May 5, 2010, - 3:38 pm
Miss Bush yet? No, I don’t. It wasn’t as grand as you nostalgia-afflicted fantasists believe. I don’t want Obama, either. But Bush paved the way for him. And the story of Times Square Islamic terrorist Faisal Shahzad is a big reason why.
Brought to You by Bush
In the last day, I’ve received several e-mails and comments from readers and others asking me if I blame President Obama for Shahzad’s presence in the U.S.
No, I blame President Bush. Sorry, but we have to be intellectually honest here. Shahzad’s visas and various applications for citizenship were approved, nearly every step of the way by President Bush–the man who pushed through rubber-stamping of many Islamic immigration requests and increased the number of Muslim immigrants and visas to Muslim entrants into this country.
Shahzad originally came here on an F-1 student visa, which he was granted in December 1998. President Clinton’s administration granted the visa, because, sadly, we don’t refuse Muslim student visas–and even sadder, President Bush deliberately quadrupled the number of Muslim student visas Clinton gave out, a promise to Bush’s Saudi buddies. When Shahzad was no longer in school–during the Bush Administration–Bush made no effort to deport Shahzad, as his student visa was no longer valid and he was here illegally. Instead, Bush’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement chieftess, Julie L. Myers, gave ICE agent brass bonuses for the number of visa violator files they closed, whether or not they actually tried to find the people.
After he was no longer a student, Shahzad applied in April 2002 for an H1-B visa, and was granted this. After all, the Bush Administration was big on the baloney that there aren’t enough skilled workers and we need to bring them here (to take American jobs). What was his “specialty occupation,” a requirement for an H1-B? Apparently, it was making failed bombs because the guy worked as a financial analyst, a job plenty of Americans could do but can’t because guys like him steal the jobs away at lower wages. Another failure of the Bush immigration machine, as it declined to investigate and prosecute most H1-B visa fraud.
And finally, in October 2008–yes, Bush was still the Prez–Shahzad got married to an American woman. And since the Bushies made it known they’d prosecute few marriage fraud cases, he knew he was in the clear. With his immigration status adjusted, he easily became a U.S. citizen on April17, 2009, under Obama, but less than three months after he took office, which means that Bush’s people and policies were mostly still operational and that the approval took place under Bush.
Yes, every step of the way, President Bush gave this Islamic terrorist the green light to remain in the U.S.
And as I’ve noted on this site many times, top former Citizenship and Immigration Services officials repeatedly protested Bush’s policies of pressuring benefits adjudicators to spend less than five minutes per immigration and green card application and they were repeatedly refused access to an important terrorism database against which to check the names. The adjudicators–who decide whether or not to grant green card, citizenship, and certain visas (some of those are handled by the State Department)–were repeatedly pressured to get through the backlog quickly, to approve the applications, and were even awarded cash bonuses for doing so. Those who spoke out–like CIS Director of Security Mike Maxwell and adjudicator Sultan Farakhan–were fired by Bush and his political appointees.
Not that this has improved much under Obama, but this was all put into play by Bush, the man who claimed he was the national security President.
So, before you blame Barack Obama completely for the Faisal Shahzad attempt at a terrorist attack, blame the man who didn’t kick the guy out of the country, when he repeatedly had the chance. That man now lives in Texas, not on Pennsvlvania Avenue.
Miss him yet? If you do, you’re an idiot. Because, despite getting none of the blame in the mainstream media, Bush brought us Faisal Shahzad.
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