FAIR Warning: News Coverage Failure Regarding Case of Amine El Khalifi Puts the Public at Risk

The world has changed — and not for the better. Ten years ago, news that an illegal alien planned to bomb the U.S. Capitol would have triggered a searching public inquiry into the policies that allowed this person to remain here “out of status” for so many years. Why, reporters would have asked, was this person allowed to remain in the U.S. so many years after a visa expired?

Not anymore, it seems. In their quest to protect this administration’s attack on virtually all interior immigration law enforcement, news outlets have failed completely to protect the public and ask why an illegal alien from Morocco named Amine El Khalifi — who was arrested Friday and charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction — was never identified and removed from the United States. The cable networks should be asking what must change to prevent a recurrence. After the 9/11 attacks, there were calls for an entry-exit system, robust interior enforcement, state-local cooperation and stepped-up document security. A commission laboriously studied the loopholes that allowed the hijackers to enter and remain — recommendations were issued and ignored.

On 9/11, the pain was acute for me — FAIR had pushed for years to close the loopholes that the hijackers used. FAIR had tried over and over again to alert the public to the fact that our poorly policed immigration system was a threat to homeland security. After 9/11, I said to myself, “finally, those interests and organizations that have pushed the loopholes — especially those who opposed interior enforcement and state-local cooperation during the Clinton Administration — would be put in their place.” Not so, it seems. In 2012, they are right back at it; the only difference is we now have an administration made up of opposition groups and individuals — people whose sole desire is to block nearly all meaningful immigration enforcement. And a pliant media willing to look the other way so one party can push amnesty and polarize the electorate over the supposed “Latino vote.”

The media are very obliging. There has been no discussion about why Amine El Khalifi was allowed to overstay a visa. It’s now accepted as a matter of course. This was not the case even ten years ago: no longer can journalists be expected to help the public understand the dangerous weak spots in America’s immigration control system.

This should not be happening, but FAIR is again working to alert the American people: The American people need to know that someone without a known criminal record can enter the U.S. on a visitor visa and remain forever — regardless of when the visa expires. The Executive Branch has failed the people. Need to build a terror cell? Just deploy foreign visitors without criminal records. No doubt it’s happening right now. The administration’s strategy is to let anyone come in and hope they can identify those with a pre-disposition to attack America after the fact via a string operation. This is a slim reed on which to pin America’s security. Better to enforce effective immigration controls at the outset. How many will have to die before this madness stops?

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


  1. avatar

    you really want to give these people amnesty?



    “The legal age of sexual consent in Mexico is 12 years old. Sex with children at this age and younger is socially acceptable in Mexico . For example: A Mexican Lopez-Mendez pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a 10 year old girl in West Virginia . His excuse: sex with young girls was common with his people. He said, “I was unaware that it was a crime.”

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    I read a lot about these issues on many different forums, but I never hear about any solutions. I have come up with the best solution. Make sure that Obama and his La Raza associates don’t get any more time to destroy our country. The election is only 8 monthd away, and we must make sure that a new conservative President gets elected. Then we can begin undoing the destruction he is bringing upon us, and eliminate the illegal alien problem; reinstate the 287(g) program, pass e-verify to take place immediately, not after years, eliminate birthright citizensip for the children of illegal aliens, eliminate chain migration for their families, eliminate drivers licenses for illegal aliens, eliminate in-state tuition for illegal aliens, eliminate the child tax credit for illegal aliens with ITIN’s, institute an entry-exit system for temporary visas, unclog the deportation system by stopping the giving of constitutional rights to illegal aliens (they have none), restart the detention-hold system so we can deport criminal illegal aliens, make secure our “more secure than ever” border, get rid of Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, but first and foremost get rid of Obama.

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      Your post is absolutely, “Golden” !
      Americans are tired of repeating again, and again, and again that the illegal aliens are destroying this nation. Our electorate are not bothered because they do not live “in the trenches”.
      We put them into office. Time to follow your advice: ” …..we can begin undoing the destruction he (Obama) is bringing upon us……”. Election 2012: let’s clean our political house in Washington and across the country!
      Yea! for williweb!

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    I reiterate:

    Amnesty will not produce a new breed of American patriots from the illegal alien masses. These people have no desire to become citizens of our country for they are acutely aware that this process will require them and their myriad family members to be responsible for their own welfare. Their existence in this country will radically change from that of parasitic to one of autonomy. This method was attempted years ago and failed for these very reasons.
    Fact: Ask any of the illegal aliens if they want to become citizens and they will state that they do not. They send their money back “home” to Mexico and they do not want to learn English!

