Consider that 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.
“Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Undermining National Security and Public Safety for Political Expedience”
Michael W. Cutler, Senior Special Agent, INS (Ret.)
Senior Fellow, Californians for Population Stabilization
The 9/11 Commission was created, in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to determine what vulnerabilities contributed to the worst terrorist attack ever carried out on American soil to prevent future attacks. This is not unlike the commission that was convened after the Space Shuttle Challenger was lost to a devastating explosion 72 seconds after liftoff. This is not unlike the way that the NTSB investigates every airplane crash- to do everything within reason, to prevent a similar tragedy by determining the cause(s) of a plane crash and making certain that appropriate remedies are found and implemented.
Once the NTSB and other agencies and experts establish what remedies are needed to prevent future tragedies, these changes are implemented as quickly as possible. No one would dare question whether or not to make the appropriate fixes.
This is only commonsense.
Members of the 9/11 Commission staff took a hard look at the way that terrorists who have entered the United States and sought to carry out attacks in the United States put together a report, The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel.
The preface of the 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel stated:
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.
However, supporters of S. 744 have totally ignored the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and its staff. Many of these supporters have even rejected the need to secure the U.S./Mexican border or address any of the myriad other vulnerabilities in the immigration system.
Supporters of S.744 utterly ignore the current lack of integrity to the adjudications process by which aliens are granted immigration benefits including lawful immigrant status and even United States citizenship never even considering how a system that cannot handle its current workload could deal with a sudden influx of millions of additional applications.
On March 21, 2012, the Huffington Post published a disconcerting article that focused on a hearing conducted that day by the House Committee on Homeland Security. The article was entitled:
The hearing referenced in the news article was on the topic:
Here is how the Huffington Post article began:
WASHINGTON — Iranian-backed Hezbollah agents, not al Qaeda operatives, may pose the greatest threat on U.S. soil as tensions over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program ratchet up, according to the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
“As Iran moves closer to nuclear weapons and there is increasing concern over war between Iran and Israel, we must also focus on Iran’s secret operatives and their number one terrorist proxy force, Hezbollah, which we know is in America,” said New York Rep. Peter King at a Wednesday hearing of his committee.
Recent closings of US embassies have made it clear that al Qaeda continues to have the United States in its crosshairs, posing a clear and present danger to America and Americans.
On July 30, 2013 the Washington Times published a truly disturbing report:
It was also disturbing that the focus of the title and the article itself was on how this monumental failure would impact the “immigration deal” instead of how this undermines national security!
Any proposed immigration legislation must be guided by, and consistent with, the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. It is not sufficient that mere words be put on paper but that adequate resources for effective, comprehensive enforcement and administration of laws be made available, with a clear mandate to make certain that the letter and spirit of the 9/11 Commission findings and recommendations be fully implemented as a starting point.