What About A State of the Borders Address?
Prediction: On one of the most pressing homeland
security issues facing the nation, President Bush will
have nothing – nada – to say during his State of the
I am talking, of course, about the state of our
The Bush White House remains shamefully silent about
brutal murder of U.S. Park Ranger
Kris Eggle. This 28-year-old American was gunned
last summer by an AK-47-toting illegal alien drug
smuggler who waltzed across the southern border into
Arizona`s Organ Pipe National Monument.
According to the Park Service, as many as 1,000
illegal aliens a day
trample across the park-trashing our fences, ruining
the environment, breaking our laws, and
endangering lives. It`s a smugglers` paradise and a
national security nightmare. "We have caught
people from China, Pakistan and Yemen coming through,"
Bo Stone, an Organ Pipe ranger and close friend of
Eggle`s, told the Los Angeles Times this week.
Law Loses Out at U.S. Parks, January 23, 2003,
by Ralph Vartabedian]
"If 1,000 illegal immigrants can walk through the
desert here, so can
Kris`s father, Bob, a Vietnam veteran told me last
fall on a trip to Washington, D.C.: "I gave an eye
for one war. Now, I`ve given my son for another. What is
our president going to do about the war on our borders?"
Despite recent press coverage from the L.A. Times,
Wall Street Journal,
National Geographic magazine, and
Outside magazine, the Eggle family still has
received no phone call, no acknowledgement, from the
Bush White House in response to their call for border
reform and serious enforcement of our laws.
Bob Eggle noted at a
press conference in October:
"The Mexico-American border is in chaos and is
virtually a non-border. I have been involved there as a
volunteer for the National Park Service and attempted to
repair the border fence, only to have it knocked down
again a couple of hours later. That non-border
contributed to Kris` death."
The story is the same on the northern border, where
just last week two reporters for the
Toronto Star illegally crossed a dozen easy
entry points between the land boundaries that separate
Quebec from Vermont and New York state.
Mangled fences and battered stop signs spraypainted
with "U.S.A." are all that stand in the way.
"After September 11th, we all need to be concerned
about border security and how easy it is to get in this
country," Bob Eggle says. "Kris`s death needs to
bring about reform. We have to make his sacrifice
Peter Gadiel, a lifelong Republican from Connecticut,
[and a board member of
Coalition for a Secure Driver`s License] is on a
similar crusade to get his president to address illegal
immigration as a national security issue. He, too,
lost a son because of the government`s
lax border and entrance enforcement policies. James
Gadiel, 23, died in the 2001 attack on the World Trade
Center. He was an assistant trader at Cantor Fitzgerald.
"When you have 8 to 11 million illegal immigrants
living here in the U.S, it`s hard to notice 18 or 20
terrorists," Peter Gadiel
argues. It is that ocean of illegals that
"allowed the hijackers to plan, rehearse, finance and
carry out their mass murders over a long period of time,
almost completely free of fear that they would be
300,000 illegal alien fugitives remain on the loose
deportation orders. There is still no systematic
tracking of criminal alien felons across the country.
Sanctuary for illegal aliens remains the policy in
almost every major metropolis. Banks and local
governments continue to accept
sham Mexican ID cards to "regularize" the existence
of alien lawbreakers. And
"catch and release" remains standard operating
procedure for untold thousands of illegal aliens who
through the fingers of federal immigration
authorities every day.
Republican Party elites in Washington continue to
turn a blind eye. As grass-roots conservative stalwart
Phyllis Schlafly has noted, the Republican National
Committee`s mail-order surveys on important national
issues omit immigration and border security.
Meanwhile, the White House refuses to meet with the
Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, led by
Tom Tancredo of Colorado.
"The simple truth is that we`ve lost control of
our own borders," Ronald Reagan warned
nearly two decades ago, "and no nation can do
that and survive."
We ignore America`s lost sovereignty at our peril.
Michelle Malkin is author of
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