Frontpage, February 17, 2015 by
Ever since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 many of our leaders justified sending troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan by saying that we must fight them (the terrorists) “over there” or we would have to fight them “over here.”
Now that the president is asking Congress for resources to combat ISIS overseas to defend the United States against the rapidly escalating threat posed by that extremely violent terrorist organization it is vital that a serious effort be mounted to devise an all-encompassing strategy to achieve total victory.
Of course the United States must act and act effectively and decisively in bringing the battle to our enemies on their turf. Going on the offensive overseas is essential. That is the mission of our military.
But it is time for a serious reality check on what really needs to be done to win this battle and protect America and Americans from the defensive perspective as well.
On that horrific day in September more than 13 years ago, America’s enemies turned lower Manhattan, a field in Pennsylvania and the Pentagon into a deadly battlefield. On that day, all of the casualties were inflicted “over here” by aliens who had gamed the visa process and/or immigration benefits program. If the immigration system had worked effectively, most of those aliens who participated in those attacks should not have been able to enter the United States, let alone receive immigration benefits, including being granted political asylum or acquiring lawful status under the 1986 Amnesty program.
For all of the rhetoric about fighting al-Qaeda overseas, the Patriot Act and stringent security measures implemented at airports and other critical facilities made it clear that the battle was and is being fought within the borders of the United States. The component of the “War on Terror” involving our borders brings us to the realm of effective immigration law enforcement.
While most politicians and others simply want to address the issue of border security along the U.S. Mexican border, the reality is that the legislative approach attempted by the House of Representatives would not succeed. My disgust with that legislative disaster was the focus of my February 5, 2015 FrontPage Magazine article, “The ‘Secure Our Border First Act’ Deception” (tag line: Why it’s no solution to the immigration crisis).
The goal where immigration is concerned is multifaceted to actually succeed in protecting America and Americans.
We need to secure our borders against those aliens who would evade the inspections process by running our northern as well as our southern borders. We need to tighten up surveillance of all ships entering our harbors to prevent stowaways from surreptitiously gaining entry into the United States and need to make certain that the Coastguard has the resources it needs to identify all ships approaching our coastline and interdict them.
We need to end the Visa Waiver Program and provide more resources to the inspections process conducted by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) at ports of entry.
However, it is inevitable that no matter how much we will try, aliens will evade the Border Patrol and the Coastguard. Aliens who have been lawfully admitted into the United States will violate the terms of their admission. The solution to these issues is to greatly increase the number of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents to locate and arrest those aliens who slip through the defenses I noted above.
By effectively enforcing our immigration laws, opportunities will be created to cultivate informants and cooperating witnesses to enable law enforcement and intelligence agencies to more readily identify emerging threats before attacks are carried out. This aspect of the significance of effective immigration law enforcement was the subject of my November 10, 2014 commentary for Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), “Lack of Intelligence in Failures to Enforce Immigration Laws.”
Finally, the process by which aliens are granted immigration benefits ranging from being granted political asylum to providing lawful immigrant status and the conferring of United States citizenship upon aliens via the naturalization process must have eaningful integrity. This is essential to deprive terrorist “sleepers” the ability to embed themselves in communities around the United States as they await instructions to carry out an attack within our borders.
Again, this requires that many more ICE agents be hired and assigned to combatting immigration fraud — a serious vulnerability identified by the 9/11 Commission.
Terrorism has been defined as “asymmetrical warfare.” America’s enemies, the radical Islamist terrorist groups, ISIS, al-Qaeda and others know that they can not win a conventional military battle with the U.S. armed forces. Their goal is to get behind their enemy’s lines and inflict casualties among the civilian population to instill fear and terror. For these terrorists, the “enemy lines” are the borders of the United States.
During the Second World War, when soldiers sought to go behind enemy lines they often boarded military aircraft that, under the cover of darkness, flew over the country they wanted to attack and parachuted behind the enemy lines to carry out reconnaissance missions and sabotage their enemy’s critical facilities.
Sometimes, under the cover of darkness, enemy combatants boarded submarines and other ships and stealthily approach the enemy’s coastline to send commandos ashore to carry out their deadly missions.