The Year In Review: America`s Borders Still Open

2004 was a good year for terrorists, violent gang
members, law-breakers, and fraud artists seeking safe
haven in America.

 Let`s reminisce:

The rise of MS-13.
The savage

El Salvador
-based gang,

Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13),
has now penetrated more
than a dozen states. In May, a Fairfax, Va., teenager
had his fingers chopped off in an

MS-13 machete attack
. In November, Washington,
D.C.-area police received warning that

MS-13 is plotting to ambush and kill them
when they
respond to service calls. Active in alien, drug and
weapons smuggling, MS-13 members in America have been
tied to numerous killings, robberies,

, extortions, and rapes. The gang has
also been

to efforts to help al Qaeda infiltrate the
U.S.-Mexico border.

The path of least resistance. Border Patrol
officers and local investigative journalists in the
Southwest reported on increasing numbers of Middle
Eastern males entering illegally from Mexico. Muslim
prayer books and Arabic diaries were discovered on

"Terrorist Alley"
in southern Arizona. Suspected
al Qaeda operative

Adnan Shukrijumah,
a fugitive Saudi pilot who
reportedly met with MS-13 earlier this year, is believed
to be in Mexico.

In April, a suspected al Qaeda agent arrested in

Queens, N.Y.
, revealed a scheme to smuggle
terrorists across the U.S.-Mexico border. In July, two
alert Border Patrol agents apprehended

Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed
at McAllen (Tx.)
airport. She was carrying an altered
South African
passport, muddy jeans, and dirty
shoes. She confessed to having entered the country
illegally by

crossing the Rio Grande River.
Court documents
showed that she was on a government watch list and had
entered the U.S. up to 250 times.

Upon news of Ahmed`s arrest, intelligence experts
reported that suspected terror agents are acquiring
passports from

South Africa
and other non-suspect countries; flying
to the al Qaeda-coddling

"tri-border area"

South America
; learning Spanish; traveling to
Mexico; and doing the backstroke into America. Lawmakers
in Texas warned that the feds are arresting and then
releasing thousands of other suspected terrorists
classified as

"Other Than Mexicans"
because of lack of jail

President Bush said

"family values don`t stop at the Rio Grande."
repeat: Neither do the


Bungling Washington

In the skies, federal air marshals continue to be
hampered by director Thomas Quinn`s moronic
dress code (no athletic socks or
jeans allowed). Although he no longer oversees
transportation security, underperformin`

Norman Mineta
remains in charge of the

Department of Transportation,
where he maintains an
absolutist opposition to homeland defense profiling.

And, kowtowing to civil liberties

Chicken Littles

Muslim lobbyists
, the Bush administration canceled
the Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System out
of fear of privacy and discrimination lawsuits.

In July, the Department of Homeland Security rebuked
Border Patrol agents in southern California for

interior enforcement sweeps
because they did not bow
down to the "sensitivities" of open-borders
radicals. In September, DHS border security
undersecretary, Asa Hutchinson,

stated publicly
that it`s

"not realistic"
for his own officers to try to
do their jobs and deport law-breakers.

Morale among rank-and-file enforcement officers has
plummeted. The botched

Bernie Kerik
DHS nomination and the

refusal of the Bush administration
to support
common-sense immigration enforcement and secure identity
measures in the

"intelligence reform"
bill (which ended up
containing more non-intelligence than intelligence
provisions) didn`t help.

Amnesty, shamnesty.
The year ended as it began, with President Bush dangling
his abominable proposal to grant a mass governmental
pardon to millions of illegal alien workers and their
employers. First

floated in January,
the White House also pushed
through a Social Security "totalization" program
with Mexico, which will

dispense billions of dollars
to illegal alien
workers who used
counterfeit Social Security
cards and stolen numbers
to secure illegal jobs.

Announcement of the Bush plan led to a spike in
illegal alien apprehensions at the border during the
first three months of 2004—25 percent higher compared
with last year. Those are just the ones who got caught.
T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol
Council, told the Washington Times in April:
"People were coming up to our agents and saying, `Where
do we sign up for that guest-worker program, or that
amnesty?` Word travels like wildfire down there."
`amnesty` blamed for rise in illegals
, By
Stephen Dinan]

And around the world. The word is we`re open. Wide

What a way to ring in the New Year.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

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

for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click

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