Later today, Monday, February 20, 2012 at about 11:10 AM, Eastern Standard Time, I will be a guest on Mark Hager’s radio program, “Your Mark on History.”
We will be focusing on the national security implications of the administration’s continuing failures to address the many vulnerabilities in our immigration system. Our borders represent little more than speed bumps to smugglers who easily enter our country with narcotics and other contraband and aliens from the four corners of the planet. Once inside the United States, aliens who evaded the inspections process and head for cities and towns across our nation can anticipate that nothing will be down to locate them, arrest them or seek their removal from our country. The benefits program by which aliens are granted lawful immigrant status and even United States citizenship can anticipate that they will likely receive whatever benefits they apply for even when they commit fraud.
Just last week, Don Crocetti was a guest on my radio program, “The Michael Cutler Hour.” Don is the former Chief/Director of USCIS’ Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS). that is supposed to instill integrity in this critically important program, conceded that while between 6 million and 7 million applications for various benefits are processed each year, there are only about 700 investigators assigned to attempt to identify and weed out fraud in this program. I compare this with “Lucy at the BonBon Factory!” He also admitted that because of a lack of resources, often individuals are not arrested or deported when they are believed to have engaged in immigration benefit fraud.
While his efforts may have helped to reduce the fraud in the benefits program- it is clear that with the extremely limited resources and utter lack of backing by the administration- these vulnerabilities still threaten national security and the lives of our citizens!
Consider what the 9/11 Commission had this to say about immigration benefit fraud:
attempted operations were valuable to those carrying them out despite
their lack of success: they gave Islamic terrorists critical operational
experience in entering and “embedding” in the United States.
Although there is evidence that some land and sea border entries without
inspection occurred, these conspirators mainly subverted the legal entry
system by entering at airports. In doing so, they relied on a wide variety
of fraudulent documents, on aliases, and on government corruption. Because
terrorist operations were not suicide missions in the early to mid-1990s,
once in the United States terrorists and their supporters tried to get
legal immigration status that would permit them to remain here, primarily
by committing serial, or repeated, immigration fraud, by claiming political
asylum, and by marrying Americans. Many of these tactics would remain
largely unchanged and undetected throughout the 1990s and up to the
abuse of the immigration system and a lack of interior immigration enforcement
were unwittingly working together to support terrorist activity. It
would remain largely unknown, since no agency of the United States government
analyzed terrorist travel patterns until after 9/11. This lack of attention
meant that critical opportunities to disrupt terrorist travel and, therefore,
deadly terrorist operations were missed.
Meanwhile the administration has issued statements about their concerns that Iranian “sleeper agents” inside the United States might well be awaiting instructions should Iran’s nuclear program be attacked by the United States or Israel. According to Pentagon reports Iranian Quds troops are now stationed in Venezuela with more of these troops believed to be on their way.
Furthermore, several weeks ago, President Obama announced his intentions to admit Brazil into the “club” of 36 countries whose citizens do not require visas to enter the United States. Brazil is known for having Hezbollah, Hamas and al-Qaeda terrorist training camps in its Tr-Border region where Brazil borders on Argentina and Paraguay!
While TSA has more than 60.000 personnel to grope Americans seeking to board airliners, aliens who seek to enter our country and embed themselves in our country with nefarious intentions will likely find few hurtles in their path!
Here is the link to Mark’s excellent show:
I hope you will be listening!
Show me a politician who refuses to enforce the immigration laws or attempts to trivialize these laws, and I will show you a politician who needs to find out what it is like to stand on the unemployment line!
Benjamin Franklin, in discussing our then fledgeling nation, said that they had given us a republic if we could keep it!
What he was making clear was that this democratic republic required that its citizens take their citizenship seriously and keep the political leaders accountable.
It is time for the citizens of our nation to make certain that our nation’s leaders, on all levels, to come to terms with the fundamental fact that the purpose of our immigration laws is to protect our nation and our citizens from aliens whose presence has the potential to have a serious adverse impact. Ignoring those laws exposes our nation and our citizens to a variety of serious threats and challenges ranging from national security and criminal justice and public safety to the economy, the environment, healthcare and education!
A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!
our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the “American Dream” the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!
We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm’s way in defense of this nation and our citizens.
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.
If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same. We need to create a “Bucket Brigade of Truth!”
The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.
For far too long our citizens demonstrated apathy which emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups.
It is therefore understandable that the politicians of both parties, are greatly concerned about the demonstrations currently sweeping our nation just as did the creation of the Tea Party. Clearly more and more of our fellow Americans are demonstrating that they are not as dumb as the politicians from both parties had expected us to be!
I am encouraged that more and more of us, We the People, are not willing to simply sit on the sidelines anymore!
I believe our nation’s is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world. However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels or members of other transnational gangs or members of al-Qaeda!
I also believe that the original purpose of our nation’s immigration laws need to be be brought “front and center” to make certain that our nation does not permit the entry of aliens into our country whose presence in our country is problematic for the citizens of our nation and that if such aliens do succeed in entering our country that our nation have the resources, integrity and dedication to do everything possible to make it impossible for such aliens to function within our country so that even if they are not apprehended, they will find it pointless to remain in the United States.
As I have noted on a number of occasions, “No one would break into the amusement park if they could not get to go on the rides and no one remains in the amusement park at the end of the day when they turn shut down the rides and turn off the lights!”
If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce 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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