Immigration’s Capture and Release Program for Iranian Nationals

Information has come to light that in the two fiscal years of 2009 and 2010, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) captured, held and then released 28 Iranian nationals.  Two of the releases occurred while Bush was still president, the other 26 occurred under Obama’s watch care.

Upon their release by ICE officials, all of these 28 Iranian nationals failed to show up for their immigration proceedings and they are now fugitives within the US and no one has a clue where they are.

The US State Department has designated four nations as being sponsors of terrorism.  That list consists of Cuba, Syria, Sudan and Iran.  (I believe Pakistan should also be added to that list, but that’s another story).

And to those people that side with illegal immigrants and for opening the border such as Obama and Ron Paul, they may be interested to know that 21 of the 28 Iranians were initially caught by ICE officials for illegally entering the country in the Mexican border states of Arizona, California and Texas.

The question of national security with illegal Iranians loose in the United States has been heightened since the arrest last week of Iranian immigrant Manssor Arbabsiar by the State Department.  Arbabsiar has been charged with planning the assassination of Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States.  His plan was to pay drug trafficker from Mexico to carry out the assassination.

When ICE officials were asked by one news agency about their efforts to locate the fugitive Iranians, their response was, “ICE fugitive operations teams around the country work every day to apprehend individuals who have ignored an immigration judge’s order to leave the country. In keeping with ICE’s focus on removing those who potentially pose a threat to national security or public safety.  ICE prioritizes the apprehension of individuals who may have ties to terrorist activity or who have serious criminal histories.”

In other words, it doesn’t seem that they implementing any priority status to locating and apprehending these 28 fugitives who came from a terrorist supporting nation and entered the country illegally.

Don’t know about you, but when I weigh all of this, especially after the Iranian assassination plot, I would think that Homeland Security and the FBI would be involved in tracking down these individuals.  They may not be planning anything illegal, but how do we know that?

I also have to again raise the issue of the security of our national borders.  They seem to be easily accessible not only to the millions of Hispanic illegals, but also an open highway for possible terrorists.  I would think that if for no other reason, the government should be taking stronger measures to secure the borders and tighten security at all entry points.