DHS Chief Concedes Background Checks for Amnesty Would Not Catch Criminals

September 18, 2014

The requirement that illegal immigrants must come forward and subject themselves to background checks to attain legal status as required under various amnesty proposals likely would not catch criminals, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged Wednesday.  Speaking before the House Homeland Security Committee, Johnson conceded, under pressure from Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), that criminals in the country illegally would not voluntarily undergo background checks.  Barletta questioned the DHS secretary about the Obama administration’s pursuit of amnesty in the wake of ongoing concerns about terrorism in the United States and used the convicted 1993 World Trade Center bomber Mahmud Abouhalima as as example of a terrorist who received amnesty in 1986 by claiming to be an agricultural worker.  “I am very focused on knowing as much as we can about individuals who are undocumented in this country and I believe that if an earned path to citizenship were to become law, that would encourage people to come forward and submit to a background check so that they can get on the books,” Johnson said. Barletta responded by questioning the likelihood that a criminal or terrorist would actually submit to a background check.  Barletta: Do we honestly believe that

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Jonathan Erickson says:

    President Obama spoke about tracking immigrant
    status through an electronic database like the UPS tracks packages in 2010. The
    DHS has had a system since 2012 that isn’t being used that uses biometrics, like
    any delivery company, to track immigrants.

  • retiredairforce says:

    Just more administration corruption and incompetence. They don’t give a damn that gangs, criminals and terrorists will be allowed to remain in this country to victimize Americans. This administration views the deaths and victimization of Americans because of open borders as acceptable consequences on the road to a third world open borders welfare state.

  • Independence_R_US says:

    SO why is this such a surprise? Anyone with the sense God gave a rock would know that a background check is impossible to verify. These folks aren’t going to give any real information especially if they have records back where they came from. hey have no problems breaking out laws to stay here. So other than being intentionally moronically liberally stupid, what’s new?

    BTW how much will it cost to get a ton more folks to performs these checks? Especially since we’ve seen Odumbo’s track record in the past with Benghazi, F&F, IRS, NSA, etc etc etc? Don’t forget liberals don’t know how many are here. Even when they’re standing in front of the White House.

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