Get ready for de­nials

The Covington News - - OPINION - WAL­TER E. WIL­LIAMS COLUM­NIST

Fox News cor­re­spon­dent Ger­aldo Rivera ac­cused Matt Drudge’s web­site of “the worst kind of jin­go­is­tic rhetoric ever” for car­ry­ing news sto­ries about the dan­gers of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. He said Drudge “is do­ing his best to stir up a civil war. I mean, shame on Matt Drudge.” Repub­li­can Rep. Todd Rokita and his In­di­ana del­e­ga­tion have been crit­i­cized for sug­gest­ing the pos­si­bil­ity that Latin Amer­i­can chil­dren pour­ing across our south­ern border are car­ry­ing deadly dis­eases. Some of them have al­ready been dis­cov­ered to be car­ry­ing lice and suf­fer­ing from dis­ease. We’ve yet to find out what kind of com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases they could spread to Amer­i­can chil­dren when schools across the coun­try are forced to ad­mit them.

Un­for­tu­nately, many peo­ple ap­proach our re­cent south­ern border prob­lem as a “hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis” and hint that con­gress­men who want to make se­cur­ing our border our No. 1 pri­or­ity are, as Pres­i­dent Barack Obama says, “mean.” Oth­ers who ar­gue for border se­cu­rity run the risk of be­ing dis­missed as racists. The Democrats are hop­ing that paint­ing the Repub­li­cans as mean racists will help them with the Latino vote in Novem­ber.

Se­cur­ing our border is not only an im­mi­gra­tion is­sue but, more im­por­tantly, a na­tional se­cu­rity is­sue. In­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ists know that our south­ern border is in­se­cure. They can sim­ply fly to a Latin Amer­i­can coun­try and then sneak across the border with deadly germ or chem­i­cal war­fare weapons and dirty bombs, which could be planted any­where.

Ac­cord­ing to Bre­it­bart, “a leaked in­tel­li­gence anal­y­sis from the Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion (CBP) re­veals the ex­act num­bers of il­le­gal im­mi­grants en­ter­ing and at­tempt­ing to en­ter the U.S. from more than 75 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.” It re­ports that 28 “in­di­vid­u­als from Pak­istan were caught at­tempt­ing to sneak into the U.S. this year alone, with another 211 in­di­vid­u­als ei­ther turn­ing them­selves in or be­ing caught at of­fi­cial ports of en­try.” Texas Gov. Rick Perry says that the num­ber of ap­pre­hended il­le­gal aliens who come from coun­tries with “sub­stan­tial ter­ror­ist ties” is at a record high, coun­tries such as Ye­men, So­ma­lia and Saudi Ara­bia. On top of this, in­di­vid­u­als from na­tions cur­rently suf­fer­ing from the world’s largest Ebola out­break have been caught at­tempt­ing to sneak into the U.S.

Deroy Mur­dock’s ar­ti­cle ti­tled “The South­ern Border: Our Wel­come Mat for Ter­ror­ists,” for Na­tional Re­view On­line (April 25, 2013), re­ports that “So­ma­lia’s Ahmed Muhammed Dhakane told au­thor­i­ties in 2011 that he earned up to $75,000 per day smug­gling East Africans into Amer­ica. His clients in­cluded three al-Shabaab ter­ror­ists. As the House re­port states: ‘Dhakane cau­tioned that each of these in­di­vid­u­als is ready to die for their cause and would fight against the United States if the ji­had moved from over­seas to the U.S. main­land.’” Many Syr­i­ans and Ira­ni­ans have been caught mak­ing il­le­gal en­try. Both Syria and Iran are sup­port­ers of Hezbol­lah, have chem­i­cal weapons and ma­te­ri­als for dirty bombs, and hate “the Great Satan.”

Mur­dock makes ref­er­ence to the House Home­land Se­cu­rity Sub­com­mit­tee on Over­sight and Man­age­ment Ef­fi­ciency study ti­tled “A Line in the Sand: Coun­ter­ing Crime, Vi­o­lence and Ter­ror at the South­west Border.” It ex­plained that be­tween Septem­ber 2001 and Septem­ber 2012, there were 59 home­grown vio- lent ji­hadi plots within the United States. The study said that the more vi­o­lent threat to Amer­i­cans is the abil­ity of Is­lamist ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions, re­sult­ing from their grow­ing pres­ence in the Western Hemi­sphere, to ex­ploit our por­ous south­west­ern border and en­ter the United States un­de­tected.

Here are some ques­tions that should be of con­cern to ev­ery Amer­i­can: Can the U.S. Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion as­sure Amer­i­cans that it has ar­rested ev­ery ter­ror­ist at­tempt­ing to make il­le­gal en­try to our coun­try? Can it as­sure us that there are no ter­ror­ist cells op­er­at­ing in our coun­try and await­ing word from our en­e­mies to at­tack us? There’s another ques­tion that’s just as im­por­tant: If there is a ter­ror­ist at­tack through our south­ern border, will Amer­i­cans al­low Pres­i­dent Obama, con­gres­sional Democrats, the news me­dia and pro­gres­sives and lib­er­als to deny that their weak border se­cu­rity pol­icy was re­spon­si­ble?

Wal­ter E. Wil­liams is a pro­fes­sor of eco­nom­ics at Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity. To find out more about Wal­ter E. Wil­liams and read fea­tures by other Cre­ators Syn­di­cate writ­ers and car­toon­ists, visit the Cre­ators Syn­di­cate Web page at www.cre­ators.com.

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