So runs the defense from the federal government over their failed screening procedures for San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. Farook went to Saudi Arabia and brought Malik back as his wife earlier this year; he also went on Hajj while in Saudi Arabia. We know that Farook apparent radicalized over the past several months, and that according to CNN, he was “in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism, law enforcement officials said Thursday.”
This did not put him on government radar or stop him from legally purchasing weapons. They were unknown to FBI and police.
Malik immigrated to the United States with a Pakistani passport, and entered the country on a K-1 (fiancée) visa. That visa allows the holder to “travel to the United States and marry his or her US citizen sponsor within 90 days of arrival.” After their marriage, Malik got a green card, becoming a legal permanent resident. After just a couple more years, she would have become a citizen. As Breitbart reports:
The U.S. Department of State says that “the foreign-citizen will then apply for adjustment of status to a permanent resident (LPR) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Because a fiancé(e) visa permits the holder to immigrate to the U.S. and marry a U.S. citizen shortly after arrival in the United States, the fiancé(e) must meet some of the requirements of an immigrant visa.”
This lovely couple spent its time watching chick flicks – if by chick flicks, you mean ISIS propaganda:
The same federal government that saw no problem with Malik also allowed in the Boston bombers. In April 2002, the Tsarnaev family entered the United States on a tourist visa; at the time, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar were 15 and 8, respectively. They were then given asylum. That required them to show the government a “well-founded fear” of being persecuted back home. They then applied for green cards, including a security check. Five years later, they were given citizenship.
Well done, federal government.
The point here isn’t that the feds can be expected to properly screen everyone who comes into the country. It’s that it would be foolish to expect them to do so – so why would you place the burden on them of having to screen tens of thousands of un-screenable Muslims from the world’s most war-torn country – a country with a history of churning out radicals?
But no – President Obama has vowed to keep us safe. He certainly wouldn’t allow any security risks to enter the country, like, say, Tashfeen Malik.