The ‘Secure Our Border First Act’ Deception » Why it’s no solution to the immigration crisis.
Although there is evidence that some land and sea border entries (of terrorists) without inspection occurred, these (terrorist) conspirators mainly subverted the legal entry system by entering at airports.4
In doing so, they relied on a wide variety of fraudulent documents, on aliases, and on government corruption. Because terrorist operations were not suicide missions in the early to mid-1990s, once in the United States terrorists and their supporters tried to get legal immigration status that would permit them to remain here, primarily by committing serial, or repeated, immigration fraud, by claiming political asylum, and by marrying Americans. Many of these tactics would remain largely unchanged and undetected throughout the 1990s and up to the 9/11 attack.
Thus, abuse of the immigration system and a lack of interior immigration enforcement were unwittingly working together to support terrorist activity. It would remain largely unknown, since no agency of the United States government analyzed terrorist travel patterns until after 9/11. This lack of attention meant that critical opportunities to disrupt terrorist travel and, therefore, deadly terrorist operations were missed.
On May 20, 2014 the Wall Street Journal published a report that shows that Denham has company in his quest for political gain at the expense of national security:
Fortunately that wrong-headed bill failed, but what message did it send to aspiring illegal aliens around the world- including to terrorists probing for the proverbial “soft underbelly”- vulnerabilities that they could exploit? What message did this send to politicians around the country?
To cut to the chase, Denham and those who support the sort of dangerous legislation he concocted and subsequently promoted need to read page 68 of the 9/11 Commission Report. Here is the paragraph they need to pay particular attention to:
The Embassy Bombing- (Page 68 of the 9/11 Commission Report):
As early as December 1993, a team of al Qaeda operatives had begun casing targets in Nairobi for future attacks. It was led by Ali Mohamed, a former Egyptian army officer who had moved to the United States in the mid-1980s, enlisted in the U.S.Army, and became an instructor at Fort Bragg. He had provided guidance and training to extremists at the Farouq mosque in Brooklyn, including some who were subsequently convicted in the February 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. The casing team also included a computer expert whose write-ups were reviewed by al Qaeda leaders.
It is not just this one case, think about the Fort Hood shooting carried out by Major Nidal Hasan. Consider the consequences of having our military and law enforcement officials train the elite members of Mexican law enforcement agencies and the Mexican military to attempt to have them assist in combatting the drug cartels in Mexico only to watch these individuals form their own cartel- arguably the most pernicious and violent of all of the cartels in Mexico known as “Los Zetas.”
On October 21, 2011 ABC News posted this report:
Here is an important excerpt from that report:
While FBI and law enforcement officials do not have estimates on the number of gang members in the military officials have seen gangs in 100 jurisdictions in the U.S. and overseas with 53 different gangs who are in every branch of the military.
“Gang recruitment of active duty military personnel constitutes a significant criminal threat to the U.S. military,” the threat assessment noted. “NGIC [National Gang Intelligence Center] reporting indicates that law enforcement officials in at least 100 jurisdictions have come into contact with, detained, or arrested an active duty or former military gang member within the past three years.”
To find additional information about gangs check out this FBI report:
While certainly not all gang members are aliens, many thousands of gang members are indeed citizens of other countries including Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and other countries.
As an INS agent, in the late 1970’s, I worked closely with the NYPD, ATF and ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence)- currently known as NIS (Naval Investigative Service) to track down and arrest aliens, predominantly from the Caribbean, who had used false ID to enter the U.S. Marine Corps to acquire tactical training and firearms training with high-powered weapons. Their goal was to use that traininig and weapons they stole, to carry out a series of extremely violent, commando-style bank robberies in the New York City area. We literally followed a trail of blood and bodies.
It is vital that anyone who undergoes tactical military training and who is given access to our military bases be well screened.
It is important to also note that it is a felony for an illegal alien to possess firearms or ammunition.
Representative Jeff Denham and Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner were willing to ignore all of the foregoing, even as new concerns were being raised about Americans who may head off to war in Syria and what they may do when they ultimately return to the United States.
When illegal aliens evade the inspections process they are disingenuously referred to as being undocumented. In point of fact, they are un-inspected. When I was an INS agent the term used by the INS to describe aliens who entered the United States covertly was EWI (Entry Without Inspection).
Aliens who enter without inspection obviously have something to conceal. Perhaps it is a criminal history or an affiliation with a terrorist organization. There is no record of their entry and there is no easy way to determine who they truly are- that is, after all what undocumented means- they lack official identity documents. Therefore there is no easy way to determine their true country of citizenship let alone their true names.
The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel detailed 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.”
It is significant to note that the Seasonal Agricultural Program, also known as the Special Agricultural Program (SAW) were major components of the 1986 Amnesty at that New York’s then Congressman Chuck Schumer was one of that program’s major architects even though there were absolutely no farms in his congressional district when he concocted it.
This paragraph is found on page 98 of the report, 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.”
“The Social Contract” published my article in its Summer, 2013 edition, on how fraud in the political asylum program currently enables our enemies to see in America’s compassion, weakness. The title of my article was:
On November 30, 2013 CAPS posted my commentary:
My article was predicated on a hard-hitting report posted by ABC News on November 20, 2013:
The DHS is reported to have released 30,558 aliens who had criminal histories in fiscal year 2014….