America’s Insane Asylum for Jihadists, Hustlers and Frauds

JihadistsIn the aftermath of the Boston Marathon killing spree by foreign-born jihadists, see-no-evil bureaucrats in Washington are stubbornly defending America’s lax asylum policies. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Tuesday that the screening process is rigorous, effective and extensive.

These people can’t handle the truth. Or tell it.

The Tsarnaev brothers reportedly were granted asylum by “derivative” status through their parents. After entering on short-term tourist visas, the mother and father (an ethnic Chechen Muslim) won asylum and acquired U.S. citizenship. Next, younger son Dzhokhar obtained U.S. citizenship. Older son Tamerlan, whose naturalization application was pending, traveled freely between the U.S. and the jihad recruitment zone of Dagestan, Russia, last year before the bombers’ gunfight in Watertown, Mass., last week left the Muslim terrorist dead.

Though they had convinced the U.S. that they faced deadly persecution, the Tsarnaevs’ parents both returned to their native land and were there when their sons launched last week’s terror rampage. Authorities will not reveal any details of the sob stories the Tsarnaevs originally spun to win asylum benefits for the entire family.

The whole thing stinks. And it’s an old, familiar stench. Immigration lawyers have been working the system on behalf of asylum con artists for decades. The racketeers coach applicants with phony stories and documents from “chop shops” and game their way through “refugee roulette.”

Asylum and refugee claimants are being rubber-stamped at all-time-high rates. Government data analyzed by the nonpartisan TRAC website show that “the odds of an asylum claim being denied in Immigration Court reached an historic low in FY 2012, with only 44.5 percent being turned down. Ten years ago, almost two out of three (62.6 percent) individuals seeking asylum lost their cases in similar actions. Twenty years ago, fewer than one out of four (24 percent) asylum applicants won their cases, while three out of four (76 percent) lost.”

The game is rigged in favor of identity-group hustlers, who mau-mau adjudicators whose approval rates don’t meet their approval.

Soft-on-enforcement lobbying groups argue that it’s better to err on the side of allowing bogus asylum-seekers and refugees to stay than to get serious about cracking down on fraud and send undeserving foreigners home. It’s not “practical” or worth it, they say.

But what about the “if it saves just one life” standard set by President Obama? Why does it only apply to gun control? Why won’t Washington err on the side of public safety by reexamining and overhauling our fraud-riddled asylum, detention, deportation and visa issuance policies after the Boston jihad?

In case you’d forgotten, the Tsarnaevs were not the first murder-minded jihadists to benefit from ineffective policing of our asylum and refugee policies. As I’ve reported previously:

—Ramzi Yousef landed at New York City’s JFK airport from Pakistan and flashed an Iraqi passport without a visa to inspectors. He was briefly detained for illegal entry and fingerprinted, but was allowed to remain in the country after invoking the magic words “political asylum.” Yousef was released for lack of detention space and headed to Jersey City to plot the deadly 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

—Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer, a Palestinian bomb-builder, entered the U.S. illegally through Canada in 1996-97. He claimed political asylum based on phony persecution by Israelis, was released on a reduced $5,000 bond posted by a man who was himself an illegal alien and then skipped his asylum hearing. In June 1997, a federal immigration judge ordered Mezer to leave on a “voluntary departure order.” Mezer ignored him. He joined the New York City bombing plot before being arrested in July 1997 after a roommate tipped off local police.

—Mir Aimal Kansi, convicted in 1997 of capital murder and nine other charges stemming from his January 1993 shooting spree outside the CIA headquarters in McLean, Va., also exploited our insane asylum laxity. Despite his history as a known Pakistani militant who had participated in anti-American protests abroad, Kansi received a business visa in 1991. After arrival, he claimed political asylum based on his ethnic minority status in Pakistan. While his asylum application was pending, he obtained a driver’s license and an AK-47, murdered two CIA agents and wounded three others.

