"Immigration and Threats Posed by ISIS" my commentary for CAPS

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Within the past several weeks the barbaric savage beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker have catapulted the terror organization, ISIS (ISIL) onto the front page of newspapers around the world.  It was not that long ago that President Obama described ISIS as the “JV (Junior Varsity) Team.”  
Clearly Obama underestimated our enemies.  ISIS is a spinoff of al-Qaeda, the terror organization that carried out the terror attacks of 9/11 in addition to other such deadly attacks.  According to published reports, ISIS is far more violent than al-Qaeda.
While news organizations around the world  have focussed their attentions on the threat that ISIS poses to not only people living in the Middle East but in countries around the world, the immigration component to this threat has been all but overlooked.
Clearly immigration policies and enforcement efforts are extremely important but the push for globalism and the massive profits that eradicating borders generate trump objective news reporting.  This is not a new issue, but given the extreme threats posed by ISIS it is vital for our citizens and especially our leaders to come to understand why our borders must be made secure and our immigration laws effectively enforced.
This is the topic for my latest commentary for CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) which was posted on the CAPS website on September 17, 2014:

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It is noteworthy that during President Obama’s speech on ISIS that he delivered on the evening of September 10t, 2014, just hours before the 13th anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 that he noted that ISIS must be denied safe haven in countries around the world.  Certainly this is a vital goal and one that former President George W. Bush also established in the wake of those terror attacks.  HOWEVER the myriad failures of the administration to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce and administer our immigration laws provides ample opportunities for terrorists to not only enter the United States but embed themselves in the United States.
This is further exacerbated by political leaders that have declared their cities and, in some cases, their states to be “Sanctuaries” for illegal aliens.  In point of fact, “Sanctuary” is synonymous with “Safe Haven!”
Yet the federal government has taken no action against those local and state political “leaders” for violating our immigration laws themselves.  In point of fact, under 8 USC § 1324 – Bringing in and harboring certain aliens, a section of law that is comprehended within the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), it is a felony to aid, abet, encourage or induce aliens to enter our country illegally or remain in our country illegally.

Here is an excerpt from that section of law:

Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324(a) Offenses

Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324(a) defines several distinct offenses related to aliens. Subsection 1324(a)(1)(i)-(v) prohibits alien smuggling, domestic transportation of unauthorized aliens, concealing or harboring unauthorized aliens, encouraging or inducing unauthorized aliens to enter the United States, and engaging in a conspiracy or aiding and abetting any of the preceding acts. Subsection 1324(a)(2) prohibits bringing or attempting to bring unauthorized aliens to the United States in any manner whatsoever, even at a designated port of entry. Subsection 1324(a)(3).
Harboring — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals harbors, shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.
Encouraging/Inducing — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) makes it an offense for any person who — encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.
Conspiracy/Aiding or Abetting — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(v) expressly makes it an offense to engage in a conspiracy to commit or aid or abet the commission of the foregoing offenses.
Think back to the innumerable press conferences where a parade of members of Congress from both the Democratic and Republican parties solemnly stood before reporters and their microphones and cameras and thumped their chests and thumped the podiums they stood behind demanding to know why no one had “connected the dots.”
In the years since those news conferences numerous hearings were conducted by committees and subcommittees in both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.  I personally testified before well over a dozen such hearings.  I assure you that those of us who testified before those hearings spoke in clear and unequivocal language.  
The 9/11 Commission gathered evidence and took statements from thousands of experts.  I provided testimony to this commission and once again, I assure you I did not mince words nor did many of those of us called to provide testimony.  We understood the clear nexus between the failures of the immigration system and the opportunities that these failures provided the terrorists to enter the United States and embed themselves in the United States.
Yet while the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and its investigative staff should be the starting point for any discussion about immigration- the 9/11 Commission is just about never referenced in any discussions about immigration “reform.”
Greed has come to trump national security and the lives of our citizens.
Election Day is rapidly approaching- any member of either the House of Representatives or the Senate who believes that the solution to the immigration crisis is to provide lawful status to unknown millions of illegal aliens who entered the United States by evading the inspections process that is supposed to prevent the entry of international terrorists and transnational criminals into the United States need to be voted out of office regardless of what party they belong to.  There can be no compromise on this because to provide such aliens with lawful status and official identity documents would compromise our national security.
I was interviewed by Neil Cavuto at Fox News on June 13, 2013 on the topic:

The interview ran about 4 minutes and is worth watching.  In fact, you may want to forward the link to all of the members of Congress who support providing unknown millions of illegal aliens with lawful status in the United States.

On July 2, 2013 the Washington Times published my Op-Ed:
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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.
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.
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!
America’s borders and immigration laws are its first line of defense and last line of defense.
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!

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