What will it take to fix our bor­ders?

The Covington News - - Opinion - Dick Yar­brough Colum­nist Reach Dick Yar­brough at yarb2400@bell­south.net or P.O. Box 725373, At­lanta, GA 31139.

Our govern­ment winks at il­le­gal im­mi­grants be­cause they are sources of cheap la­bor and may even vote one day if the spirit ever moves them to ap­ply for cit­i­zen­ship.

The next time the il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion ad­vo­cates start whin­ing about the poor Mex­i­can work­ers com­ing into the United States to “do jobs we won’t do” and to “make a bet­ter life for their fam­i­lies,” please in­form them that the por­ous bor­ders be­tween law­less Mex­ico and the U. S. are also let­ting in drugs at a scale al­most be­yond de­scrip­tion and that At­lanta is a ma­jor dis­tri­bu­tion hub for the hom­bres.

I talked to Justin Farmer, the an­chor at WSB-TV in At­lanta about the sit­u­a­tion there. Farmer, along with Brad Stone, the sta­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive spe­cials pro­ducer and cam­era­man Os­car Car­rillo re­turned re­cently from their sec­ond trip to the Ari­zona-Mex­ico border to see first-hand what is hap­pen­ing there.

What they saw and re­ported is chill­ing.

As bad as the drug is­sue is, the Mex­i­can drug trade is sec­ondary to the threat to our na­tional se­cu­rity. The Mex­i­can drug lords are smug­gling ter­ror­ists here, too.

When Farmer and crew vis­ited a fed­eral de­ten­tion cen­ter near Tuc­son, he re­quested a list of cur­rent de­tainees, in­clud­ing their nation of ori­gin. The list con­tained the usual sus- pects from Mex­ico and sur­round­ing ar­eas. But there were also some 30 or so names on the list from such places as Afghanistan, Ye­men, Iraq, Iran, Su­dan and Pak­istan.

“I was stunned,” he says.

What are so many bad guys do­ing in a de­ten­tion cen­ter in Tuc­son? And just how many of them have we missed that are al­ready in the U.S. and plot­ting the next 9/11?

Dig­ging deeper, Farmer found doc­u­ments filed in fed­eral court in San An­to­nio that shows a fed­eral in­dict­ment against a known ter­ror­ist sus­pect for al­legedly smug­gling hun­dreds of peo­ple into the U.S from Brazil through Mex­ico, in­clud­ing So­ma­lis from the ter­ror­ist group Al Shabob, which has par­tic­i­pated in ter­ror­ist attacks and sui­cide bomb­ings world­wide. It is thought that at least 300 of those So­ma­lis may still be run­ning loose in the U.S.

Ex­port­ing ter­ror­ists is a lu­cra­tive busi­ness for the Mex­i­can drug trade, Farmer says. Ter­ror­ists come into Mex­ico with plenty of money and you can use the same routes whether you are smug­gling in co­caine, a chicken plucker or a cuckoo from the Mid­dle East.

Texas Repub­li­can Con­gress­man Mike McCaul told him, “The minute an­other Sept. 11 hap­pens and we find out that they came across the Mex­ico-US border — un­for­tu­nately that may be what it takes to get peo­ple’s at­ten­tion to the is­sue.”

Of course, the fed­eral govern­ment seems un­will­ing to do any­thing about the sit­u­a­tion ex­cept lick the boots of the il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion crowd.

The Home­land Se­cu­rity Depart­ment listed among its goals in a re­cent Govern­ment Ac­count­ing Of­fice re­port to “de­tect and ap­pre­hend 30 per­cent of the ma­jor il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity and crim­i­nals at ports of en­try.” Let’s see, that means the other 70 per­cent can ex­pect to walk right in. Ter­rific.

Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Janet Napoli­tano also told CNN in an in­ter­view that, “cross­ing the border is not a crime per se. It is civil.” Ex­cuse me, but even Sheila the Fam­ily Wonderdog knows that Ti­tle 1325 of the U.S. code says clearly that those who en­ter the coun­try il­le­gally are com­mit­ting a crime pun­ish­able by up to six months in jail and a fine.

Our govern­ment winks at il­le­gal im­mi­grants be­cause they are sources of cheap la­bor and may even vote one day if the spirit ever moves them to ap­ply for cit­i­zen­ship. But as they pour across our bor­ders, so do peo­ple with the in­ten­tion of do­ing us great harm.

Farmer has done a ter­rific re­port­ing job on an is­sue that is not get­ting enough de­bate in the coun­try. We have a ma­jor se­cu­rity prob­lem on our bor­ders. In­ci­den­tally, since his re­ports the fed­eral govern­ment has be­come even less will­ing to dis­cuss what is be­ing done to keep us safe from the bad guys com­ing in from Mex­ico. This much I do know. The feds couldn’t catch Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph. It took a rookie po­lice­man in North Carolina who saw Rudolph in a garbage dump seven years later. Why do we think they can stop a group of ter­ror­ists from com­ing into our coun­try dis­guised as il­le­gal im­mi­grants?

Write this down: Noth­ing will be done to solve the prob­lem of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion un­til we ex­pe­ri­ence an­other ter­ror­ist at­tack on the scale of 9/11. If this doesn’t scare the hell out of you, then con­tinue to stick your head firmly in the sand, un­til some ter­ror­ist blows it off.

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