Time`s Trap For Politicians: Who Let The (Next) Terrorists In?

Looking at the title of

magazine`s special investigative report
Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele,

Who Left the Door Open
I had little hope that
it was anything more than the typical,
immigration apologist

Undoubtedly, border agents had been treating detainees
unfairly by leaving cell doors open at Border Detention
Centers. No doubt fifteen Mexican nationals had caught
the sniffles.

TIME would be touting the

$100 million-dollar class action suit
filed on
behalf of the fifteen "immigrants"

illegal alien felons
) against the U.S.

The article would culminate in a lecture on the

virtues of diversity and human kindness
. It would
blame the Republicans for the whole debacle.

Bush would grovel for forgiveness at the feet of
La Raza
. Later in the week, Bush would send his

, the quasi-Hispanic

Jorge P. Bush
to Mexico so he can bad-mouth the
U.S. immigration policy……no, wait, he did that

last month

As a final nail in the coffin, there would be a
photograph of

Teresa Heinz Kerry
hugging (but not too closely) the
fifteen Mexican "victims."

The caption beneath would read: Heinz-Kerry rushes to

of "her people."

Yes, all of this floated through my mind as I stood in
line at a store. (I work for VDARE.COM, I have no life.)

But I happily admit that, for the second time in my
life, I was wrong.

This story told the truth, I swear, about illegal
immigration in America.

I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, the suspense
was killing me.

And then it happened. TIME

said the words
I thought I`d never hear:

"Despite all the talk of homeland security, sneaking
into the U.S. is scandalously easy—and on the rise.
Millions of illegal aliens will pour across the
U.S.-Mexican border this year, many from countries
hostile to America. TIME looks at the damage, the
dangers and the reasons the U.S. fails to protect

Awful nice of TIME magazine to join the fight. Until now
they were a big part of the problem.

The last TIME cover to feature immigration was in
1985. It was slightly different. A cliché
"melting pot"
photograph depicted every possible
sex, color and creed. Henry Grunwald, TIME Inc`s
Editor In Chief and

himself an immigrant
, wrote:

"Every immigrant leads a double life. Every immigrant
has a double identity and a double vision, being
suspended between an old and a new home, an old and a
new self. The very notion of a new home, of course, is
in a sense as impossible as the notion of new parents.
Parents are who they are; home is what it is. Home is
the wallpaper above the bed, the family dinner table,
the church bells in the morning, the bruised shins of
the playground, the small fears that come with dusk, the
streets and squares and monuments and shops that
constitute one`s first universe."
Is Where You Are Happy"
, Jul. 8, 1985]

Great. Hordes of immigrants invading our country,
unquestioned and unaccounted for, and we should allow it
because, after all, they are just seeking a nice, cozy

The timing of this 1985 story was ironic. Two weeks
before the release of this "ain`t-diversity-grand puff piece," a dark and
ominous event was recorded on

TIME`s cover:

Jun. 24, 1985

Terror Aboard Flight 847

Muslim hijackers hold Americans hostage on a murderous

Millions around the world watched their television
sets or listened to their radios as the horrific drama
unfolded.  "He has pulled a hand-grenade pin and is
ready to blow up the aircraft if he has to. We must, I
repeat, we must land at Beirut. We must land at Beirut.
No alternative." After much delay, the curious, grudging
reply of the Beirut control tower: "Very well.
Land. Land quietly. Land quietly." Then another
desperate plea:  "They are beating the passengers. They are
threatening to kill the passengers. We want fuel now.
Immediately." [Free

True, the Muslim terrorists responsible for this

particular incident
didn`t pull the inside job
that their

confederates would in 2001
. Presumably they gave us
more credit than we deserve and never considered that we
would leave our borders wide open.

Side note: I blame the French. They gave us that Trojan
horse some call the

Statue of Liberty
actually "Liberty
Enlightening The World
It`s their

to the masses of the world to huddle in
America (instead of

?) and take over.


magazine suggests that politicians hesitate about reform
because of politicians` fear of

corporate America
. Big business wants

cheap labor
—which, by and large, a lax immigration
policy can provide.

I disagree. I think the problem is good old fashioned
electoral fear.

The immigration lobby, along with groups like
La Raza
, has covered all the bases. The

Democrats sold their souls for the Hispanic vote
the Devil collects his debts. Their
policy agenda
has become hostage to that special

The Republicans have been snookered into believing that

Hispanic vote
is worth seeking—and that they can win
(buy?) it. But making this acquisition their priority

alienating their base

There is a new problem, however. With the mainstream
media like TIME highlighting the immigration
disaster, warnings are accumulating.

My prediction: terrorists will enter our country, with
pitiful ease, through our unguarded borders. They will
attack us again; it is only a matter of time. How will

President Bush

President Kerry
) respond when our $200 billion
dollar war with Iraq is shown to have done nothing to
safeguard us from terror? 

For example, recently a

illegal was detained for

videotaping buildings
in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The police confiscated his tapes and found footage of
various buildings including a sixty-story office that is
home to, among others, an
FBI office
. (Tip for the DHS: This guy might be

, or maybe even


A caution for the next President: Americans will not
easily forgive another internal attack that could have
been prevented by effective border controls.

As the mainstream media shifts its focus to our
borders, the whole country sits perched to say

"I told you so."

Bryanna Bevens [email
her] is a political consultant and former chief of staff
for a member of the California State Assembly.