AMERICA'S POROUS BORDERS & ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION:
THE U.S.A. HAS ALREADY BEEN INVADED
By Alan Caruba
Doubled! In the most densely populated State in the nation, the number of ILLEGAL immigrants had gone from 95,000 to 221,000 between 1990 and 2000. The Immigra- tion and Naturalization Service provided the statistics. The INS noted that, during the same decade, the numbers nationwide went from 2.5 million to 7 million ILLEGAL immigrants.
While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is busy raising and lowering the threat levels to and from yellow to orange and back again, the reality of life in Amer- ica is that we have seven million ILLEGAL immigrants, 69% of whom are Mexicans. Behind them, the flow of others entering illegally includes El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Honduras, Ecuador, and China.
The INS and the 2000 Census estimate that, every year, 350,000 ILLEGAL immi- grants enter the United States. California alone has more the 2.2 million (about 32 percent of the U.S. total) residing in that state. Texas has over a million.
Each and every one of them is breaking the law and should be deported. Instead, countless other laws offer them protection. If caught, most do not show up in court and most cannot be found. In the decade between 1990 and 2000, 200,000 ILLEGAL immigrants were given LEGAL status!
I suggest that what this nation needs are jobs for our native-born Americans and for the eight million persons comprising America's legal immigrant population. What we don't need are seven million ILLEGAL immigrants who all need schooling for their children, hospitalization for illness or injuries, and a variety of social services that include welfare, plus the criminal element among them who put demands on law en- forcement authorities. All of this is paid for by American taxpayers.
Every single day, the United States of America is invaded along its border to the north with Canada and its border to the south with Mexico. For those using the immi- gration system, until 9-11, anyone could declare themself a tourist, arrive, and disap- pear into the nation. In 2002, the National Security Entry-Exist Registration System (NSEERS), activated in 2001, had stopped 330 known foreign criminals and three known terrorists at various official ports of entry.
In January, however, U.S. Senator Teddy Kennedy (Democrat, MA) slipped a provi- sion into the U.S. Senate's omnibus appropriations bill that would have cut off funding to the system! Michelle Malkin, an expert on immigration issues, noted that "not a single illegal alien has actually been kicked out yet as the result of being caught through NSEERS." It need hardly be stated that allowing criminals and/or terrorists into the U.S.A. is a very bad idea. In reality, as of December, 2001, more than 314,000 illegal aliens at large in the nation were under orders to be deported. Finding them is the problem. Last year, the INS managed to find and remove 70,000 criminal aliens. In the first six months of this year, 36,000 have been deported. That's a lot of criminals!
How many of the illegal aliens wandering around in the country are, in fact, terrorists is anyone's guess. Under the new Homeland Security Department, immigration en- forcement functions have been separated from immigration service functions. At this point, hoping the INS is going to get the job done is a fool's dream.
This nation is not effectively patrolling its borders. Last month, 19 illegal immigrants died. They had been packed into a truck with dozens of others. One of them was only five years old. Trucks coming in from Mexico yesterday, today, and tomorrow hold more ILLEGAL immigrants. They are pouring across our southern border.
And here's the really bad news, the Mexican immigrants call America's southwestern states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and Texas "Aztlan." This is the territory ceded to the U.S.A. by Mexico as part of the Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo in 1849. The Mexicans want it back!
Mexico has launched an effort to reclaim these states of the American Southwest and to lay siege to the rest of our nation by encouraging as many Mexicans as possible to come here either legally or illegally, mostly the latter. Mexicans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, are now the largest minority group in the U.S.A., numbering at least 37 million. So, we not only have a national security issue involving Islamic ter- rorists, we have an entire nation to the south of us bent on taking over the U.S.A. by sheer force of numbers.
To the north, Canada's immigration laws are a bad joke, admitting into Canada vir- tually anyone for any reason. It's just a drive across a bridge or down a highway to get into the U.S.A.
America is a point of destination for every illegal immigrant who believes, with good reason, that if he can get in, he will ultimately be granted amnesty and, if he is caught, he can easily move to avoid deportation. And he is right.
The United States has to shut its borders for awhile. It should consider stationing troops along our southern border to deter a massive invasion. We have troops in Af- ghanistan, in Iraq and in Kuwait, and, for over fifty years, we've had them in Europe and South Korea. We need them here in the U.S.A.! In his State of the Union speech, President Bush devoted exactly eleven words to this problem, saying: "We have intensified security at the borders and ports of entry."
President Ronald Reagan said, "A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation." By that definition, the U.S.A., right now, is not a nation. We need to put the breaks on this massive invasion of the U.S.A. by illegal aliens. If the invasion is allowed to continue, there will be so many illegal "citizens" the map of the United States may be re-drawn because we weren't paying attention.
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, Communications Director of the American Policy Center, and Founder of the Na- tional Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center (www.anxietycenter.com). He is the author of A POCKET GUIDE TO MILITANT ISLAM and THE UNITED NATIONS VS. THE UNITED STATES, both available from the National Anxiety Center, 9 Brook- side Road, Maplewood, New Jersey, 07040.
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