

The R visa program is for non-immigrant clerics and religious workers and allows successful applicants to stay in the U.S. for up to five years. They are then allowed to apply for a permanent residency under their R-1 status.

But some critics say the visa raises red flags and has long been abused by leaders with extreme views.

“People have come in and tried to come in with this visa to preach their hardline and dangerous views, and then encourage [the] vulnerable to travel back with them where they are further brainwashed and can potentially be used to harm the USA,” Adnan Khan, former president of the Council of Pakistan American Affairs, told Fox News. “The solution isn’t banning innocent Muslims and migration, but looking at visas like this one which have raised red flags and caused trouble in the past.”

Khan also said several letters have been written to federal agencies over the past four years concerning the R program, but they have failed to get a response. (Read more from “Jihadis Using Religious Visa to Enter US, Experts Warn” HERE)

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The Visa Waiver Program Bluff

Democrats love to employ an adroit Alinsky-style tactic to deflect attention away from their unpopular stance on a prominent issue: play bait-and-switch by ignoring the issue at hand and parlaying focus to a new proposition they previously opposed.

Over the past week, in order to distract from the dangerous and costly Islamic refugee issue, liberals have sought to shift focus to the vulnerability of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Unfortunately, they have never felt concerned about this issue before and are unlikely to seriously pursue meaningful reforms to the program outside of distracting from the broader Islamic immigration issue. But since they’re putting the offer on the table, Republicans who have argued for years that the waiver program needs to be addressed, will gladly forgive their past neglect of the issue and give them the chance to carry out meaningful reform.

Under the Visa Waiver Program, foreign nationals from 38 countries, mainly from Europe, are allowed to enter the U.S. temporarily without obtaining a visa and undergoing the extra scrutiny. The premise for the VWP is that nationals of countries that do not pose a security risk or have a history of illegal immigration should be able to travel more freely to foster a better business and tourist climate. Ideally, we should have an easy travel policy between western nations because it’s mutually beneficial for our economies. However, the growth in Islamic terrorism over the past few decades has made this program extremely vulnerable.

Ahmed Ajaj and Ramzi Yousef, two Islamic terrorists involved in planning the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, came here from European countries under the VWP. Zacarias Moussaoui, who was involved in the 9/11 plot, came here with a French passport and Richard Reid, the notorious shoe-bomber, came to the U.S. with an English passport. There is now a well-founded concern that with the growing Islamic make-up of Europe, millions of potential security risks could travel freely from Europe to the U.S. Remember, as we are now seeing in the aftermath of the Paris attack, most of the Islamic terrorists living in Europe were not on any no-fly lists. The problem of VWP is exacerbated by the fact that we still don’t have an Exit-Entry system on the back-end to ensure that temporary visitors leave after 90 days, making the need for better screening on the front-end even more important.

It’s for this reason I’ve been promoting legislation to shut down the VWP and audit the system for a number of years. Democrats have been nowhere to be seen on this issue. Now that they are in hot water over the broader Islamic immigration issue, they want to shift the focus to temporary visas. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and liberal commentators, are now expressing concern over the program. Liberal Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have introduced an extremely narrow bill to merely bar individuals who travelled to Syria and Iraq over the past 5 years from entering the U.S. without obtaining a visa from the State Department.

The Democrats’ faux focus on the VWP is transparently deceptive for a number of reasons:

These same politicians evidently trust the vetting of permeant immigrants from failed states like Syria and Somalia, yet they now have problems with the information sharing between first-world countries under the VWP with regards to temporary visitors?!

These same Democrats are completely silent as we admit 60,000 Saudi nationals every year on student visas.

These same Democrats oppose Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) plan to subject visas from Islamic countries to a higher degree of scrutiny.

These same Democrats opposed Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) bill to strip citizenship, through due process, of those caught fighting for ISIS. Last week, Sens. Durbin (D-IL) and Leahy (D-VT) objected to Sen. Cruz’s request for unanimous consent to pass his bill.

Finally, liberals are trying to obfuscate the more foundational threat: a growing population of homegrown Islamists. The entire city of Brussels has been on lockdown, not just because of a handful of fugitive terrorists but because of the massive homegrown problem that is plaguing the city. Over 20 individuals were arrested in Belgium, of which most were likely homegrown, not infiltrators from Syria.

This growing trend in Europe has already come to America. We have had dozens of attempted terror plots and a number of small scale homegrown Islamic attacks since 9/11 – long before ISIS became the cool kid on the block. The growing trend of second generation Muslims in western countries becoming more radicalized, thanks in large part, to the proliferation of cyber jihad, has created an existential threat to this nation. That is the threat the political class seeks to ignore. It is a lot easier for them to discuss temporary visas from Europe as a shiny object.

