On July 23, 2013, the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security conducted a hearing on the subject:
Americans have rightfully acquired a worldwide reputation of being the most compassionate people on Earth, and our compassion becomes even greater when children are the focus of our concerns. This is a wonderful attribute for which all Americans should be proud.
Advocates for open borders and massive amnesty programs for illegal aliens have used a variety of tactics to push their agendas, including the use of Orwellian “Newspeak,” in which the very term “Alien” has been all but stricken from the vernacular where immigration is concerned, even though the Immigration and Nationality Act defines an alien as simply being, “Any person, not a citizen or national of the United States.” There is no insult in that definition – only clarity. Clarity is something that open borders advocates and amnesty pushers avoid at all costs.
In point of fact, America's immigration laws make no distinction about the race, religion or ethnicity of aliens who seek to enter the U.S. The laws are, however, focused on preventing the entry of aliens who would pose a threat to the safety and well being of America and Americans.
Title 8, United States Code, Section 1182 codifies the various categories of aliens who are to be excluded from the U.S..
It is important to note too that the most likely victims of crimes perpetrated by transnational criminals are the members of the immigrant communities where these criminals live and ply their “trades.”
While the term “Alien” has all but been declared “hate speech” by immigration anarchists, it is nothing short of astounding that, in order to conjure up the image of the “American Dream,” the term “Alien” appears in the DREAM Act, an acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors!
Upon scrutiny, it’s apparent that the DREAM Act represents a cynical way to find, through the kindness of Americans, weakness that can be exploited. While it is touted as being about the “children,” the age cutoff is 31. Who would consider a 30 year old a child?
Because of the huge number of illegal aliens now present in the country, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) lacks the resources to conduct in-person interviews of those who would apply, let alone conduct field investigations. Consequently, aliens would be able to game the process. They could falsely claim to have entered the U.S. when they were children and lie about their identities, including even their countries of citizenship, and then receive official identity documents in whatever name they claim is theirs.
The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel detailed numerous examples of instances where terrorists not only committed visa and immigration fraud to enter the U.S. but also to embed themselves in the country. Page 47 of this report noted:
Once terrorists had entered the United States, their next challenge was to find a way to remain here. Their primary method was immigration fraud. For example, Yousef and Ajaj concocted bogus political asylum stories when they arrived in the United States. Mahmoud Abouhalima, involved in both the World Trade Center and landmarks plots, received temporary residence under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) program, after falsely claiming that he picked beans in Florida.
What is also being ignored is that most terrorists are under the age of 30. Ironically, this coincides with the age range of the “DREAMERS!” This is not to say that all DREAMERS are likely to be terrorists, but think what just 19 terrorists did on September 11, 2001.
A final thought. While politicians are quick to bemoan the life-threatening risks imposed on children by those who smuggle them into the U.S., not one politician has called for taking the commonsense approach: prosecuting those who would smuggle a child into the U.S and endanger that child's life and well-being.