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
Union address.

I am talking, of course, about the state of our
borders.

The Bush White House remains shamefully silent about
the

brutal murder
of U.S. Park Ranger

Kris Eggle
. This 28-year-old American was gunned
down

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.
[The
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

1,000 terrorists."

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
meaningful."

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
discovered."

Some

300,000 illegal alien fugitives
remain on the loose
despite

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
pass

through the fingers
of federal immigration
authorities every day.

Nevertheless, the

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
Republican Congressman

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


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

Click here
for Peter Brimelow`s review.
Click here
for Michelle Malkin`s website.

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