Why are our airports in lockdown while our borders are wide open to terrorists?
My article today focuses on the obvious disconnect that we repeatedly see where the nexus between immigration and national security is concerned. Today we will compare how the administration reacted to failures of the TSA in stark contrast with the way failures of the immigration system have gone unaddressed and continue to undermine national security.
The process of searching passengers preparing to board airliners is intended to keep terrorists and weapons from getting on our airliners. I certainly understand the need to take precautions to prevent future hijackings and deny terrorists the opportunities to use passenger airliners as de facto cruise missiles.
However, the threats posed by terrorists extend far beyond our airliners and airports. The thankfully unsuccessful attempt by Faisal Shahzad to detonate a bomb in his SUV in Times Square several years ago had the potential to kill or maim many innocent victims. On April 15, 2013 the attacks on the Boston Marathon by the Tsarnaev brothers killed and maimed innocent victims yet involved no airliners but bombs planted in pressure cookers.
The fact that both Shahzad and the Tsarnaev brothers had acquired lawful immigrant status and in two of the cases, United States citizenship paralleled the warnings expressed by the 9/11 Commission and yet, nothing has been done to address those vulnerabilities.
We have witnessed other terrorists succeeding in gaming the immigration system and yet, these glaring examples of the failures of the immigration system have not resulted in any changes to fix this system that has a clear nexus to national security.
In fact, on May 12, 2015 FrontPage published my article,
Replacing the in-person inspections process with a kiosk.”
On June 13, 2013 I was interviewed by Neil Cavuto at Fox News on the topic:
The interview ran about 4 minutes and is worth watching.
On April 4, 2014, CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) posted my commentary that asks the questions all Americans need to ask their political “representatives.” My commentary is aptly titled: “How? Why?”
In his historic speech before the 3rd Army on May 31, 1944, General George S. Patton said, on the strategy of holding a position:
“We’re not holding anything, we’ll let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly, and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy.”
Pushing back against Comprehensive Immigration Reform is the same as holding position. The time has come for us to advance by demanding that our borders be made truly secure and our immigration laws be effectively administered and enforced.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform violates all of the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission but no one is willing to even consider how the lack of real border security and the lack of real integrity to the various components of the immigration system imperil national security and public safety.
The findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission must be the starting point for any discussion about immigration legislation. That commission determined that a lack of border security, including the visa process. and fraud in the immigration benefits program, enabled terrorists to enter and embed themselves in the United States, as they went about their deadly preparations.
Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today! Simply stated, the immigration laws were enacted to save lives and protect the jobs of American workers. In point of fact, our borders and our immigration laws are America’s first line of defense and last line of defense against international terrorists and transnational criminals.
It is not “Anti-Immigrant” to be “Pro-American!”
Our armed forces are charged with securing America’s borders externally while the DHS is supposed to secure those same borders from within. The failures of the DHS to live up to its half of the equation are undermining the efforts, valor and incredible sacrifices of Americas men and women who serve in our military!
If our government’s failures to protect American jobs by securing our nation’s borders and effectively enforcing our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation!
All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!
We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.
This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!
You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!
Democracy is not a spectator sport!
Lead, follow or get out of the way!