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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Joint Task Force

We're going to try something new here. This is a first attempt at this, so bear with us, but WUA is going to tag team a topic between contributors, as it falls into "her territory," which is largely the war on terror and events in the Middle East, and "my territory," which is more related to political policy and homeland security. This is not to say that we don't cross over, often, into each others "areas;" we've made an incredible team in other avenues than this latest venture, and ego doesn't get in the way when we tackle things. There is also a little piece I left out on my bio that I don't discuss much, that being my theological studies several years ago when I was considering entering the seminary. That background sometimes gives me a different perspective on things than some people; I'm not a bible thumping radical, these days I tend to question more than I actually put faith into, but the background is there, and sometimes it's a very helpful thing to have when looking at world events.

That being said (and no, no rant this time, it's far more serious than just an opinion rant):

Not much is being said about the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, signed on March 23, 2005 by the heads of state of Canada, Mexico and the United States. As G. Gordon Liddy says, it came in under the radar. Seemingly harmless at a casual glance, what this does is begin an elimination of the borders between the U.S.A and our neighbors to the north and South, Canada and Mexico.

Sound familiar?

Europe has already done something similar to this, calling it the European Union, with the introduction of the Euro as a form of currency tradable across the continent amongst its member nations. Are we ready for the Amerio? I don't think so.

So why are we choosing to bring this into the spotlight now?

GOPUSA carries a story concerning illegal aliens and the crime rate that is growing to be a major, major problem. Jim Brown's article entitled More Americans killed by illegal aliens than Iraq war, study says states:

Illegal aliens are killing more Americans than the Iraq war, says a new report from Family Security Matters that estimates some 2,158 murders are committed every year by illegal aliens in the U.S. The group says that number is more than 15 percent of all the murders reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the U.S. and about three times the representation of illegal aliens in the general population.

Mike Cutler, a former senior special agent with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (the former INS), is a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies and an advisor to Family Security Matters (FSM). He says the high number of Americans being killed by illegal aliens is just part of the collateral damage that comes with tolerating illegal immigration.

"The military actually called for the BORTAC team, ... the elite unit of the Border Patrol, to be detailed to Iraq to help to secure the Iraqi border," Cutler notes. "Now, if our military can understand that Iraq's security depends in measure on the ability to protect its border against insurgents and terrorists, then why isn't our country similarly protecting our own borders?" he asks.

Many people among the Christian communities who are following this are calling the SPP the next step on the path to a global, one world government. The creation of the United Nations is seen as being one of the initial steps, establishing a body that was formed for the specific purpose of establishing a centralized global government.

Sounds conspiratorial, doesn't it? Not when you consider the establishments of the World Bank, the World Court, the World Health Organization, United Nations Peace Keeping Forces, and other such organizations.

Our constitution would be null and void under such a situation. National borders would become more like the borders between different states. We're already facing a situation in this country where we are looking at several MILLION illegal aliens in our country taking jobs away from our citizens, and committing crimes on our streets.

So why isn't the Bush administration doing more about this? Why aren't our borders being sealed off more tightly? It would be contradictory to the SPP that President Bush signed for him to enforce the sealing off of our borders. National Guard troops are already stationed along the border with Mexico with "do not engage" orders. Why? Window dressing.

For more statistical information and her own thoughts, S will continue.

[S-- The numbers are troubling as is the thought processes behind those numbers. We have a precedure that hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants have gone through and followed the law and have become upstanding citizens of the United States of America.

After 9/11 this should be a huge issue and should not be up for debate, follow the law that is set up or keep them out.

We must protect our borders and further into the article linked to above tells us why.

"We are not five and a half years, nearly, after 9/11, and yet our borders remain open," the Center for Immigration Studies fellow observes. "We have National Guardsmen assigned on the border, but it turns out they are unarmed," he points out. "Their rules of engagement are very simple: if armed intruders head your way, run in the other direction."

This situation would "almost be comical if it wasn't so tragic," Cutler asserts. "If our borders are wide open, this means that drugs, criminals, and terrorists are entering our country just as easily as the dishwashers," he says.

The report from FSM estimates that the 267,000 illegal aliens currently incarcerated in the nation are responsible for nearly 1,300,000 crimes, ranging from drug arrests to rape and murder. Such statistics, Cutler contends, debunk the claim that illegal immigration is a victimless crime.

