I tell people a lot of the security we see on the War on Terror is supposed to make us feel safer, not be Safer. Instapundit gives me another line to that argument today
However, a recent report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University discovered a “declining long-term trend” in the prosecution of immigrants on terrorism and national security grounds. “The incidents of 9/11/2001 and the creation of DHS appear to have little discernable impact on these trends,” the report noted. It seems that the federal government actually did a better job getting rid of the bad guys before DHS came along.
After analyzing close to 4 million records obtained from the Immigration Courts and the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys under the Freedom of Information Act, TRAC researchers found that in the last three years, just 12 individuals were charged with terrorism or terrorism-related activities — out of a total of 814,073 facing immigration charges. Of that same number, only 114 were charged with national security violations.
“More individuals were charged each year in Immigration Courts during the nineties for national security and terrorism than has occurred annually since 9/11/2001,” the TRAC report added, with national security charges down a third and terrorism charges down more than three-fourths. And despite a rising volume of deportation cases on lesser charges, there are “consistently declining percentages” for aggravated felonies and other serious crimes as well.
This means that we are jailing or deporting fewer alleged foreign criminals and terrorists now than we did in the early ’90s — before most of the public had even heard of Osama bin Laden. The final stat says it all: Only 37 of these extremely high-risk individuals were physically removed from the United States between 2004 and 2006. No wonder nobody believes the feds when they claim to make terrorism prevention their No. 1 priority.
Ya know… I think this year Bush may finally Prove John Kerry would have been as big a harm to our nation if elected over him.