Paul Nachman's Kalispell Speech Presentation Available For Download
February 28, 2016, 09:24 AM
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Thanks to "A Montana Patriot" for his letter about the talk I gave on refugee resettlement this last Tuesday, February 23, in Kalispell.

Anyone interested in the PowerPoint slides I presented can view their 2.5-MB PDF version archived here.    The slides will be largely, but not entirely, self-explanatory.  (Note that the appendices weren't presented.)

The point made in Slide #6—that the United States exists to benefit its own citizens, not to rescue suffering humanity worldwide—got the best rise out of the audience.  That's apparently a basic idea that needs publicity.

One point in Montana Patriot's report needs correcting: I used Mahmoud Abouhalima as an example of America's immigration chaos, not Ramzi Yousef.  Abouhalima was an illegal alien from Egypt who—amazingly—received legal status via the 1986 IRCA amnesty by (fraudulently) claiming to be a Special Agricultural Worker, even though he actually drove taxicabs, badly, in New York City.

Abouhalima went on to help with the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, so I consider him the poster child for IRCA's dysfunction.  And that was a basic point I was trying to convey to the Kalispell audience—the habitual, lethal sloppiness in the immigration-related government operations nominally devoted to protecting us citizens.

Such practical, on-the-ground realities are surely unknown to most of the solons involved in writing and peddling immigration "reform" bills such as 2013's Gang-of-Eight abomination.  (I know for certain that Congressman Lou Barletta [R-PA] is aware of the Abouhalima story, but my educated guess is that no more than five other representatives and senators know about it.)

Yousef, too, was a principal in the 1993 WTC bombing.  And he might have been a better example for my talk on refugees and asylees, since as Steve Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies wrote (How the Terrorists Get In) in 2002:

Ramzi Yousef did not have a valid visa when he arrived at JFK airport in September of 1992, but he applied for asylum and was paroled into the United States while his claim was adjudicated.
Yousef eluded capture after the 1993 bombing and lived a life of successful barbarism for a couple more years until he was finally apprehended.  Today, Abouhalima and Yousef both have accommodations at the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.