With a wave of violence cresting in the Middle East, there’s been a surge in the number of people seeking refugee status and in the number of people seeking to immigrate to the U.S. In light of the fact that many of these refugees and immigrants are coming from a part of the world where a significant number of people wish harm upon the U.S., many reasonable people have questioned how well we vet immigrants and refugees in general.
What steps are we taking to make sure radical Islamic Supremacists aren’t coming over our borders camouflaged by the people honestly seeking asylum?
The simple answer is that we aren’t doing a very good job.
Case in point, Homeland Security just confessed that the U.S. has mistakenly granted citizenship to 858 immigrants who either came from countries considered to be a concern to our national security or who, upon closer inspection, had committed immigration fraud by not using their real names or birthdates.
Makes you feel safe, doesn’t it?
In light of the attacks over the weekend, and the government’s obvious incompetence when it comes to screening immigrants and keeping out those who intend to violence, it’s more important now than ever that you start practicing good situation awareness everywhere you go.
When you’re out in a public place, be aware of the people around you. If you notice anyone who is acting nervous or suspicious, keep an eye on them.
If you notice any unattended packages, get away from the area, and let an authority know.
Always know where the nearest exits are whenever you enter any building. And trust your gut. If a situation feels wrong to you, get out of there.
To learn more about the government snafu and how we came to have more than 800 “accidental” immigrants, just click here.