I, and many others, have complained about the ease with which illegals can and do cross our borders, posing an extreme and unwarranted danger to the United States. That danger is ignored, downplayed, or outright ridiculed by a wide spectrum of the American polity. Unfortunately, it may already be too late to implement effective checks and controls on the borders.|
How long does it take to construct physical barriers to prevent uncontrolled crossing? How long to recruit, train and deploy adequate personnel? Maybe too long, when balanced against possible terrorist threats that may already be in advanced planning, or execution, stages.
Case in point, from Alfredo Corchado and Jason Trahan of the Dallas Morning News (via Kansas City Star - free reg. required):
[...] The plot, according to uncorroborated information provided by an FBI informant, involves a man, described as an Arab who goes by the nickname "El Espanol," and Ernesto Zatarin Beliz, also known as El Traca, a reputed Mexican drug trafficker and member of the Zetas, the feared enforcers of the notorious Gulf cartel.Read the whole thing, much more information there.
"Yeah, yeah, so what?" the apologists whine. Only one guy, and we already have tabs on him. How much of a threat can he pose?
One? Oh, really?
The Arab TV news network criticized by the new Iraqi government and others for its anti-American bias and willingness to carry the messages of terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida, is headed for the U.S.-Mexico border to document how easy it is to enter America illegally. [...]Item::
Of the 800,000 illegal aliens caught trying to sneak across the U.S.-Mexico border since October, more than 10 percent are from countries other than Mexico, posing serious national security issues.
WASHINGTON – The Mexican army is escorting those attempting to cross over the U.S. border illegally – including known drug-runners – to areas not patrolled by the Minuteman Project near Naco, Ariz., say Border Patrol sources and other officials including a U.S. congressman.
WASHINGTON – Islam is on the move in Mexico and throughout Latin America, making dramatic gains in converting the native population, increasing immigration, establishing businesses and charities and attracting attention from U.S. government officials who have asked their neighbors to the south to keep an eye on foreign Muslim groups.
Adding information to previous reports about terrorists crossing the southern border, FBI Director Robert Mueller told a congressional panel today that illegal aliens from countries with ties to al-Qaida have crossed into the U.S. from Mexico using false identities.
While there likely aren't any posters depicting exotic destinations on the wall, an al-Qaida travel agency operates in Latin America to help terrorists enter the U.S., the 9-11 commission reports.
With Islamic "charities" under increasing international pressure and scrutiny to cut ties with terrorists, al-Qaida and other allied organizations are expanding operations in Latin America, establishing both legitimate and criminal enterprises to fund future operations, reports Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. [...]
Some of these items are slightly dated, others very recent, but all point to one thing... our enemies are not resting, not waiting for favorable conditions, not waiting on others to act first. They have demonstrated the capability and willingness to plan for long periods before attacking. Do we have any reason to think that they have stopped? Nope.
International law-enforcement authorities combating terrorism have growing concerns about a major influx into the Latin American nation of Paraguay of Arabic-speaking visitors carrying European passports.
So we're not doing anything. Wait, what the hell is this???
That dog won't hunt!
UPDATE:: From Miguel Gonzales at the Desert Dispatch:
Bankers and employers actively catering to illegals are certainly not helping the situation!
VICTORVILLE -- National and local banks have found in their quest to attract more customers that catering to illegal immigrants can significantly increase traffic and business.
Thanks to Free Republic for original pointer.
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