WHO'S FUNDING SOMALI NATIONALS TO ILLEGALLY ENTER THE U.S.?
February 25, 2010
I was sent a news article titled: "Va. man accused of helping smuggle Somalis into U.S." by Chris Burgard. For those of you who are not familiar with Chris, he is the producer of a documentary about our nation's deplorably porous borders that was simply entitled, "Border." I was pleased to have a brief appearance in his excellent film. The news article is the stuff of my nightmares and encapsulates a number of the issues I have been hammering away at, ever since I decided to make my concerns public in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
There are many people and organizations who are "out there" making all sorts of ridiculous assertions about immigration and related areas of concern because their agenda is to open our nation's borders and create a massive amnesty program for millions of illegal aliens whose true identities, backgrounds, intentions and possible affiliation with criminal or terrorist organizations are unknown and unknowable.
These individuals and the organizations they share this agenda with are determined to have their way regardless of the cost.
Often when all else fails, these open borders advocates spew accusations and frankly, lies, accusing those of us who want our borders secured against illegal entry and the immigration system by which aliens are granted a variety of benefits including resident alien status and United States citizenship to have real integrity, of being hate mongers, racists, nativists, etc., etc.
The point is that our nation's very survival is being threatened by transnational criminal organizations and international terrorist groups. In order to attack our nation the terrorists need to be able to enter our country and then embed themselves in communities around the United States while they wait their call to action.
Keeping this in mind, please read the news article I have attached below that appeared in the Washington Examiner yesterday. It details how a 35 year old man, Anthony Joseph Tracy facilitated the illegal entry of some 270 aliens who are citizens of Somalia. Somalia is a country that has become associated with terrorist activities and even with piracy on the high seas. In the jargon of our government, Somalia is a "Special Interest" country because of its established relationship with terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab.
On ever so many occasions I have made the point that aliens who evade the inspections process may be simply determined to seek illegal employment- a problem of concern to our nation in and of itself, especially given the soaring unemployment rate for United States citizens and resident aliens, but not all illegal aliens simply seek illegal employment. Other illegal aliens may be fugitives from justice in their own or other countries for having committed serious crimes. Additionally, other illegal aliens may well be intent on entering our nation to carry out crimes in conjunction with transnational gangs such as the drug cartels, or may be involved in committing acts of terrorism in our country.
The problem is that without a "scorecard" it is impossible to know what motivates illegal aliens to circumvent the inspections process. These illegal aliens have no scorecard!
While much has been made of the Mexican border and our nation's efforts to construct a fence on the border, a goal that has cost our nation more than a billion dollars to date and a goal that eludes a successful conclusion, there is virtually no real discussion about the abject failure to secure the immigration laws from within the interior of the United States.
When ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) personnel arrest a relative handful of illegal aliens whose presence in our country represents a violation of law, the open borders advocates yell at the top of their lungs that our government is creating a "Climate of Fear!" This amazing statement is one that is often used by Nancy Pelosi along with her assertions that it is Un-American to arrest illegal aliens! This betrayal of her oath of office and what should be her dedication to the citizens of our nation leaves me outraged!
In point of fact, it is a truly rare event when illegal aliens are arrested and removed from our nation. The illegal aliens play a game of "Hide and Seek" and in this game they have a distinct advantage over the beleaguered special agents of ICE. They literally have those agents greatly outnumbered. At present there are an estimated 6,000 special agents employed by ICE to enforce the immigration laws for the entire United States of America. Those special agents are also engaged in enforcing Customs laws which have absolutely nothing to do with immigration. Customs laws are concerned with the movement of currency and objects across international borders and to collect duties and tariffs while the immigration laws focus on the movement of people across our nation's borders and the ways in which they can acquire lawful immigrant status and even United States citizenship.
The City of New York has been described as being the "Safest Big City in America" for a number of years. It is my belief that a major factor in this success is the large number of police officers that the NYPD has- currently estimated to be 37,000. Without an adequate number of "boots on the ground" the job cannot be done. In Iraq and Afghanistan we have seen where a "Troop Surge" has been extremely effective at preventing much of the violence in those war-torn countries. This is not "rocket science" but simply commonsense. As our nation approaches the 9th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 our nation's leaders must finally understand that ICE must have many more agents and leaders who truly understand just how important the immigration issue is for the security of our nation and the safety of our citizens.
This is not a matter of "Connecting the Dots" but is rather a matter of being willing to "See the Dots!"
Further hobbling efforts to enforce the immigration laws is the simple fact that the vast majority of managers at ICE did not come from the former INS but rather came from what had been U.S. Customs. As a number of the current employees of ICE have told me, their bosses are far more concerned with apprehending those who produce counterfeit Gucci handbags than counterfeit passports and identity documents!
According to the news report some of the 270 Somali nationals who were aided in entering our country by Mr. Tracy have fanned out across our nation and are now believed to be hiding in plain sight in a variety of states including New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Minnesota and Arizona.
With a lack of resources to seek out these illegal aliens who may be intent on attacking our nation, my fear is that our citizens are at risk from these individuals and many others just like them who are, at present, hiding in plain sight in many cities across our nation. What is particularly worrisome about this group of illegal aliens is the relative sophistication in the way that they traveled around the globe to make their way here, spending what was estimated, in the article, to be some $30,000.
$30,000 is a significant sum of money for the average American. For an alien from Somalia this amount of money is stratospheric. It would be hard to imagine that someone who simply seeks to work illegally in a menial job would be able to put that sort of money together or that it would be financially sensible to do so. The question is, "Who paid for the travel expenses for these illegal aliens (and why)?"
Furthermore it is important to remember that not long ago the FBI and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies talked about how young men who had immigrated to the United States had returned to Somalia for apparent training and participation in terrorist attacks in the Middle East.
We have also seen a number of recent instances of aliens who sought to conduct terrorist attacks in our country. Clearly the "All Clear" has not sounded and so I am forced to ask, "Where are these Somali nationals and what are they doing?"
I hope that we don't find out the answers to these questions the hard way!
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.
Any politician who refuses to work to secure our borders and create an immigration system that has integrity is either corrupt or too dumb to keep his (her) job. Any politician, irrespective of party affiliation who favors Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the outrageous betrayal that this would represent given the national security implications that this program would have, should be shown the door at the next election!
If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same.
Later this year, each and every member of the House of Representatives is up for reelection. Later this year more than one third of the members of the United States Senate will have to face their constituents. They need to be reminded that they work for us, We the People!
However, the practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there.
The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines!
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