A call to tighten immigration

Samantha Dutton
Opinion Editor

There seems to be no end in sight for the royal family of crime, the Tsarnaev’s, whose two sons, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, were allegedly responsible for the Boston bombings. It appears as though the two brothers have moved out of the spotlight, at least for the moment, and their mother has stepped forward.
Like most mothers, Zubeidat Tsarnaev wants to believe that her sons are innocent even if the evidence proves otherwise. What caught my attention was when she said that she and her family came to America because she was under the impression that America would protect them. But from terrorism?…that’s nonsense.
Zubeidat most recently bashed the United States for murdering her son. She asks why we did not send her supposed “innocent” son to prison in Guantanamo Bay as opposed to killing him?
I’m sorry but if he is as innocent as you claim him to be, then what business would he have in going to prison, not to mention the high security prison at Guantanamo Bay? As much as she denies it, I believe the mother knew about the radical plans of her sons and rather than thinking they would be killed, she figured the worst that would happen to them would be going to prison.
I never once considered it before, but is it possible that the United States does not come off as intimidating enough to our foreign counterparts when it comes to dealing with terrorism? I am confident that radical jihadis like the Tsarnaev brothers were aware that the United States frowns upon waterboarding and other forms of torture, and we certainly don’t practice “an eye for an eye” as some Middle Eastern countries do.
So what’s the worst that can happen? Be sent to prison where they are fed three square meals per day, and have a roof put over their head, or be sentenced to death and be made a martyr by their people.
We open our country up to immigrants fleeing their homelands in search of a better life and they use our tax dollars, get on our welfare systems, get free healthcare and education, only to be repaid by murder and terrorism? Something is wrong here.
The boys mother continually blames the United States for the events that happened in Boston, calling it a conspiracy, and maybe she is right. Maybe the United States is partially to blame because of the way we portray ourselves.
The United States is a welcome mat for immigrants who are in search of a better life, and somewhere along the way this made us naive. Every day we allow more and more immigrants in, they learn the American way of life, pledge allegiance to our flag, and become citizens. In some cases, they plot devastation.
This is not to say that all immigrants are bad because that would be false. It is impossible to know how many people in this country are sleeper cells waiting to be awoken, and that is the scary truth. It’s time for the United States to wake up and realize that we don’t live in a “Leave It to Beaver” world, we are being undermined by our enemies that we welcome into this country.
So I ask you, how many more terrorist attacks involving immigrants, like the Tsarnaev brothers, will it take for the United States to reassess our immigration policy?