Gateway for terrorism

What’s strange still in the immigration system is the visa lottery where there is a system where people send in a postcard, which is now done electronically, and then names are drawn out of a hat, with 50,000 winners each year given permanent residence in the United States. This system draws in a lot of problems not only administratively; it also creates a great opportunity foe illegal immigrants and terrorists. One example of this visa lottery is Hesham Mohamed Hedayet’s case.

He murdered Victoria Hen and Yaakov Aminov at Los Angeles International Airport on July 4, 2002. Mr. Hedayet overstayed a tourist visa in 1992 and before his tourist visa expired, he applied for asylum and then continued to live in the United States for a number of years as an illegal alien after his visa expired. Even after his asylum application was turned down in 1996, Mr. Hedayet stayed and lived here as an illegal alien.

His wife continued to play the visa lottery with the hope that they would eventually be able to win a visa, which she eventually won, allowing her, her husband, and children to get a green card. The existence of the lottery gave the Hedayets a realistic hope of eventually getting a green card, if they just played it long enough. They really had no other choice, because they had no family member who could sponsor them or any specialized skills allowing them to qualify for employment-based immigration and, of course, Hedayet did not qualify for asylum.

If it had not been for the lottery, Hedayet and his family might have given up and gone home. The lottery gives hope to countless other illegal aliens that one day they too will win the lottery and be able to stay in this country. The lottery’s very existence tells hundreds of thousand of other people living here illegally, who have no realistic means of ever getting a green card, which they should not go home because one day they too may win the visa lottery, if they play it long enough. (Camarota, 2004)

On the other hand, President George Bush urges countrymen to remain calm and develop a harmonious, respectful and rational discussion about the issues of terrorism and immigration. Jane Morse (2006) had emphasized what the president had said during a press conference in Orange County, California that it is important to discuss immigration issues in a respectful way that recognizes USA as a nation of immigrants, that have had a grand tradition in this country of welcoming people into the society, and that it is a society that is able to take the new arrivals, and they become equally American.

With Al Qaeda terrorists using USA’s own infrastructure to create the biggest and cost efficient attack, should we still consider the immigration policies as a representation of USA being a welcoming nation and a nation that honors people's traditions or is it simply a gateway for terrorism? 9/11 was not the only terrorist plot to benefit from lax enforcement of ordinary immigration controls—every major Al-Qaeda attack or conspiracy in the United States has involved at least one terrorist who violated immigration law.

Immigration policy reforms can not prevent terrorism, but they are a key part of any effort to combat terrorism. Immigration policies aim to facilitate the entry of wanted foreigners, and to identify and deter the entry of terrorists and other unwanted foreigners. This paper outlines the immigration reforms that could help prevent the entry of future terrorists. It would be unfair and self-destructive to blame America's immigration policy for what happened on September 11. Immigrants come to live and work and build a better life for themselves and their families.

The terrorists did not come here as immigrants. They entered the country on temporary non-immigrant tourist and student visas. They didn't apply to the INS for green cards or any other kind of permanent status. Supporting illegal immigration allows terrorists and foreigners who do not respect the rules of America to travel freely between their home country and the United States. On the other hand, dependents of the undocumented workers could come to the United States with their relatives if they can demonstrate a capacity to support them.

A look back at the United States' anti-terrorism posture in the final hours before the devastating attacks of September 11 also reveals an administration that did not view terrorism as a domestic matter. Rather, Bush officials saw terrorism as a foreign issue. While Bush administration viewed terrorism as an "important but not urgent" threat to national security, are we still going to wait another 9/11 attack to have to take action with regards to illegal immigration? Are we still going to welcome foreigners and undocumented illegal immigrants with our arms wide open?

Are we going to pay respect to those who doesn't even know how to respect us? With these, I would strongly say, abolish illegal immigration and welcome to stricter immigration procedures and lets all put our own safety back into our hands.

Work Cited

Bacon, Nancy. March 2003. Redefining Citizenship for Our Multicultural World. New Horizons for Learning. Retrieved May 6, 2007 From http://www. newhorizons. org/strategies/multicultural/bacon. htm Camarota, Steven. (2002). The Open Door: How terrorists entered and remained in the United States, 1993-2001. Washington, dc: Center for Immigration Studies, 2002