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Background Checks Will Protect Criminal Aliens

From Fox News:

Critics say background check provision protects illegal immigrants with rap sheet

By William La Jeunesse | May 06, 2013

With more than 11 million illegal immigrants living in the so-called "shadows," immigration reform supporters say legalizing the group will make America safer. But opponents of the current Senate bill claim a provision requiring background checks for those illegal immigrants is so weak that it would actually protect criminals and gang members.

Their concern is with a clause that would, during the background check process, prohibit immigration officials from forwarding criminal histories to law enforcement for deportation purposes.

"The idea is we are supposed to be weeding out the bad apples," said Steven Camarota, of the Center for Immigration Studies. "But the big problem with the bill is it does not require those denied the amnesty to leave the country. In fact, a confidentiality provision in the bill prevents law enforcement from using information in the application to go find you."

That means felons and fugitives — particularly those with three or more misdemeanors, who are not supposed to be eligible for legal status — can remain in the shadows, in the U.S. Critics also say the check is no more than a rubber stamp, with no personal interview, reference check or state-issued identification required.

"I don’t mean to be flip," Center for Immigration Studies Executive Director Mark Krikorian told a Senate panel recently. "But this section could have been subheaded ‘no illegal alien left behind.’ The goal seems to be get amnesty for as many people possible."

This is the inevitable outcome. After all, how can there be any kind of meaningful background checks on 11 million people? Especially, when most of their paperwork is in another country.

So, the bottom line is that any background check is practically a useless waste of money. But it sure sounds good, doesn’t it?

Those who favor reform … admit the bill isn’t perfect and allows those with minor crimes in their records to stay — especially if deporting them would generate a hardship on their family. But they argue the confidentiality clause was necessary to draw as many applicants as possible.

"We’re a better nation when we have 11 million coming forward," said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee…

Mr. Durbin meant to say, "11 million Democrat voters."

Other controversial provisions allow some illegal immigrants already deported to come back, if they are a spouse, parent, or child of a U.S. citizen…

Wonderful. That must be there in case the system fails (the Democrats), and some criminal actually is accidentally deported.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Background Checks Will Protect Criminal Aliens”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    What happened to the Laws on the books … you know, like … deport his ass the moment you find out he’s in the country illegally?

    That good enough for clowns?

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