Magazine article Insight on the News

Alien-Registration System Sabotaged by Ted Kennedy. (Fair Comment)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Alien-Registration System Sabotaged by Ted Kennedy. (Fair Comment)

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Since its inception last year, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) has stopped 330 known foreign criminals and three known terrorists who attempted to come into the country at certain official ports of entry. In addition, the targeted registration of certain foreign nationals already in the United States has resulted in the apprehension of 15 illegal-alien felons.

Naturally, Sen. Teddy Kennedy (D-Afghanistan), wants to stop the Bush administration from using NSEERS to catch any more criminal aliens or illegal aliens who pose law-enforcement threats to America.

Among the scumbags caught by the NSEERS program that Kennedy wants to eliminate:

* a Tunisian convicted of multiple drug-trafficking offenses, in addition to previous violations of immigration law;

* a national of the Dominican Republic convicted of aggravated assault and burglary on a prior visit to the United States and who had been deported after that visit;

* a Canadian with multiple narcotics convictions;

* an Iranian who had been convicted three times of assault with a deadly weapon and had been convicted twice of grand theft in addition to immigration violations;

* an Iranian twice convicted of child molestation;

* an Iranian who had been convicted of theft and narcotics possession;

* and two suspected al-Qaeda operatives who were caught trying to enter the United States after their fingerprints matched ones lifted by our military officials from al-Qaeda papers found in Afghanistan caves.

Recently, as the Washington Post first reported, Kennedy slipped a sneaky provision into the Senate's omnibus appropriations bill that would completely have cut off funding for the national-security registration system.

Kennedy's legislative sabotage also would have forced Attorney General John Ashcroft to turn over to the Senate Appropriations Committee sensitive information, such as all documents "used in the creation of the NSEERS program, including any predecessor programs; assessing the effectiveness of the NSEERS program as a tool to enhance national security; used to determine the scope of the NSEERS program, including countries selected for the program, and the gender, age and immigration status of the persons required to register under the program; regarding future plans to expand the NSEERS program to additional countries, age groups, women and persons holding other immigration statuses not already covered; concerning policy directives or guidance issued to officials about implementation of NSEERS, including the role of the FBI in conducting national-security background checks of registrants . …

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