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Posted on 05/13/2005 8:59:03 PM PDT by Founding Father
Border Control Key to National Security
By Paul Weyrich
May 13, 2005
We must control our countrys borders. Former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Admiral James M. Loy appeared before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in February to counsel the Committee about improving immigration control at our nations borders. He delivered a message that was not given wide media coverage but one that many Americans already knew.
Admiral Loy said:
Recent information from ongoing investigations, detentions, and emerging threat streams strongly suggests that al-Qaeda has considered using the Southwest Border to infiltrate the United States. Several al-Qaeda leaders believe operatives can pave their way into the country through Mexico and also believe illegal entry is more advantageous than legal entry for operational security reasons.
Admiral Loy warned that the U.S.-Canadian Border has vast and difficult terrain that could provide good passageways for terrorists to sneak into our country and wreak havoc.
No longer is curbing illegal immigration only a way to stop poverty-stricken people, who seek greater opportunity, from entering our country. Illegal immigrants break our laws by doing so and do a disservice to immigrants who have entered our country legally. Breaking the law is bad enough but curbing illegal immigration is a national security matter in this Age of International Terrorism. We must control our borders and know who is coming into our country.
My father was an immigrant, as was my father in-law. It would be difficult for one whose family has benefited from this countrys open door policy on immigration to demand that the door be shut to future immigrants. My life was enriched by getting to know immigrants from Iron Curtain countries who searched for freedom and liberty and were thankful that they found it in our country. However, we have immigration laws and they must be obeyed. Even Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), an immigrant himself, recently said we have the resources to control our borders but our leaders appear to lack the will. He stressed that controlling immigration is first and foremost a federal responsibility: We have the money to do it. It is not a lack of money. When we can afford the war in Iraq, we can afford to control our own borders.
Jerry Seper of the The Washington Times reported in his March 30 article, 500 New Agents to Patrol Arizona Border, that the Border Patrol captured more than one million illegal aliens last year.
The presence of the Minutemen at the Arizona Border should have sent a signal to our leaders in Washington that our country is growing restless and its citizens want to see the Federal Government decisively act to control our borders. We need more border control agents and we need to equip them with the latest technologies to identify people who try to enter our country illegally. The announcement at the end of March that 500 new U.S. Border Patrol agents would be assigned to the Arizona-Mexico Border certainly was welcome news but we more aggressively must train and deploy new agents. The 9/11 Commission urged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to add 2,000 new agents annually over five years beginning in Fiscal Year 2006. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Robert C. Bonner believed it would be difficult for his agency to train that many agents so quickly but agreed that the agency needs more agents.
Another important preventive measure that should be implemented would require state and local governments and private sector institutions such as banks to stop accepting the Matricula Consular Cards issued by the Mexican Government as standard identification. [We recently had a heated debate in Congress over the standardization of state-issued drivers licenses. The President signed the national drivers license bill into law on Wednesday, May 11.]
The Center for Immigration Studies Mark Kirkorian recently wrote in National Review that perhaps even more problematic than inconsistent license rules is the spreading acceptance of consular registration cards, chiefly Mexicos matricula consular card, which functions as an illegal alien ID; when accepted by U.S. jurisdictions as a valid ID for everything from bank accounts to air travel, it represents a de facto amnesty. The FBI views these cards to be a risk; the Treasury Department approves their use.
Morton C. Blackwell, President of the Leadership Institute, made a candid point that our federal elected officials, particularly those who are conservative, should heed. Mr. Blackwell agrees that the issue of immigration is complex. He also said that many Americans particularly the conservatives that overwhelmingly supported President Bush in the last election quite tenaciously believe that our borders need more protection and that they will vote on that issue in the next election. Failure to control our borders would risk splitting the Conservative Coalition.
Controlling - not stopping - immigration is a matter of national security. It is a difficult task but it is truly the most important strategy at the front lines in the War against Terrorism. Lose this battle and there could be more opportunities for 9/11 to be repeated. Winning this battle starts at the front lines by exercising more control over who enters our country. This is a difficult task but one that certainly is well within our capability. [Using the military to patrol our border may strike some as an attractive option but it is preferable to have the Border Patrol improve its capability. Conservatives traditionally have looked askance at the military performing domestic law enforcement functions even if it involved national security.] Smart politicians realize the importance of this issue and would not be surprised to hear more calls for increased border security in the next election.
This is an issue that may be good politics but it is much more than that; our national security is at stake.
And our corrupt leadership continues to fiddle away.
He's not fiddling, he's putting out the welcome mat. The Washington Times reported today that the Border Patrol was ordered not to arrest illegals coming across the border in the Tuscon sector.
Replace that "could be" with "will be".
Of course. But unprosecuted treason is routine these days.
The Washington Times reported today that the Border Patrol was ordered not to arrest illegals coming across the border in the Tuscon sector.
It is not unreasonable to say that Washington, living in their own bubble of politics and protection, on a foundation of elitism, has simply lost it. Washington is out of control, meaning it is working for some other force or agenda OTHER THAN THE REAL AMERICANS OF THIS COUNTRY.
They just take care
of NUMBER ONE!
And number one ain't you...
You ain't even
I am certain the double entendre was deliberate.
Wonder how many of those one million people the BP caught last year were repeat offenders?
Epat's keen eye picks up the germ of an idea!
Maybe we should focus on the 30 million illegals who are already here? What?
OR IS THAT "CHANGING THE SUBJECT"?
Maybe the war is already over and "THEY" have won.
Locking the barn door after the proverbial horse has bolted?
ARE YOU GETTING ANY OF THIS?
The BP doesn't do their job now so lots of improvement would be in order.
Conservatives traditionally have looked askance at the military performing domestic law enforcement functions even if it involved national security.]
Could someone please explain this to me? Why is it not a good idea to have the military on the border? They are here, trained, already on the payroll... Seems to me this would be preferable to adding another layer of bureaucratic ineptness and expense.
TREASON "Impeachable offense."
It is the duty of the executive branch to enforce the laws as passed by Congress.
Mixing military and law-enforcement functions is definitely a slippery slope. The job of the military is to break things and kill people, not enforce the laws. It's really a go-nowhere solution anyway, because if there was political will for it in Washington, then there'd be political will to bring the Border Patrol up to snuff. I'd rather focus on the source of the problem, than creatively play around with the symptoms.
The job of the military is to break things and kill people, not enforce the laws.
I have been having trouble getting a grasp on this. I look at the situation as an illegal invasion of our sovereign nation, more than a nuisance to be handled by LEO's. I guess that's where my confusion comes in.
The fact that a problem has national security implications doesn't mean the military is the best equipped to deal with it. The military's designed to deal with a specific type of national security problem: other militaries. But if, for example, we find out that So-and-So has likely been providing financial support to terrorists, we don't send the Army in after him, even though it's clearly a national security matter. I think it's the same along the border. If there's no army to fight, civilian law enforcement is capable of handling the job.
I understand...it's just this whole ILLEGAL INVASION of our country gets my blood boiling.