Look at those numbers....1.3 Million crimes from 267,000 "illegal" aliens.

Not only are they coming here illegally and breaking the law, but more than that...we are feeding and clothing these criminals, providing healthcare for them while they are jailed... how much money are we spending on this and aren't our legal citizens and immigrants being shortchanged because the money we are spending dealing with the illegal aliens could be better spent on those that are abiding by the laws of our country?

Educating illegal immigrants, as of 2003, costs states $7.4 BILLION a year:

States are spending $7.4 billion annually to educate illegal alien students-enough to buy a computer for every junior high school student nationwide, finds a startling new FAIR report.

In some states, the amount of money spent to educate illegal alien children accounts for a substantial portion of the state budget shortfall; in New Jersey, for instance, it accounts for 28 percent of the total state budget deficit.


Providing K-12 Education to Illegal Immigrants: Costs to States

In California, the $2.2 billion spent educating illegal immigrants for one year could buy books, computers, and other instructional equipment for 346,689 classrooms, 79 percent of all the classrooms in California, and fully fund the state's free lunch program for poor students for almost two years.

In Texas, the $1 billion spent educating illegal immigrants for one year could provide health insurance to every child in Texas for three and a half years. State budget cuts are expected to trim tens of thousands from the Children's Health Insurance Program, and 22 percent of Texas's children already lack health insurance, the highest percentage in the nation.

In New York, the $756 million spent educating illegal immigrants for one year could put a computer on the desk of every high school student in the state.

In Illinois, the $484 million spent educating illegal immigrants for one year could eliminate the need to cut $38 million from the state's financial aid program by denying financial aid to 34,000 college students and grant aid to an additional 399,120 students.

In New Jersey, the $359 million spent educating illegal immigrants for one year could expand pre-school enrollment by 23,652 children, which would allow the state to achieve its court-mandated pre-school enrollment in poor school districts.

In Florida, the $309 million spent educating illegal immigrants for one year could eliminate the need to cut $120 million from K-12 schools, with $190 million to spare.

In Georgia, the $231 million spent educating illegal immigrants for one year could eliminate the need to cut $14 million from the state school budget and $35 million from the state university system, with $181 million to spare.

In North Carolina, the $196 million spent educating illegal immigrants for one year could cover the cost of textbooks for all schools in the state for two years.

In Arizona, the $187 million spent educating illegal immigrants for one year could eliminate the need to raise in-state tuition by $1,000 a year in the state university system, with $150 million to spare.

In Colorado, the $141 million spent educating illegal immigrants for one year could buy books, computers, and other instructional materials for every K-12 student in the state.

That was in 2003, that number is rising and something needs to be done about it. We have laws and procedures and they should be followed and those coming here illegally should stopped and when caught, prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Doctors and administrators around the state are complaining that the cost of treating illegal immigrants has forced them to delay the purchase of life-saving technology or the addition of valuable staff.... read the rest of this article.

It is not only the crimes these illegals residents are committing, nor just the monies spent on prosecuting these crimes, but our healthcare industry is also suffering because of illegal immigration.

Once again, we are not talking about legal immigrants. Our great country has always welcomed immigrants to our country and offered them a better way of life..... but they need to do it legally.

Doesn't seem to be too much to ask.

Now some may ask how does this affect us personallyand this next article tells you:

But while this argument is valid in many respects, it must give way when American citizens are affected in more negative ways than positive. At a certain point it is not only necessary but right to strengthen laws against those gaining work illegally. It may be true that illegal immigrants provide the cheap labor that keeps many industries afloat, but it is also true that illegal workers have displaced American workers and depressed wages at a cost of $133 billion, last year alone. And there is more to the story.

Even when the tax money illegal laborers provide is subtracted from cost of the services they use, it creates a net loss. The services illegal persons use, about $2.5 billion in Medicaid, $2.2 billion in medical treatment, $1.9 billion in food assistance, and $1.6 billion in prison and legal costs, among others, creates a net fiscal deficit of $10.4 billion for the federal government, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

The costs break down to about $2,700 per illegal household per year and these losses must be covered by tax money from American citizens or by our government borrowing more money and further increasing the national debt. It’s hard to fathom the billions spent on illegal immigrants, but to put it in context the total educational expenditures used on the children of illegal aliens, $7.4 billion annually, could buy a computer for every junior high student in America, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

The economic costs of illegal immigration, from the direct expenses, such as schooling and hospital costs, to indirect expenses, such as remittances and American worker displacement, place significant burdens on the economy.

