The State of Our Borders 2008
If you think the
"solved" America`s immigration problems, welcome to
your end-of-the-year reality check. It`s certainly true
illegal crossings from the south are down and that
many foreign workers are returning to their native lands
as work dries up. But border chaos,
haphazard enforcement, massive
deportation negligence remain the order of the day.
A half-million citizenship
applications have been pending for more than nine
months. Some 700,000 illegal alien absconders—fugitives
from deportation like Barack Obama`s aunt
Zeituni Onyango—are free. An estimated 4-5 million
visa overstayers from around the world
remain in the country. Both Big Business and
left-wing ethnic groups have colluded to prevent an
employer verification program for workers` citizenship
status from getting implemented nationwide. And the
borders are still largely borders in name only.
In June, the White House pushed
through a $1.6-billion border security spending plan …
for Mexico and Central America. While our own border
fence remains incomplete, taxpayers shelled out for
helicopters, surveillance equipment, computer
infrastructure, expansion of intelligence databases,
anti-corruption initiatives, human rights education and
training, and anti-money laundering programs for our
southern neighbors. So, how`s the so-called
Merida Initiative working out?
As terrorized citizens of Mexico
will tell you, all hell has broken loose. Corrupt police
officials and narco-insurgents have left a
horrific trail of
beheaded and bullet-ridden bodies in their wake on
both sides of the border.
Mexican Army incursions into
U.S. territory are a regular occurrence. In
opened fire and threw a grenade at the U.S.
consulate this fall. A top Mexican immigration official
arrested in October carrying about 77 kilos of pot
in Arizona. On a single weekend in Tijuana, 40 people
were murdered, including
nine victims who were decapitated. Two weeks ago,
famed American anti-kidnapping negotiator
Felix Batista disappeared from the
northern industrial city of
Saltillo iin Coahuila state. No word on his
The apocalyptic conditions have
prompted some Mexican lawmakers to revisit the
country`s ban on capital punishment. That`s right.
Members of the same foreign government that took America
to court over our death penalty laws—and tried to block
the state of Texas from executing
alien Death Row murderers—are now open to the idea
of imposing the death penalty on the thugs on their own
soil. And after years of
vehement protests against the United States for its
meager attempts at immigration enforcement, Mexico is
cracking down hard on illegal Cuban immigrants caught
trying to enter the country from the south. They forged
an agreement with Cuba to immediately send back illegal
aliens—none of that
worker" mushiness for them—and punish human
Such lawlessness, Mexico has
apparently realized, is a grave threat to its people.
Without order, there can be no peace. And chaos, as I`ve
endlessly since September 11, is an invitation for
those with far more nefarious intentions. Perhaps this
Mexico slapped a 60-year prison term on a human smuggler
who helped some 200 illegal aliens cross into the United
States from Mexico—including
Hezbollah supporters. In a little-noticed
announcement this month, Mexican prosecutors reported
the stiff sentence against Salim Boughader Mucharrafille,
of Lebanese descent who operated a cafe in Tijuana
and smuggled terrorist sympathizers into San Diego.
Mucharrafille`s accomplice was Imelda Ortiz Abdala, a
Mexican foreign service official who helmed the Mexican
illegal alien demonstrations ensued following the
sentencing. No cries of racism and xenophobia clouded
the news. No demands for amnesty and open borders arose.
One hopes the
administration can learn from our neighbors to the south the hard
lesson Washington has abandoned since
9/11: Immigration control is a
national security issue. Blood-stained reality
clarifies the mind.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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