—Somali national Nuradin Abdi, the al-Qaida shopping mall bomb plotter convicted in 2007, first entered the U.S. in 1995 using a false passport. He entered again illegally from Canada in 1997 and secured asylum on false grounds. Abdi then was able to fraudulently obtain a refugee travel document, which he used to fly to Ethiopia and, yes, Chechnya for jihad training.

—Among the convicted Fort Dix (N.J.) jihad plotters were three ethnic Albanian illegal alien brothers, Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka, who snuck into the country through Mexico with their parents. In 1984, the father applied for asylum, but the feds ignored them for two decades. In the meantime, as America showed the Dukas’ refugee community unmatched compassion and generosity, the Muslim trio returned the favor by planning to massacre U.S. soldiers.

As always, political correctness and political pandering are the handmaidens of terrorism.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is


  • LEE

    Remember everyone, if we would voted the other way last year we would not be having all these problems now,

  • Ramon Espinosa


  • Ramon Espinosa

    Just close the Door …….& say No Entry for Loons & all who profess ” we come in Pease ”

  • White Hunter

    A German family recently requested asylum here so they could home-school their children with traditional, conventional values–something that’s evidently illegal for parents to do in their native Germany (and soon will be here, if the NEA has its way). Their request perfunctorily denied, deporting them is suddenly an urgent priority for ICE/INS and the State Department.

    Yet we “can’t” deport 12 million – 20 million illegals, nor Obama’s African “aunt” and “uncle,” who have openly enjoyed “asylum” — and welfare! — in Massachusetts for more than a decade. Even the “uncle’s” DUI conviction wasn’t enough to declare him at least persona non grata and get him out.

    And we had “no grounds” to deny entry (and re-entry!) to a family of America-hating Chechan Moslems who were all on welfare and EBT, and spawned two murderous jihadists. The FBI “didn’t have a warrant” to look at their posts on FB and YouTube and draw the obvious conclusions…even though the hatespeech was posted online for the rest of the 7 billion people on earth to see without entering a password or even, uh, “friending” them? We are indeed doomed if we don’t come to our senses NOW.

  • Tim Ned

    It is impossible to get green cards for programmers from Denmark and India or Physicists from Germany. But terrorists? No problem!

  • EddieD_Boston

    It gets worse Bernie. The Boston Herald reported they were collecting welfare a couple of years ago.

    • EddieD_Boston

      Or is that what you meant by asylum benefits?

  • I Hate Fascists

    Hey Tigress, did you get here by means of a chop shop?

    • Smarter Than You!

      Liberal dogma: Racism is permissible if the target espouses common sense. Her beauty is only surpassed by her brilliance. Thank goodness she is not a liberal or that statement would get me into a lot of trouble with the PC police. Just the opinion of a geriatric old white guy, or so I have been called.

      • I Hate Fascists

        You sweet talker you! Keep it up. You will have that tigress purring like a kitten and licking milk off your .. well never mind! I’m with you there bro! You are the man!

  • Cyberquill

    The game is rigged in favor of identity-group hustlers, who mau-mau adjudicators whose approval rates don’t meet their approval.

    Mau-mau? I like it when MM gets so passionate about a subject that she slips into speaking Philippine.

    • sjangers

      You might want to check out a 1970 book by Tom Wolfe titled “Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers”. That’s probably the origin of Malkin’s reference.

    • Toa

      The Mau Mau was a black racist paramilitary movement in 1950s Kenya.

      • Cyberquill

        Yeah, but it sounds more like something out of southeast Asia.

  • Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Way past time to close the door to the people who want to come here to kill us.
    Can Americans be granted asylum in any other country?

  • Rachel

    When is someone in the US Govt going to start giving a damn about AMERICANS?? I’m tired of our Fed bending over backwards for illegal aliens, Islamists and every other ne’er-do-well that sneaks into the country to do us financial and physical harm. PC kills…it kills Americans.