But we should think about more than the increased tax responsibilities. We should put greater consideration into the effects on American citizens, particularly the least fortunate.

There are over 34 million people living under the federal poverty line in America and the number has been increasing for the last four years. Some of these people are not actively searching for work or trying to improve their lives, but for those that are it is becoming harder and harder to compete against illegal laborers who often work for minimum wage or less, “under the table.” Before we try to help people from other countries through lax labor laws and government aid, we need to take care of our own citizens.

We cannot afford to continue to ignore this problem and we must be willing to do what it takes to secure our borders, not only because of what it is costing us as a country, but even more importantly, in my mind, because along with the problems that illegal immigration causes us finacially, the fact that terrosists are also entering our country via these same methods, it becomes a matter of national security.

Take for example, the capture of terrorist suspect Jose Padilla. The Justice Department says Padilla and an accomplice planned to enter the U.S. thru Mexico to blow up apartment buildings in major cities, like New York.

Or the case of suspected al-Qaeda sleeper agent Mohammed Junaid Babar.

Babar has told investigators of a scheme to smuggle terrorists across the Mexican border. He's tied to a terror plot to carry out bombings and assassinations in London.

And the Tombstone Tumbleweed newspaper reports that in June, 53 Middle Eastern men were apprehended by Border Patrol agents near Willcox.

It's believed they were from Iran or Syria.

Stoddard says, "It's the ones who are sneaking into our country under cover of darkness between our ports of entry that concern me and should concern every American.

Border Patrol Council President T.J. Bonner says, "You don't know what is getting by you unless you come across, as you said, small pieces of evidence, remnants of things that give you clues, that not everybody is coming across from mexico looking for a job."

Bonner knows exactly who and what current agents are uncovering along our border and he has a dire warning:

"It's only a matter of time before another terrorist attack occurs, unfortunately.

In 2004 an al-Qaeda suspect was arrested in Texas:

A South African woman picked up in Texas almost 10 days ago may turn out to be a key, high-level al-Qaida operative.

Her name is Farida Goolam Mohamed Ahmed. She was stopped at McAllen Miller International Airport on July 19 headed to New York.

Eddie Flores of the U.S. Border Patrol office in McAllen, Texas tells that a review of her papers raised some concerns.

"In looking at her documents, they did not find any entry documents in her passport where she was legally admitted into the United States," says Flores.

Ahmed produced a South African passport to the agents with four pages torn out, and with no U.S. entry stamps. Ahmed reportedly later confessed to investigators that she entered the country illegally by crossing the Rio Grande River. Ahmed was carrying travel itineraries showing a July 8 flight from Johannesburg, South Africa to London. Six days later, Ahmed traveled from London to Mexico City before attempting to travel from McAllen to New York.

Government sources tell that capturing this woman could be comparable to the arrest of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of 9/11. It was revealed in court Tuesday that she was on a watch list and had entered the U.S. possibly as many as 250 times.

In 2005 there was an al-Qaeda operative captured near the Mexican border.

An al-Qaida operative who was on the FBI's terrorist watch list was recently captured near the Mexican border, housed in a Texas jail and turned over to federal agents, Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, said on Friday.

"A confirmed al-Qaida terrorist, an Iraqi national, was held in the Brewster County jail," Rep. Culberson told ABC Radio host Sean Hannity. "He was captured in Mexico. This was within the last six weeks. He was turned over to the FBI."

The Texas Republican said he obtained the stunning information about the terrorist's capture "from the sheriffs who were directly involved.

"In fact, one was the sheriff who incarcerated him in the Brewster County jail [and who] confirmed this as well," he explained. The same sheriff also confirmed "that this guy is on the FBI's al-Qaida list," he added.

The examples continue but this is enough to make my point....we have terrorists crossing the borders using the same means that our illegal immigrants are using and it is a serious problem that needs a serious solution.