Editorial: Attack shows need for policy changes

We need borders, vetting and changes in immigration protocols

Do you suppose Allied troops in World War II considered a sniper in a church steeple to be a “lone wolf”? Do you think they let their guard down once the sniper was taken out or captured?

 

Of course not. Then why do the media and some in law enforcement have such a penchant for urgently declaring each new Muslim terrorist a lone wolf – as was the case after Monday’s terror bombing in New York? As if it’s a one-time, isolated incident.

No, radical Muslims don’t wear recognizable green uniforms and helmets, and they don’t sport dog tags like regular soldiers.

That doesn’t mean these often amateur-hour killers –such as the bozo who couldn’t handle a pipe bomb Monday – aren’t passionate members of an imperceptible army of sworn enemies to America and the rest of the West.

They are stealthy, if sometimes clumsy, warriors purposely indistinguishable from the civilian population, though many are conspicuous enough that their foamy hatred has been duly noted in intelligence circles.

As for those terrorist “watch” lists – note to our leaders: We don’t want terrorists watched. We want them eliminated, removed or banned from coming here in the first place.

Regarding the latter point: Monday’s suspect, identified as Akayed Ullah, 27, is an apparent immigrant from Bangladesh.

If all the dots have been properly connected, that should tell us two things.

First, there’s a good reason for President Trump’s moratorium on travel and immigration from terror-prone nations, and for his call for “extreme vetting” for all others as well.

Thank goodness the U.S. Supreme Court has, for now, beaten back the rulings by our haughty feudal lords in black robes, who have wrongly and dangerously substituted their own arrogant judgment for the constitutionally assigned powers of the chief executive.

Second, the terror attack underscores the drastic need for the United States to get ahold of its immigration policies.

Immigrants have been the near-sole arbiter in American immigration for decades. Instead of immigrants choosing America willy-nilly, it’s time for America to choose its immigrants – to have more of a say in who comes here and stays here. It makes sense not just from a national security perspective, but also from an economic one.

Enter the RAISE Act – Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy.

Introduced this summer by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., the bill, say the senators, would “spur economic growth and raise working Americans’ wages by giving priority to the best-skilled immigrants from around the world and reducing overall immigration by half.”

It would use various criteria to rate and reward “immigrants who are best positioned to succeed in the United States and expand the economy,” would limit automatic immigration to immediate, not extended, families and would eliminate the Russian-roulette “visa lottery.”

“For decades our immigration system has been completely divorced from the needs of our economy, and working Americans’ wages have suffered as a result. Our legislation will set things right,” Cotton said at the time.

Rather than just station loaded dump trucks around our public celebrations because someone in our midst wishes us harm, let’s do more to keep them out to begin with.

 

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