The second doorway is just as troubling. The Senate bill also fails to stop terrorists who invent an entirely “clean” identity. Because the bill contains no requirement that the alien produce a secure foreign passport proving that he is who he says he is, terrorists will easily game the system.
A terrorist could walk into a USCIS office and offer a completely fictitious name — one without any negative information associated with it. In other words, a terrorist could declare that his name is “Rumpelstiltskin,” produce two easily forged scraps of paper indicating that he was in the country before Jan. 1, 2007, and walk out with a probationary Z visa — complete with a government-issued ID card backing up his false identity.
Don’t expect proponents of the bill to fix that loophole. The majority of the 12-20 million illegal aliens do not possess a passport. Requiring them to present one would disqualify too many aliens for the pro-amnesty crowd.
Consequently, dozens of terrorists will receive amnesty if the bill becomes law.
The bust of the JFK Airport terrorists is a timely alarm. Let’s hope our Senators don’t hit the snooze button.
Kris W. Kobach is a professor of law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. From 2001-03, he was Attorney General John Ashcroft’s chief adviser on immigration law.
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