U. S. border security

Our enemies have repeatedly exercised this option of inserting terrorists by exploiting weaknesses in our immigration system. A Center for Immigration Studies analysis of the immigration histories of the 48 foreign-born Al-Qaeda operatives who committed crimes in the United States from 1993 to 2001 (including the 9/11 hijackers) found that nearly every element of the immigration system has been penetrated by the enemy. (Camarota, 2002) Of the 48, one-third were here on various temporary visas, another third were legal residents or naturalized citizens, one-fourth were illegal aliens, and the remainder had pending asylum applications.

Nearly half of the total had, at some point or another, violated existing immigration laws. What requires emphasis is the ease with which terrorists have moved through U. S. border security and obtained significant immigration benefits such as naturalization. The security gaps that existed then still, in many instances, exist today. Janice L. Kephart (2005) stressed that Terrorists have used just about every means possible to enter the United States, from acquiring legitimate passports and visas for entry to stowing away illegally on an Algerian gas tanker.

With this, most have been convicted or indicted. It summarizes how these terrorists have successfully sought legal immigration benefits through fraudulent means and the legal action (if any) taken against them. This report only includes the six 9/11 hijackers who abused immigration benefits to stay in the United States. With approximately 1. 5 million legal and illegal immigrants entering annually — equivalent to the population of Philadelphia — the United States has the highest number of foreign-born residents ever.

As a percentage of the population, these 33 million, strengthened continuously, will soon surpass a level not seen since the first decade of the 20th century. Within a few years they will constitute the largest percentage of foreign-born in U. S. history. (Steinlight, 2004) President Bush has not gone that far, but in his January 7 speech proposing an illegal alien amnesty and guest worker program, he claimed the federal government is now fulfilling its responsibility to control immigration, thus justifying a vast increase in the flow of newcomers to America.

Exploring the role of immigration control in promoting American security can help provide the context to judge the president’s claim that his proposal is consistent with our security imperatives, and can help to sketch the outlines of a secure immigration system. (Krikorian, 2004) Most of the 31 million plus foreigners who enter the US temporarily each year do so without visas under reciprocal visa waiver policies that permit nationals of 29 countries to enter the US for up to 90 days without visas.

When French or Japanese tourists or business visitors show up at US ports of entry, the inspector examines their passports, and they are routinely admitted. One of the hijackers was believed to be a recently naturalized French citizen who entered the US under the visa waiver program. In addition, no visas are required of Canadians entering the US, and Mexicans living in the border region are admitted to the US with Border Crossing Cards that permit limited travel in the US.

There are some 500 million crossings at the Canadian and Mexican borders each year, and inspectors generally process those arriving on foot or by car very quickly, especially during morning commutes. More careful inspections quickly lead to long lines, which interfere with tourism and commerce. (Martin and Martin, 2001) Although Bush had been so lenient to foreign race and ethnicities to avoid racial discrimination, there’s still an unending issue to the gap between black and whites. This is because white supremacy produces material and psychological benefits for whites, while extracting a heavy material and psychological price from blacks.

It assures the former greater resources, a wider range of personal choice, more power, and more self-esteem than they would have if they were forced to share the above with people of color, and deprived of the subjective sensation of superiority they enjoy as a result of the subordination of non-whites. According to this “race model” this is the reason why whites resist an end to white supremacy: they have a stake in the system and they will fight to defend it…White supremacist regimes are, in fact, not confined to any particular political economy. They can be shown to exist in non-capitalist economies, including socialist ones’.