Limiting American Citizenship Not the Answer
The arrest of Pakistani-born U.S. citizen
But do these allegations make sense? Would we be safer if we drastically reduced the number of immigrants granted U.S. citizenship every year?
According to the
Following the news of Shahzad's arrest, cable television anchors flashed the figures of the rising U.S. foreign-born population on the screen -- from 14 million in 1920 to 38 million today -- and wondered whether
In the blogosphere, a headline by AOL News Washington correspondent
But at a time when the country is grappling with
First, there are many U.S.-born terrorists. Just remember the 1995 bombing of an
Even among Islamic terrorists or Jihad sympathizers, many are native-born Americans.
You may remember
"There is a broad spectrum of individuals who radicalize for different reasons: native born Americans, naturalized Americans, and immigrants," says
Furthermore, claims that immigration drives up crime rates are often wrong. Contrary to backers of
Shahzad's case undermines the arguments of those who are using national security as an excuse for cracking down on undocumented immigrants in
My opinion: I agree. Granted, it's imperative the U.S. authorities do a good job screening people trying to enter this country. But we should keep in mind that the 24 U.S. terrorist incidents that occurred between 2002 and 2005 were carried out by domestic extremists, and that many of those were U.S.-born Americans, according to FBI data cited in a recent
The solution does not lie in restricting immigration, but in improving intelligence, so that we can identify people who are potential national security threats.
From what we know, they can be native-born Americans, naturalized Americans or immigrants.
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