The lesson from all of these failures is that we must demand that our government agencies work for us and that they follow their policies and procedures. If the person is a security risk or has a criminal violation or has violated the immigration rules or has stayed outside of the country for too long, flag them and investigate them. And by all means, if they have done all four, deport them. Most of all do not insult the American people and especially us in Massachusetts and tell us that nothing could have been done to prevent this day of terror.
Marisa DeFranco is an immigration attorney with 17 years of experience and a practice on the North Shore. In 2011, she was honored as a Top Woman of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She has also received the National Legal Aid & Defenders Association’s Beacon of Justice Award for her pro bono service in 2010. She is a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 6th District.