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.
The rise of MS-13.
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,
carjackings, extortions, and rapes. The gang has
linked to efforts to help al Qaeda infiltrate the
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
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
South Africa and other non-suspect countries; flying
to the al Qaeda-coddling
"tri-border area" in
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
"Other Than Mexicans" because of lack of jail
In the skies, federal air marshals continue to be
hampered by director Thomas Quinn`s moronic
"professional" 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 and
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.
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
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." [Bush
`amnesty` blamed for rise in illegals, By
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.
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