Conservatives would be wise to call their bluff and pass a moratorium on the VWP to prove their dishonesty, and immediately return to focusing on the broader threat unbridled Islamic immigration poses to western civilization. (For more from the author of “The Visa Waiver Program Bluff” please click HERE)

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The Other Gaping Security Hole: Student Visas From the Middle East

On Saturday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) reminded the media about a very important immigration security measure he introduced—one that was opposed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), one of his opponents for the presidential nomination. On June 19, 2013, Paul introduced an amendment [S.Amdt. 1200 to S. 744 (Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act)] to the Gang of Eight bill requiring DHS to establish a screening system for those who come from 27 predominantly Islamic countries on student visas. Rubio joined with the Democrats to scuttle it.

Rand Paul is absolutely correct to raise the red flag on student visas from the Middle East and take Rubio to task for obstructing the amendment.

In addition to the broader threat of Islamic immigration and refugees, one of the overlooked trends since 9/11 is the massive expansion of foreign students from the Middle East. As we’ve noted before, the creation of the Saudi King Abdullah Scholarship program a decade ago has resulted in a ten-fold increase in visas from Saudi Arabia. At 60,000 per year, the program is still growing and can expand infinitely because there are no caps on F-1 visas.

The Institute of International Education recently published its data on student visas for the academic year of 2014/2015. Here are some highlights:

974,926 foreign students were admitted for this past academic year, almost double the overall level before 9/11.

After China, India, and South Korea, the leading country of origin is Saudi Arabia with 59,945 student visas. In addition, we took in 10,724 from Turkey, 11, 338 from Iran, and 9,034 from Kuwait.

Using the 44 predominantly Muslim countries we identified in our piece on green cards from Muslim countries, I counted 156,781 student visas from those same predominantly Muslim countries. This means that Muslims likely account for 16% of the foreign students, and that doesn’t include India. Roughly 10% of the Indian population is Muslim and we bring in a whopping 138,000 students from there.

Is there any wonder why U.S. college campuses are replicas of some European countries in terms of the anti-Jewish activity and pro-Palestinian activism?

In many respects, the growing silent threat of foreign students from the Middle East is an even greater threat than the legal permanent residents (LPRs). These are predominantly young male students who are coming straight from the Middle East and, unlike LPRs, have no plans to establish a family or even attempt to share in the future of this country (to the extent most legal permanent residents ever viably achieve assimilation). We are literally recruiting from the subsection of the world that is most prone to subscribing to strict Sharia and Islamic supremacism, from those that have the zeal and energy to act on callings from ISIS and other terror groups.

As is the case with any other sphere of immigration, there are likely plenty of students who come here to learn and be productive. But there are clearly many others who bring with them the subversive and often anti-Semitic culture they have been exposed to back home. Moreover, their constant migration back and forth to their countries of origin throughout their time in U.S. universities makes them prime recruiting targets of professional Jihadist organizations.

This is why Paul’s amendment was so important. His plan would have reinstated the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS), which was implemented after 9/11 to properly vet and track those who come here from risky countries on a student visa. Obama unilaterally cancelled that program in 2010. To the extent we continue to commit cultural suicide and radicalize our college campuses with so many Middle Eastern students, it is certifiable not to properly monitor them.

It is simply unacceptable for a presidential candidate to have opposed such an effort. Rubio has some explaining to do. And so do all politicians who blithely ignore our suicidal immigration policies. (For more from the author of “The Other Gaping Security Hole: Student Visas From the Middle East” please click HERE)

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Corporate Greed Behind Push for H-1B Visas as Multinational Corps Fire Americans, Hire Immigrants

Massive layoffs are being spearheaded by the multi-billion dollar Southern California Edison utilities company, which is terminating scores of American IT workers and replacing them with immigrant IT workers, from a slew of foreign counties, who are willing to work for far less compensation. These immigrants are in the U.S. on an H-1B visa program.

“We don’t need foreign workers. We have plenty of Americans who are fully capable and equipped to carry out these jobs. It’s an absolute issue of corporate greed; nothing more nothing less,” former Edison employee and Marine Pat Lavin told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview late last week.

Lavin is a stalwart Democrat who serves as a business manager and financial secretary for the the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #47. “Edison are master liars,” Lavin cautioned, quipping that he “caught them telling the truth last week and they tried to lie their way out of it.”

Lavin spoke with Breitbart News as one of the California Edison workers laid off in the scandal that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have hammered the company for. Grassley called the layoffs “heartless” and Issa argued that this appears to be an abuse of the program.

America is facing a surplus of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workers who are unemployed or have been laid off from work due to companies, like SoCal Edison, that have been outsourcing American jobs to immigrants. According to an article from Robert Charette in IEEE Spectrum, the so-called “STEM Crisis”—where tech leaders like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who claim they need to import cheap foreign labor—is a “myth.” (Read more from “Union Official Says ‘Corporate Greed’ Behind Push for H-1B Visas” HERE)

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