Amnesty Bill Triples Number of Afghan Refugees

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The Comprehensive Amnesty Bill is like a box of chocolates. Rotten horrible chocolates that have been sitting in toxic waste since 1955. Every time you take another look at it, something else horrible comes out.

The text of the Senate’s immigration-reform bill contains a small section that increases by more than threefold the number of Afghans eligible for immigration to the U.S. under a special asylum program, WND has learned.

The legislation also further expands the previously strict qualifications for immigration from Afghanistan and allows for more family members to join admitted asylum seekers.

Bring your wives. Bring all your wives. And bring their wives. And their wives’ wives. There’s no limit. The border is open. And the welfare is easy.

Page 450 of the 1,190 page immigration bill amends what is known as the 2009 Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program. That program, set to expire this year, is now extended to 2018 by the immigration bill.

The special program previously allotted up to 1,500 visas for Afghans each year. The new immigration bill increases the visa quota to up to 5,000 Afghans per year.

The Afghan birth rate is 3 times the American one. So start multiplying that 5,000.

The strict requirements of the previous program granted visas only to Afghan nationals employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government in Afghanistan on or after Oct. 7, 2001, for a period of one year or more. All applicants were required to demonstrate that they faced security threats due to their employment with the U.S.

The new legislation admits Afghans who worked for media or non-governmental organizations headquartered in the U.S. Also now qualified are Afghans employed by “an organization or entity closely associated with the United States mission in Afghanistan that has received United States Government funding through an official and documented contract, award, grant, or cooperative agreement.”

The former program granted visas to the spouses of those who qualified for asylum as well as to unmarried children younger than age 21. The new bill now expands the asylum to siblings and parents.

So that’s basically the entire country. But what could possibly go wrong?

Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Chechen brothers suspected of carrying out the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, immigrated to the U.S. as refugees in 2002.

 

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Afghan Asylum seekers equal stealth jihadists! Our politicians on both sides of the political aisles are insane, or are being paid off. One of the two. Indeed, they are deliberately keeping Americans in the dark.

  • Jakareh

    The fact that these are the people’s elected representatives shows that democracy has failed in the U.S., as it failed everywhere else where it was tried, starting with Athens. A second civil war will be needed to dislodge leftists from power once and for all.

  • Belinda Fish

    Special immigrant status is a justice issue, worldwide. These are folks who were recruited and hired to work as translators, etc., for our war in their land. Adding the post-script about the Tsarnaevs is akin to talking about the ethnic heritage of Timothy McVeigh. Thousands of refugees annually come to this nation, and to many other nations (many of whom are more generous that we) seeking safety, often from taking “our side” in their nation’s conflict. I am grateful to live in a country which seeks to provide safety and justice for those who have been displaced.
    Question for the author: How many Iraqi and/or Afghani refugees have you met?

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Belinda…have you been asleep for the past 20 years? It’s time to wake up dear!