Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Illegal Immigration in America

Border Security Is National Security
Throughout the debate on immigration reform, conservatives repeatedly stressed the link between border security and national security. It has been a fairly regular theme in this daily report ever since September 11, 2001. However, there was news last week that underscored yet again the urgent need for this country to get serious about border security. According to a 2005 report by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) obtained by the Washington Times, the nexus between Mexican gangs, drug cartels and terrorism is real and much stronger than previously believed.

Drug trafficking is a known source of terrorist financing. That is not news. But the extent to which Middle Eastern terrorists are infiltrating the drug trade on our southern border is very disturbing and should be setting off alarm bells throughout Washington. In fact, the DEA report even went so far as to state, “It is very likely that any future ‘September 11th’ type of terrorist event in the United States may be facilitated, wittingly or unwittingly, by drug traffickers operating on both sides of the United States-Mexico border.”

The report states that Middle Eastern terrorists are entering Mexico, learning Spanish, adopting Hispanic names, going to work for the drug cartels and establishing sleeper cells in the U.S. As one DEA official said, “What we know for sure is that persons associated with terrorist groups have discovered what the cartels have known all along – the border is the backdoor into the U.S.” In our report on May 10th, I noted that a CIA threat paper had expressed similar concerns about Hezbollah terrorists known to be operating in South America. Now members of Congress are demanding formal investigations about the growing evidence of Islamic terrorist infiltration along our southern border.

Hopefully this information will end the racist epithets and invective that are too often hurled against concerned citizens who oppose mass amnesty deals. The DEA, CIA, FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have all issued reports expressing grave concerns about the lack of security on our southern border. We have been repeatedly warned of a clear and present danger, and the American people understand the risk. That is why they were so outraged by the most recent attempt to ram through a comprehensive immigration reform plan that treated border security as merely an excuse to accommodate the demands of the illegal alien lobby and corporate elites.

The good news is that the administration is finally taking action. Last week it announced that employers would be required to fire workers with illegal Social Security numbers, an idea supported by 79% of Americans. To be clear, the goal is not to punish hardworking Hispanics, but to guarantee that those in this country are here legally and for the right reasons. But the politicians still have a long way to go to earn your trust. According to one recent survey, 68% of all Americans (80% of Republicans, 64% of Independents and 62% of Democrats) believe it is “Very Important” for the government to improve border security and reduce illegal immigration. But only 12% of Americans believe the government is doing enough, while 71% say it is not.

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Luckily securing the border against trespassers is working. In Yuma, AZ
arrests are down 70% compared to last year. Using just 50 guards and a new (simple) border fence upgrade, arrests per hour went from 200 to just now 1 per hour. Three fences and extra lighting and sensors are the cause. This is very good news for America!

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