Secure the border before more of this happens

Byline: | Category: Uncategorized | Posted at: Tuesday, 27 November 2007

If the illegal immigration issue were on a scale, with 1 being the Wall Street Journal’s position and 10 being Tom Tancredo, I would probably be a 2 or 3.

Whether or not the ATM asks me if I want to converse in English or Spanish alarms me not at all–especially since a dozen years ago I was happy that German ATMs gave me the option to speak English to them. I also am not concerned too much about illegal immigrants feasting on taxpayer funded welfare services–my concerns there are a little more fundamental: why do we even have such lavish welfare services at all?

For me the immigration issue is first and foremost about national security. My immigration fears have revolved around plots involving Islamic terrorists who infiltrate Mexican drug gangs to launch attacks on soft American targets using military weapons smuggled across our porous border. Just such an event has apparently been recently thwarted.

60 Afghan and Iraqi terrorists were to be smuggled into the U.S. through underground tunnels with high-powered weapons to attack . . .

. . . each Middle Easterner paid Mexican drug lords $20,000 “or the equivalent in weapons” for the cartel’s assistance in smuggling them and their weapons through tunnels along the border into the U.S. The weapons would be sent through tunnels that supposedly ended in Arizona and New Mexico, but the Islamist terrorists would be smuggled through Laredo, Texas, and reclaim the weapons later.

I can’t understand why, post-911, we do not have a physical barrier on our nation’s 6,500 miles of border. What to do with the 11 million illegal immigrants already here is an issue that can be dealt with separately, but securing our nation’s border should have been done six years ago. Better late than never, it must be done now.

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