GAO Notes Open Doors for Terrorist Diversity
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Any responsible government would have ended the immigration of possible terrorists immediately after 9/11. Yet the idiotic diversity visa program has cruised along on automatic pilot and has brought in thousands of persons who must be considered undesirable from a national security viewpoint.

Nearly 10,000 people from countries designated as sponsors of terrorism have entered the United States under an immigration diversity program with relatively few restrictions, a report released on Friday said.

The report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office said the State Department's inspector general warned in 2003 that the Diversity Visa Program posed a significant risk to national security and recommended it be closed to people from countries on the U.S. list of state terrorism sponsors.

But four years later, the program remains open to people from those nations and little is known about what becomes of them once they enter the United States, the GAO said.

From 2000 to 2006, the program allowed 3,703 people from Sudan, 3,164 from Iran, 2,763 from Cuba and 162 from Syria to enter the United States and apply for permanent legal resident status, the report said. That totals 9,792 new immigrants. [U.S. admits nearly 10,000 from "terrorism" states Washington Post 9/21/07]

The subject of diversity visas from terror-supporting nations should already be familiar to readers. I made similar points about national security in a 2006 blog item Diversity Is Alive and Well at the State Department and in a 2004 article, Time to Dump the Diversity Visa.

(See also the original GAO report (PDF) Border Security: Fraud Risks Complicate State's Abaility to Manage Diversity Visa Program.)

We are a nation at war with islamofascists. Yet the President refuses to name the enemy and celebrates Ramadan in the White House. Franklin Roosevelt did not "reach out" during WWII to foreigners from Axis countries residing in this country; instead he ordered the internment of over 31,000 suspected enemy aliens from Germany, Italy and Japan.

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