    The Obama administration, via the likes of Janet Napolitano and other Razaunida protagonists, have methodically and arbitrarily rewritten our Constitution to protect the Mexican illegal aliens. The Raza lobbyists control Congress whose members have proven that they abandoned patriotism in their effort to embrace these hispanic radicals for political and financial gain.
    America’s pathetic Congressional members have no remorse for attaching an addendum to military legislation which was written to improve the lives of those who fight to protect this nation, but which in actuality, is handing more free money and more rights to illegal aliens.

    The consensus of the American people is that we have tired of these hispanic crusaders lobbying in Congress.
    I question: at what point will the American people finally cry “treason”? Razaunida and the hispanic radical groups; our Administration and our elected officials in Washington all represent people who have blatantly broken our federal immigration laws by crossing our borders illegally and yet they are rewarded by America’s cowardly government! They continue to live here without paying a dime and receive income tax numbers to obtain loans to buy homes and cars; they now receive free tuition to any college of their choice and as of last week, Congress passed legislation which allows MORE money for their millions of children, an additional $1800.00 per child. Recall: they do not pay income taxes; do not pay into social security; do not pay for education; do not pay anything for healthcare; and pay nothing for food for their families. The states give them food stamps or the equivalent.

    Apathy has downloaded the United States into the immigration crisis. The best of our best have bravely battled the enemy across the sea while our elected officials have arrogantly worked to hand our country to Mexico without a fight.
    America needs patriots. This great nation is in her death throes and unless we have the courage to fight for our heritage as a united people, then America will continue in Her demise. Historically, every great nation has fallen and the United States of America is not immune to the impact of a lazy and apathetic people.

    As for our nation’s future? We are dependent upon a media which has been held hostage by radicals whose only goal is to create a united Mexican race. One must question: If these members are so determined to create this society, why will they not return to their country of origin and alter the path of destiny within Mexico’s borders?

    Change is in the air and we must not back down. We are losing our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness due to the illegal alien crisis. We cannot allow Mexico to continue to dictate America’s future.

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    Treason in a time of war – and are we – not – at war on many fronts? carries a death sentence – SOOOO impeachment is the choice – Obviously acts of treason are being committed on a daily basis now – We’ve or the public in general have grown so accustomed or numbed by the daily assault on all of our common values and the very basis of our society that NOTHING really causes any kind of a stir anymore.You and i would’ve thought there would’ve have been some sweeping changes in our security and immigration apparatuses – there has alright – to say that you and i are to blame for all this because we work our asses off to support our families and take our 2 week vacations a year that we’re abusing the rest of the world by ” our ” affluence and we need to re-align our lives/lifestyles so some tribesman in west Afghanistan can have a pair of reeboks and an i-pod never mind he won’t know what to do with the i-pod or what a sports shoe is we need to give up our ” lavish ” indulgence – So weaken and lower our immigration laws to the point of non-existence that makes sense so then the west afghani can come here along with his entire village – Its because we’ve pissed off the rest of the world that these ASSAULTS have happened and until we end up as just another 3rd world country the attacks will continue – and this “administration” seems driven to ensure that that will be a VERY REAL possibility .Only this time who knows whats transpired in some outta the way rundown weapons storage site where some security guard trying to buy a tv and a fridge sells a tactical nuke to the highest bidder – Do you think with all the cutbacks we’ve improved our screening to more than hand held devices that MIGHT pick up a well shielded weapon? UNH – HUH – We’ll find out i’m reasonably sure – While our imposter in the oval office does his best to bend over and apologize for you and i taking our 2 weeks –

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    This is just another part of the huge conspiracy to destroy this nation. In the past three or four decades, the enforcement of our laws have slowly eroded to the point that our present administration apologizes to tenth century savages whose only aim is to kill anyone who doesn’t adhere to their philosophy. We send our young men and women to the Middle East among these murderers, yet our own borders remain wide open and we are invaded by people who laugh at our laws. Something is so wrong in this country. I’ve seen it change over my lifetime from a patriotic, honorable nation to one whose leaders welcome people who break our laws, and appease those who want to annihilate us. We haven’t had a President since Eisenhower who had the courage to stand up for his country and his people. We need to get out of the Middle East. We cannot bring democracy to a people who still live in the middle ages, nor can our nation withstand the onslaught that is bringing poverty, crime and diseases. If we go down, so does everyone else. Pray we soon get a leader who thinks more of his own people rather than kowtowing to the enemy.