House Bill Fails Intelligence Test: Borders Still Unguarded
[Recently by Donald A. Collins:
Hooray, say the
illegal alien lobbyists and their happy hiring
corporate buddies, as the Congress again ignored our
security and the Rule of Law with the
National Intelligence Reform Act (NIRA), which
passed the House yesterday and will be soon signed
two things to remember, fellow citizens:
- This legislative
abortion gives none of the real protections required
and furthermore creates a potential condition for a
loss of freedom which will take us
ever closer to Orwell`s “1984".
- But it sure costs a
bundle of new money—namely yours!
TV morning shows such as NBC`s “Today” put two
911 survivor widows front and center talking about
how great our system worked, the hoodwinking of America
did we get in the way of security against terror?
Basically nothing. The 4000 illegal aliens who cross our
borders daily via Arizona and New Mexico will be joining
others, now more than 12 million here now with 3 million
more coming yearly, in getting
driver`s licenses and
Matricula Consular cards, making identification for
proper purposes such as government benefits much more
possible, while opening opportunities for the terrorists
among them to plot further heinous acts.
enthusiastically endorsed this legislation? Why, among
many who sold out, the same fella who broke the House`s
rules and then saw
those rules changed so he could stay in office,
Majority Leader, Tom Delay (R-Texas).
brave dissenting voices were simply drowned out in the
stampede. One of their leaders, House Judiciary
Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis.,
issued the following sensible statement:
pleased that the chain-of-command issues Chairman Duncan
Hunter has raised have been resolved so that our
war-fighters will not be put at risk. Unfortunately,
even with these improvements, the current bill is
woefully incomplete and one I cannot support.
"Americans deserve a complete bill so that we can
prevent another 9/11 from occurring. Border security and
immigration reform are vital components of our homeland
security efforts, so why are they not included in this
legislation? The time to address these issues is now,
not next month, not next year. Hollow promises of future
consideration are just that – hollow promises.
"Terrorists have exploited vulnerabilities in our asylum
system and in the issuance of driver`s licenses. This
bill fails to include the strong provisions in the House
bill because my Senate colleagues found them `too
controversial.` That`s unfortunate, because their
refusal to consider these security provisions on their
merits will keep Americans unnecessarily at risk.
two weeks ago that the Senate was hell- bent on ensuring
that illegal aliens can receive driver`s licenses,
regardless of the security concerns. This Sept. 10th
mentality in a post- Sept. 11th world is unwise and
among those I intend to rectify next year."
just add: the chances of “rectification” next
year are unpromising—unless Americans finally wake up
and demand that this bill be fixed.
unless (…until) there`s another terrorist attack.
vital concern about this legislation: its diminishing
freedoms further under the guise of improved
security against terrorism.
we likely have gotten a further bureaucracy headed by a
superperson (something the world hasn`t invented yet).
As the December 8, 2004 Washington Post report
quotes one observer,
they created a stronger, central, senior person in
charge? It is not clear to me that they have,` said
Winston P. Wiley, a former senior CIA official and
terrorism expert. `It`s not that budgets and personnel
are not important, but what`s really important is
directing, controlling and having access to the people
who do the work. They created a person who doesn`t have
Director`s Control Is a Concern,
By Dana Priest and Walter Pincus, December8, 2004
the place for this superperson isn`t functional.
line: Another chance to fix a broken system is gone.
Until we gain control of our borders by stopping the
employment of illegal aliens by our own businesses, we
simply won`t have fixed anything but our own sure
descent to 3rd-class nationhood and the
increased chance of massive terrorist attack.
good news: President Bush paid a high price for this
bill. In its wake, even CNN`s Judy Woodruff was
reporting that Bush now appears unlikely to get a
majority of House Republicans to support his
guest worker proposals.
Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.