For decades our nation has been failing at its mission of securing our borders and instilling integrity to the entire immigration system which includes the enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States and the process by which applications for immigration benefits are adjudicated. The 9/11 Commission made it clear that these failures enabled not only the 19 terrorists who participated in the attacks of September 11, 2001 to enter the United States and embed themselves as they went about their deadly preparations but many other terrorists who have operated in the United States. Most recently we saw graphic evidence of this in the April 15, 2013 attack at the Boston Marathon by the Tsarnaev brother who, along with their other family members were granted political asylum in the United States claiming credible fear that they could not safely return to their native Russia. Shortly after they were granted political asylum they voluntarily boarded airliners for a trip back to Russia.
Our government ignored the obvious indications of fraud.
The current administration has been the rock bottom worst where immigration law enforcement is concerned however, both political parties are responsible for the fact that there has never been a greater influx of illegal aliens in the United States even as the United States faces existential threats posed by international terror organizations such as ISIS and al-Qaeda.
It is remarkable that the average American has been duped into believing the lies and rhetoric of the politicians who regularly chant the same false phrases repeatedly. Think about the (false) claim that we must import many more high-tech workers because American schools are incapable of providing effective education where the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses are concerned. Consider that the very same politicians who make that claim have also stated that we must “Staple Green Cards onto the diplomas of the foreign students who acquire their educations in the United States!” If our schools are that inept and incapable, why in earth should seek to employ those foreign students once they get their degrees?
The failures of the immigration system are undermining our national security and posing a threat to public safety- indeed, every terror attack carried out by foreign nationals in the United States including the bombing of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 were only possible because of those failures.
The harsh reality is that the DHS, in my judgement, was concocted to impede any efforts to address those myriad failings of the immigration system.
The starting point for any discussion about immigration must be the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.
The 9/11 Commission Report was released more than a decade ago.
Yet there are precious few members of Congress in either the House of Representatives or the United States Senate from either party willing to even mention the fact that there was a 9/11 Commission- when the topic of immigration is raised!
Here are a couple of important quotes to put things in proper perspective:
The first paragraph of the preface of the The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel begins with the following statement:
It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United
States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were
efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border
security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers
demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the
United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security
policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made
The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist travel went on to detail numerous examples of instances where terrorists not only made use of visa and immigration benefit fraud to enter the United States but to also embed themselves in the United States. Page 47 of this report noted:
Once terrorists had entered the United States, their next challenge was to find a way to remain here. Their primary method was immigration fraud. For example, Yousef and Ajaj concocted bogus political asylum stories when they arrived in the United States. Mahmoud Abouhalima, involved in both the World Trade Center and landmarks plots, received temporary residence under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) program, after falsely claiming that he picked beans in Florida.
This paragraph is found on page 98 under the title “Immigration Benefits:”
“Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.”
We must take the impact and implications of the immigration crisis for the United States and all Americans, in towns and cities across the United States as I noted in my recent commentary for CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization):
On July 15, 2014 I was a guest on the Fox Business Network program, “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” The segment in which I was interviewed by Lou was given the title:
On May 22, 2014 CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) posted my commentary:
On June 11, 2014 FrontPage Magazine posted my article:
I hope you will be listening.
On June 13, 2013 I was interviewed by Neil Cavuto on the topic:
The interview runs about 4 minutes and is worth watching.
The importance of our borders and our immigration laws cannot be overemphasized. In the war on terror and transnational gangs, they are our first line of defense and our last line of defense. They are equally important to American workers who are facing unfair competition from foreign workers, aided and abetted by the administration and advocates for “Sanctuary Cities” and Comprehensive Immigration Reform,
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!