"Our Muslim population is better educated andeconomically better off than the average American," Homeland Securitychief Michael Chertoff told
"So, from a standpoint of mobility in society,it's a successful immigrant population.
"To some degree, the whole country is a countryof immigrants, and therefore there's no sense that we have insiders oroutsiders."
There are between six to seven million Muslims inthe
Chertoff said the situation in
"You had an influx of people that came in as acolonial legacy and may have always have felt, to some extent, that they wereviewed as second-class citizens, and they've tended to impact and be kind ofclustered in some areas," he added.
It showed that Muslims are over-represented inlow-paying sectors of the economy and that their educational achievement fallsbelow average.
It also indicated that unemployment rates amongMuslims are higher than average and that they are often disproportionatelyrepresented in areas with poorer housing conditions.
Chertoff fears a second 9/11 could be carried out bya European who can easily enter the
"The fear has always been the so-called 'cleanskin' - that's a person whose documents are completely legitimate, are notforged," he said.
European countries are among 27 states whosecitizens benefit from a visa waiver scheme, which allows visitors to enter the
About 18 million people visit the
Chertoff said the
"We have an absolute right to get this, in thesame way that if someone wants to be a guest in my house I have a right to askthem who they are and get identification."
Ever since the 9/11 attacks, the Bush administrationhas secretly been tapping into the comprehensive Passenger Name Record databasewhich is created by global travel reservation services that handle reservationsfor most airlines as well as for Internet sites.
An electronic file for each person who makes areservation contains details on rental cars or hotels, credit card information,contact information for the passenger and next of kin, and at times evenpersonal preferences, like a request for a king-size bed in a hotel.
"We need to build layers of protection, and Idon't think we totally want to rely upon the fact that a foreign government isgoing to know that one of their citizens is suspicious and is going to becoming here."
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16