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Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) last week introduced the Backlog Elimination, Legal Immigration, and Employment Visa Enhancement (BELIEVE) Act, a plan intended to increase immigration of high-skilled workers to the United States. The act will compete with the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), which passed the House last week. The Fairness Act makes useful changes, but has serious flaws, including its failure to account for immigrants with important occupations

Last month, the Department of Justice quietly announced the arrest of Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, who was, according to the FBI, planning an ISIS-inspired attack on a church in Pittsburgh. Alowemer’s arrest didn’t get much attention nationally the way it most certainly would have had he succeeded in his plan to blow up the Legacy International Worship Center on Pittsburgh’s North Side. But it nonetheless merits our attention. Alowemer is a Muslim Syrian refugee who was permitted to