Tsarnaev Family received over 100,000 in government assistance despite being on the terror watch list
The state handed over more than 500 documents to the members of the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, comprised of 11 members. The documents reveal a stunning truth. The Tsarnaev family received over 100,000 of our tax money in assistance programs. We as taxpayers paid for terrorists to have housing, good medical care, food stamps, etc. We did all this altruistic giving to people who were actually on the terror watch list.
Obviously hindsight is always 20/20 and wondering what might have been is kind of futile, but one can’t help but wonder…… What if they hadn’t received the section 8 housing? What if they had never gotten food stamps, or Medicaid? Would they have still been in our country? Perhaps. Perhaps not. It doesn’t change the fact that they were here, and they did commit an act of terror against our country. What I am trying to figure out is WHY people who are known to have terrorist ties, and on a terror watch list would be eligible for benefits? Also, I am aware that they immigrated legally to our country. This brings up several questions for me.
First, Why would our government support financially people who have known terrorist ties? Consider:
The CIA had Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name put into a terror watch list after being contacted by Russian authorities in 2011, raising more questions about why the Boston bomber’s trip to Russia the following year didn’t raise more red flags.
Sources say the Russians contacted the FBI once in March 2011, and several months later they contacted the CIA about Tsarnaev.
Why are these type of people eligible in the first place?
Next, why were they allowed to immigrate here if they were unable to support themselves. Many countries have in place safeguards to keep people who can’t care for themselves from leaching off the government. For example, Australia’s immigration policy requires that you be able to support yourself financially in Australia for a minimum of 24 months. You have to show proof that you have enough money and skills to do that.
Now, I am aware that the U.S. has similar requirements, but clearly they aren’t being enforced. We allow these type of terrorists to come over and then they start drawing government benefits. This is unacceptable.
How could the U.S. have dropped the ball so severely? Not only were they on terror watch lists, but they weren’t exactly flying under the radar. They were on government assistance, and had made suspicious trips and had suspicious communications. The CIA knew it, the FBI knew it. The FBI has said previously that it was told Tsarnaev was a “follower of radical Islam” and was preparing to travel to a foreign country to join unspecified underground groups. I mean what do you have to do to be relieved of government assistance? It rankles a bit that we were paying for these guys to live all the while they plotted against us. I mean honestly you can be kicked off of government assistance for being busted for marijuana, but being on the CIA terror watch list is OK?
I personally have grown weary of these types of people “slipping through the cracks”. If one bad person goes and shoots up a school its time to talk about gun control, but if a whole terrorist family is being state sponsored financially, it isn’t time to talk about welfare reform?