Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is now using the would-be bomber Amine El Khalifi as an example of why the U.S. immigration to be reformed and more rigid.
Last week, El Khalifi, 29, was arrested by federal agents after an investigation revealed that he was planning a suicide mission with the target being Washington D.C.
El Khalifi was in the U.S. on an expired visitor’s visa from Morocco.
Following El Khalifi’s arrest, Rep. Smith said, “Today’s thwarted terror plot is a reminder that foreign terrorists will continue to exploit our nation’s immigration laws as long as they remain loosely enforced by the Administration.
We have not learned the lessons of 9-11. Until we crack down on our immigration laws that allow terrorists to enter and stay in the U.S., history will continue to repeat itself.”
The Republican Congressman has made recent headlines for attacking the Obama administration, claiming it is ignoring immigration laws and allowing so-called dangerous immigrants to remain in the country, when in fact this administration has deported more undocumented immigrants than any other in history.