Securing the Blessings of Liberty: Congress Should Consider Expanding Grounds for Exclusion and Deportation to Include Radical BeliefsMonday, February 28th, 2011
By James R. Edwards Jr., CIS.org
Congress has recently debated the extension of expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. Though none of those measures directly involve immigration, this occasion provides a good time to consider security-related immigration issues.
America has excluded or ejected aliens from colonial times until the present. The reasons have ranged from their poverty to their radical political beliefs. This Memorandum briefly reviews the main U.S. laws barring entry to, or causing removal of, certain aliens on grounds related to national security. Next, it identifies several areas of concern that pose a threat to the United States but fall outside the present grounds for exclusion and deportation.
This Memorandum finds: