But, Of Course They’ll Be Able to Do Background Checks on 11 Million Illegal Aliens

What does Aaron Alexis, the alleged mass murdered at the Washington Navy Yard, have to do with immigration? Nothing, really.

What does the fact that a guy who was dismissed from the military with a general discharge, who had a history of mental illness and numerous arrests on his record, and was still able to maintain a secret level clearance from the military and walk onto a high security military facility with enough munitions to murder 13 people say about the government’s ability to identify dangerous people?

According to the Washington Post, “The military’s beleaguered background-check system failed to block Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis from an all-access pass to a half-dozen military installations, despite a history of arrests for shooting episodes and disorderly conduct.” It is important to note, that the military doesn’t hand out secret level security clearances to 11 million people – and they still managed to miss a truly dangerous and disturbed individual.

So, next time you hear people like Gang of Eight member Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) say something like, “I just simply believe, if anything, I’d rather know, among the 11 million or so that are undocumented in this country, who is here to pursue the American dream and who would do it harm. And the only way I’ll do that is to make them come forward, register with the government, and go through a criminal background check,” no doubt you will sleep easier at night.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    And the big problem with Menendez “beliefs” is that the violent and hard core gang members with long records are NOT going to come forward. And since this government does nothing to enforce immigration law once you are already in the country, it just means the hard core criminals just stay out of the way and they get left alone. Does he really think the Mexican drug cartel members that are crossing the border freely and using mountaintops inside this country to observe the border patrol are going to “come forward”? I guess “reform”, instead of a secure border, is going to stop them from crossing into and infiltrating this country? You’re a joke, Menendez.