Thursday, October 04, 2007

Ever hear of the Immigration Diversity Program? Visas for potential terrorists!

The U.S. has admitted to allowing nearly 10,000 immigrants from countries designated as sponsors of terrorism through an Immigration Diversity Program that has few restrictions for admittance.

The program is part of the Immigration Act of 1990 and has 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 since the year 2000.

Here is the real kicker though folks. All of these people were allowed to become legal residents without having any family in the U.S. or an employer petitioning on their behalf.

The State Department warned in 2003 that the program posed a significant threat to national security and recommend it be closed to people from countries on the U.S. list of states that sponsor terrorism, but the program remains.

Top terrorism experts and federal law enforcement officials familiar with immigration fraud, to include the Department of Homeland Security, believe that it could be possible for terrorists to use fraudulent means and enter or remain in the United States.

A U.S. security officer in Turkey said it would be possible for Iranian intelligence officers to pose as applicants and not be detected if their identities were not already known to U.S. intelligence.
Why on Earth is this program still in existence? Perhaps it is time for a letter to your congressman telling them to put an end to this nonsense.

Not sure who your congressman is? Well, that is embarrassing, but maybe this will help. Find your representatives here.

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