How terrorists entered and remained in the United States?

Wayne Washington (2004) then provide a report that President Bush will call for sweeping immigration changes today that would allow the roughly eight million undocumented workers in the United States to remain in the country if they have a job and apply for a guest worker card. The president's plan, which the White House does not call amnesty, would allow undocumented workers to stay in the country for a three-year period that could be renewed.

Administration officials have not determined how many times it could be renewed. Participants in the guest worker program would be allowed to travel freely between their home country and the United States. Dependents of the undocumented workers could come to the United States with their relatives if they can demonstrate a capacity to support them. Undocumented workers in the United States will be required to pay a so-far undetermined registration fee; applicants in other countries will not have to pay.

Guest workers would pay federal taxes, administration officials said. Some of that money would be returned to them once they go back to their home countries. In addition to the creation of this guest worker program, administration officials said, the president also wants to see a "reasonable increase" in the 140,000 green cards issued each year. USA had the most number of immigrants and aliens where, in fact, there are 500,000 to 600,000 foreign students in the US; 284,000 foreigners received student visas in FY00.

About 11 percent of the foreign students are from China, followed by 9 percent from Japan and 8 percent each from India and Korea. The number of foreign students has increased sharply: there were about 50,000 foreign students in 1970, 300,000 in 1980, and 400,000 in 1990. Bush administration viewed terrorism as an "important but not urgent" threat to national security, according to not only then-White House counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke but also Republican former Sen.

Warren Rudman of New Hampshire, co-chair of an anti-terrorism commission that had briefed key Bush aides in early 2001. 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, one largely within the purview of the NSC, the Defense Department, and the CIA. Homeland defense meant missile defense.

Two and a half years after 9/11, the Bush administration is deeply enmeshed in its "war on terrorism," but remains primarily focused on the part of that fight it is waging abroad. When talking of terrorism, President Bush emphasizes the importance of staying "on offense”, bolstering homeland security– domestic efforts to defend against another attack on American soil. (Gorman, 2004) With this regard, this research paper aims to know if terrorism can be controlled through stricter control of the immigration laws.

Does the conspiracy theory about Bush and if it had any connections about terrorist attacks and laxed immigration policies? Does the lack of border security that encourages illegal immigrants have to do with the guest-worker program and terrorism?


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