Our Busted Deportation System Strikes Again

Wouldn`t it be grand if the Obama
administration cared

more about policing our borders
than about policing
our refrigerators? How about fixing our deportation
system instead of fixing our junk-food diets?

First Lady Michelle Obama

argued this week
that obesity is a
issue. But her husband allows far greater
threats to go unabated. The FBI`s arrests of two

Boston-area men
tied to the

Times Square bombing attempt
—both held on
immigration violations—underscore the continuing
homeland security lapses.

FBI and Immigration and Customs
Enforcement agents say two men of Pakistani descent were
taken into custody during a series of New England-, New
York- and New Jersey-based raids on Thursday. Federal
officials believe the individuals may have provided cash
to Times Square bomb plotter

Faisal Shahzad.
One was here on an expired visa. The
other was on the loose while an immigration court
adjudicated his deportation and removal order. He had
reportedly been

ordered deported in 2002,
yet managed to

embed himself in American society
for more than
seven years. But for the ability to

potential illegal aliens on
charges, the men most likely would have remained free.

(How convenient that the White
House can choose to enforce immigration laws in the
interest of public safety and then threaten to

sue Arizona
for stepping in and doing the same when
the feds refuse to enforce those laws consistently.)

Failure to crack down on visa

and failure to stop the

deportation revolving door
are two key

security vulnerabilities
that lawmakers vowed to
address after 9/11.

There are currently more than 2
million illegal alien visa overstayers in the country,
along with an estimated 500,000 illegal alien absconders
who have ignored orders from immigration judges to leave
the country. Voluntary departure policies—granting
illegal aliens the privilege of deporting themselves on
an honor system—have allowed countless law-breakers to
remain in the country. There are federal laws mandating
up to 20 years in jail for those who re-enter the U.S.
illegally after being deported, but the provisions are
enforced sporadically.

The endless immigration litigation
system lets known deportation fugitives stay in the
country pending endless appeals (just ask President
Obama`s illegal alien absconder aunt

Zeituni Onyango
, whose 2002 asylum request was
rejected and yet who

remains here in taxpayer-subsidized public housing

while awaiting the outcome of a second immigration

Just two months ago, the Department
of Homeland Security Inspector General Richard Skinner
reported on lingering obstacles to enforcement and
deportation of visa overstayers and absconders,
including insufficient detention capacity; limitations
of its immigration database; and insufficient staffing.

"While most
visitors leave by the time their visas expire, many
thousands remain in the United States illegally,"

Skinner testified before Congress.
perpetuate the illegal immigration problem by using the
visa process to break the law to remain in the United
States. Moreover, some overstays represent a very real
national security risk to the nation."
Of Richard L. Skinner, Inspector General U.S. Department
Of Homeland Security


Indeed, they do. The Nationwide
Visa Overstayers Club includes dozens of jihadists,
including 9/11 hijackers
, Marwan al-Shehhi, Hani Hanjour, Nawaf al-Hazmi
and Satam al-Suqami; 1997 New York
Lafi Khalil; 1993

World Trade Center bombers
Mahmud and Mohammed
Mohammed Salameh and Eyad Ismoil; and
1993 New York landmark bombing and

conspirator Fadil Abdelgani

Before 9/11, no comprehensive
foreign visitor
entry-exit tracking system
existed. Open-borders
lobbyists, the travel industry, civil rights absolutists
and ethnic grievance groups have lobbied hard ever since
to stall full implementation of coordinated databases.

The rallying cries of the May Day
illegal alien marches this month implored President
Obama to

"Stop the raids!"
and "Stop the
While their underlings launch
select counterterrorism and immigration raids to track
down the global network of
"lone wolves,"
Attorney General

Eric Holder
and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano have
been all too happy to threaten punitive measures against
local and state officials who understand that reckless

immigration enforcement moratoriums
carry grave
domestic security consequences.

Last time I checked, the
government`s fundamental duty
provide for the common defense"
did not include
the qualifier
"when it`s politically expedient."
"as long as
special-interest feelings are not hurt."
"only after
catastrophic security breaches force us to do so."

Which version of the

U.S. Constitution
is Team Obama reading?



Michelle Malkin

is the author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our


for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click


for Michelle Malkin`s website. Michelle Malkin
is also author of

Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild

and the just-released
Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies.