U.S. Immigration Laws under the Threat of Terrorism

U.S. Immigration Laws under the Threat of Terrorism

U.S. Immigration Laws under the Threat of Terrorism

U.S. Immigration Laws under the Threat of Terrorism

Synopsis

When the United States tightened its immigration policies in response to concerns over terrorism, Microsoft's Bill Gates and General Electric's Jeffrey Immelt warned that some of these restrictions were harmful to US economic interests. Further, academic"

Excerpt

Much attention has been paid to foreign nationals residing in the United States since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, yet in writing a book on the intersection of immigration law and terrorism in the U.S. it is necessary to look back several years, to a time when terrorism on American soil became a reality. With few exceptions, most notably Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States has largely been exempt from the horrors of terrorism in which other countries experience with more frequency. This fortune changed for the U.S. beginning in 1993 with the World Trade Center bombing. Why the fate of the United States changed is a discussion to be explored at another time. This book instead will examine the United States’ response to terrorism through its immigration laws. Foreign nationals committed many of the attacks that occurred against the United States since 1993 and an obvious response to these attacks would be changes in the immigration laws of the country in an effort to counter terrorists from entering the U.S. The challenge that the U.S. faces currently is how to balance the need to keep the country safe from international terrorists and how to welcome those who have legitimate reasons for coming to the country.

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