AND this week`s award for craven
enemy of homeland defense goes to…New York`s Mayor
Bloomberg`s cowardly capitulation
is no surprise. Barely two months after 9/11, he
broadcast his commitment to preserve the Big Apple
as a formal safe haven for illegal aliens. "People
who are undocumented do not have to worry about city
government going to the federal government,"
Now, under the
freshly-signed Executive Order 41, a person`s
immigration status is "confidential information" that
"no city officer or employee shall disclose unless
[the suspect is] engaging in illegal activity or is involved in potential terrorist activity."
The amended policy adds this
"don`t tell" provision to the original "don`t ask"
directive first enacted by Mayor Ed Koch in 1989.
Visa overstayers, illegal border
crossers, illegal ship-jumpers and other
immigration-law-breakers have nothing to fear when they
show up to collect
city welfare benefits, obtain
marriage licenses, get
medical treatment or pay parking tickets. These
outlaws are not, by Bloomberg`s definition, "engaging
in illegal activity"—so alert clerks, suspicious
savvy street cops will just have to shut their traps
when they suspect they are dealing with illegal aliens.
The New York Times
hailed Bloomberg`s move as widening "privacy
rights for immigrants." It is, in truth, a Terrorist
and Criminal Illegal Alien Safe Haven Act.
Remember: More than half of the 48
Islamic radicals convicted or tied to recent terrorist
plots in the United States over the past decade either
were themselves illegal aliens or relied on illegals to
get fake IDs. Illegals participated in
the first attack on the World Trade Center, the
Los Angeles Millennium bombing plot and the
New York subway bombing conspiracy. Three of the
9/11 hijackers were here illegally; two had previous
Many of these operatives who were
here in violation of our immigration laws were not under
investigation for terrorism at the time they hatched and
carried out their plots. Several, such as visa violators
Mohamed Atta and
Hani Hanjour, had been pulled over by police for
speeding and set free.
If an NYPD cop were to stop the
next Atta or Hanjour on the street today, he would be
prohibited from asking about their immigration
status—and prevented from turning them over to the feds
for detention and deportation.
Attorney General John Ashcroft has
stressed the need to use every available tool to
combat foreign terrorists on U.S. soil. He has likened
his strategy to the one Attorney General Robert F.
Kennedy used to bust organized crime: arresting
terrorist suspects if they so much as spit on the
questioning, and deporting illegal aliens from
terror-friendly nations is critical to an effective
homeland defense. But vigorous interior enforcement
of immigration laws is impossible if city officials in
major terrorist targets—read: New York City—refuse to
The dangerous public-safety impact
of Bloomberg`s new order reaches beyond terrorism.
Illegals, some with long criminal records, were the
alleged perps in the savage gang-rape of a
Queens mother in
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park last December. But for
the city`s sanctuary policy, some of the accused might
have been turned over to
federal immigration authorities for deportation
before the rape occurred.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
here for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click
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