Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin are two of the more strident columnists of the right. Often, they go overboard with their rhetoric. But both have written columns reminding us of the immigrants who have committed high-profile crimes after legally entering the United States.
Mrs. Malkin’s column appears on today’s op-ed page. But it’s worth reprising a few of Ms. Coulter’s thoughts, along with more examples of immigrant murderers. As this page noted on Thursday about the bombing in Boston, if these immigrants hadn’t been here, the victims would be alive and well.
Ms. Coulter correctly notes that this nation’s legal immigration problem can be traced to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Since 1969, she noted, “about 85 percent of legal immigrants have come from the Third World.” Those immigrants bring poverty and other social ills, as well as cultural beliefs about such crimes as domestic violence, which some don’t see as a crime at all. Often, Ms. Coulter wrote, “[w]hen they can’t make it in America, they simply go on welfare and sometimes strike out at Americans.”
Consider the list:
■ Jamaican immigrant Colin Ferguson, an unemployed racist who faked workman’s compensation claims, targeted and murdered six whites on the Long Island Railroad in 1993.
■ In 1997, Palestinian immigrant Ali Hassan Abu Kamal murdered Christoffer Burmeister, a 27 year-old musician, in a mass shooting at the Empire State Building. Hassan was 68 years old. He entered the country two months earlier.
■ Also in 1997, Ukrainian immigrant Mikhail Markhasev, 18, murdered Ennis Cosby, entertainer Bill Cosby’s son. Markhasev, had a juvenile record and robbed young Cosby, and he boasted of killing Cosby because he was black.
■ In 2002, Nigerian immigrant Peter Odighizuwa, 43, murdered three people at the Appalachian School of Law.
■ Also in 2002, Egyptian immigrant Hesham Mohamed Hadayet murdered a stewardess and passenger at El Al ticket counter at the Los Angeles airport.
Mexican immigrant Salvador Tapia murdered six in Chicago in 2003. Hmong immigrant Chai Soua Vang murdered six in 2004 in Wisconsin. Bosnian immigrant Sulejman Talovic murdered five at in Salt Lake City in 2007. In 2009, Vietnamese immigrant Jiverly Wong, “who became a naturalized citizen two years after being convicted of fraud and forgery in California,” murdered 13 people at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, N.Y. Last but not least, Korean immigrant Seung-Hui Cho murdered 32 at Virginia Tech in 2007.
Indeed. Again, illegal immigration is not the sole source of this nation’s vexing immigration problem. Uncontrolled legal immigration, including applicants for asylum and student and work visas, is a peril as well. The Boston bombers fit the profile: They were “refugees” here legally. One, with an arrest for domestic violence, was collecting welfare. The government simply doesn’t know who is here. Clearly, seeking the “American dream,” or asking for protection from bad men, is no longer a satisfactory excuse to enter the country.
The mammoth immigration bill now before Congress — which, as this page noted on Wednesday, is little more than amnesty — must be defeated. Our southern border must be sealed to stop illegal crossers, and procedures fortified for screening legitimate immigrants. Congress’ top priority is not keeping immigrants and their lobbyists happy. It is keeping Americans safe.