J`Accuse! – The Open Borders Lobby Are To Blame For Terrorism

The 19
hijackers who seized American airplanes last week and
flew them into history`s biggest and bloodiest terrorist
attack slipped across U.S. borders easily enough. The
FBI`s

detention
of some 75 others —some suspects, some
only "material witnesses"—suggests that what may turn
out to be a mammoth underground network of foreign
terrorists, supporters, and collaborators may already
exist in this country.

For that
network, the ease with which the terrorists entered, and
the bloodshed they have already perpetrated and may
perpetrate in the future, the American people have to
thank the

open borders lobby
politicians
who push for more immigration and fewer restrictions on
entry,

ideologues
who insist that national borders and
identities are obsolete, and

Big Business
, which demands a never ending flow of

cheap labor
, at the expense of American workers and
the security of its own country.

The FBI
reports that at least 15 of the

19 hijackers
entered the United States on business
or tourist visas. Their entry might have been halted had
a

computerized screening system
of border crossers
been in operation. Under that system, foreign criminals,
terrorists and violators of visa laws would have been
instantly detected. The system was mandated by Congress
after suspected Palestinian terrorists, who had been
issued visas without background checks, were

arrested
in New York in 1996 with bomb making
equipment.

But the
system wasn`t in operation. Because of action by one of
the chief open borders advocates, former Sen. (now
Energy Secretary)

Spencer Abraham
, the screening system was never
established. Mr. Abraham, a fervent advocate of
virtually unrestricted immigration, claimed it would
cause traffic congestion at the Mexican border!

"I`m
pleased that the budget negotiators agreed with us that
we cannot allow our border to be turned into one big
parking lot," Mr. Abraham, then the chairman of the
Senate immigration subcommittee, said

at the time
in 1998. Had the screening system been
in place, some or all of the terrorists might have been
nabbed, and information on them might have led to the
others. Some 5,000 Americans or more might still be
alive today. You can thank Mr. Abraham and his cronies
that they`re not.

Other
terrorists seem to have entered on visas that were legal
enough but to have overstayed them after the visas
expired. Virtually nothing is done today to apprehend or
control aliens whose visas have expired; they constitute
a vast subterranean subculture within American society.
In addition, the names of two of the hijackers really
were on a terrorist watch list but were not placed on it
until after they had entered the country.

As for the borders themselves,
both the Mexican and Canadian borders were closed
immediately after the attacks last week—perhaps the
greatest case of locking the barn door after the horse
escapes in history. Of course, both the Mexican
government and many open borders ideologues have long
claimed the borders can`t be shut, that they`re just too
long and too many people cross over. The closing of both
of them again exposes the lies on which the open borders
claims are based.



Rep. George Gekas,
now chairman of the House
immigration subcommittee, says we should and will have
"more enforcement of the existing [immigration] laws
[and] tightening of our borders." That`s swell, but he
also tells us that of course that doesn`t mean we can`t
have amnesty. He

told
the Washington Post he saw no reason to
drop from the House agenda a bill that would allow
illegal aliens with family or business sponsors here to
apply for permanent residency.

Well, of
course not; dumping

amnesty
might interfere with business as usual. All
week long Americans have been told that we must now, in
the wake of the terrorist attacks, expect to enjoy less
liberty, to be

prepared
to cut back on our constitutional rights,
to place the needs for security over the luxury of
personal freedom. But immigration and the "rights" of
immigrants, including those who broke our laws to get
here, can`t be touched, and no one questions the
unchecked flood of immigrants into the country.

In
effect, the national emergency in the aftermath of the
terrorist attacks is actually inducing a kind of
redefinition of the national identity itself.

Constitutional rights
are suddenly

expendable
, but immigration,

"diversity,"
the "right"
to enter and remain in the country are untouchable.

There`s
no doubt the mass immigration permitted and encouraged
by ideologues and special interests for 30 years and the
uncontrolled borders that go with it played a major role
in allowing terrorists to enter this country and wreak
mass murder. When the American people start demanding an
accounting of who among us allowed terrorism to blossom
here, those who demanded open borders at the expense of
our workers, our culture, and our physical safety will
be foremost in the dock.

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SYNDICATE, INC.

September 20,
2001