Luck won't cut it when it comes to nat'l security

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Chad Groening (

An immigration enforcement organization is outraged that a Muslim arrested in a recent terror plot had been issued a student visa by the U.S. State Department.

Federal authorities last week arrested 21-year-old Quazi Nafis, a Bangladesh native, for attempting to detonate a bomb at the Federal Reserve building in New York City. The plot was thwarted by the FBI, and now at least one lawmaker wants to know why Nafis was given a student visa to enter the country in the first place -- and why no red flags were raised when the Muslim transferred from a Missouri school to one in New York after just one semester.

Mehlman, Ira (Federation for American Immigration Reform)"It has been sheer luck more than good planning on our part that we haven't had a successful terrorist operation on the scope of 9/11 over the past 11 years," contends Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

But he asserts the country cannot rely on luck.

"We're going to have to really look at all the systems and all the mechanisms that are in place to make sure that the people who we let into the country are doing what they're supposed to be doing here in this country, and that we are not letting in people who mean to do us serious harm," Mehlman contends.

He goes on to report that New York Sen. Charles Schumer (D), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, has called for an inspector general's investigation into why Nafis was granted a visa and whether Immigration and Customs Enforcement should have denied his attempt to transfer schools.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved.
Maginnis: Terrorism to 'infect' Jordan

Despite decades of relative stability, a Pentagon advisor and military strategist says Jordan is beginning to feel the effects the so-called "Arab Spring" has had on its neighbors.