As we have on several occasions looked at the Syrian Refugee crisis, most of us should understand the concern. For most Americans, it has little to do with the nationality, religion, or color of the refugees. Most of us are concerned that these people could be embedded agents of ISIS. Then, all that they would need to do is live here among us until a soft target presented itself. But, what do we think when we are faced with the way that Malik the San Bernardino shooter entered our country?
Latino Fox reports
The female in a terrorist duo that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. on Dec. 2 came to the United States in a seemingly unconventional way, at least for those seeking to do harm to Americans.
Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband Syek Farook slaughtered people gathered for a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center, arrived in the United States last year on a K-1 visa, also known as a “fiancé visa.”
At first look, this information seems to be of little consequence. So, what? Why does it really matter how she gained access? Well, when faced with such information we should ask some important questions. For instance, how hard is it to get one of these Fiancé Visas?
The Huffington Post reports
The fiancé visa program has been heavily reported on since we learned that shooter Tashfeen Malik entered the United States as the fiancée of her male counterpart, Syed Farook. But the press has correctly emphasized that fiancé visas account for only a tiny fraction of visas issued by the State Department. Moreover, applicants for fiancé visas are more closely scrutinized than many other categories of visa holders.
Okay, this should give us pause if not outright concern. This woman, who was born in a hot bed of terror recruitment and moved to the most Islamic country in the world we vetted and passed snuff. What the world are we to do with those coming from Syria.
Think about what we are saying. The woman came to our country and said, “here is my information.” “Here are all my papers. Check me thoroughly.” And after having the cooperation of the two “ally” countries from which she had come, they found no reason to stop her from entering and marrying one of our citizens.
The Huffington Post continued
Why didn’t Saudi Arabia make either list, despite the badly kept secret that terrorism originates from that country? And what about Turkey, which appears to be European radicals’ gateway to ISIS strongholds? The answers don’t require much head scratching. We maintain an outwardly friendly relationship with Saudi Arabia because of its oil supply. Turkey enjoys the label of NATO ally. Once again, immigration policy is the football that player after player mishandles in a failed attempt at scoring some sort of security touchdown.
So as we are faced with one of the largest influx of suspect people in the history of our country, while we are playing political games for oil. If we are screening those whose information we have access to and terrorists are getting through, what chance do we have of stopping those who can pretend to be anyone from Syria and we cannot check.