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

Chad Groening   ( Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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.

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