One Year Later, Mass Immigration a Bigger Threat than Ever

For all the banalities visited
upon us on the occasion of the

first anniversary
of the

on the World Trade Center, virtually no
commentator has bothered to mention the most obvious
loophole of all in the vast slice of bureaucratic Swiss
cheese that constitutes the federal government`s
capacity to protect the safety of its citizens and the
security of the country. We have had war and promises of
more war, crackdowns on domestic terrorists and

of thousands of

unusual suspects.
 But mass immigration, like Old Man
River, just keeps rolling along.

The Federation for American
Immigration Reform (FAIR),
the main watchdog in Washington that barks about the
immigration issue, this week released a

that awarded the federal leviathan the grade
of "D" for its performance in immigration control.
"While some progress has been made," the report
concluded, "much of it has been spotty and haphazard,
and many of the improvements won`t be fully implemented
for years." FAIR was mainly talking about essentially
administrative and enforcement procedures intended to
keep out



immigrants. For obvious reasons, that has been
a bit of a priority in the last year.

But the main problem of
immigration is its sheer massiveness. This year, for the
first time, more than one million immigrants actually

became citizens
, and there are millions more where
they came from. More than 30 million immigrants have
come to this country since 1970, accounting for about 70
percent of the population increase in those years. Then
there are the illegal immigrants, whose numbers no one
can count but whom various authorities are perennially
surprised to find are considerably more than anyone had
previously estimated. At last estimate, the number of
illegals stood at 9 to 11 million "or higher," as the
Washington Post
reported last year.

The main way to deal with the
massiveness of immigration is to reduce the numbers,
which the government has not even tried to do in the
last year. Leaving aside other issues such as whether
immigrants assimilate, help or harm the economy,
displace Americans from jobs, etc., the main problem for
national security the immigrants represent lies in their
numbers. With 9 to 11 million or more

illegal aliens
already here and 30 million legal
aliens entering over the last generation, it`s
impossible to keep track of which ones are dangerous or
how dangerous they are. That`s why we keep reading about
the FBI or other agencies busting terrorist suspects

hither and yon
— in some cases perfectly legal
aliens or even

— whose presence and character no one knew
about before.


Center for Immigration Studies
in Washington
recently released a

background study
by its research director, Steven A.
Camarota, that found, based on 2000 Census Bureau
figures, that Middle Eastern immigrants to this country
during the last 30 years have numbered about 1.5
million, of whom about 10 percent are here illegally.
Middle Easterners — nowadays considered, perhaps
unfairly, as the most suspect of the immigrant groups —
have increased more than twice as fast as immigrants as
a whole. In 1970, most Middle Eastern immigrants (85
percent) were

; today, 73 percent are Muslims.

A good many are also, no doubt,
what is currently termed


Muslim radicals
or just plain

. Some are undoubtedly members or associates
of Al Qaeda or similar terrorist groups and networks;
others are probably just sympathetic to such groups and
their causes, and not a few are willing to help them out
to some degree, ranging from legal propaganda work to
full-scale support for terrorist attacks.

But don`t imagine that

are the only immigrants who might endanger
the country. In Northern Virginia, a band of happy
warriors known as the "MS-13 gang" hailing from El
Salvador practices the hobby of killing police officers
at random. In August, the Washington Times

, the gang sent some 20 members from
California to Fairfax County to pick out a county cop at
random and murder him. MS-13 has connections with the
old sod in El Salvador as well as a

nationwide organization
in this country. A

from the Orange County (California) district
attorney`s office says MS-13 "has been responsible for
the execution of three federal agents and numerous
shootings of law enforcement officers across the

are still terrorists in Afghanistan (as the

attempt to assassinate President Karzai
last week
shows), as well as American troops to fight them. There
may or may not be any terrorists in Iraq, but American
troops will probably be fighting Iraqis in the near
future. None of that accomplishes anything toward ending
the real terrorist threat to this country that exists
today, which comes almost entirely from the mass
immigration that our government has allowed and refuses

reduce or control
. Until it does,

terrorism for Americans
will remain as real as it
was one year ago this week.


September 12, 2002