:How to be an illegal - Mexico government publishes guide to assist border crossers

When Is a Border Not a Border? When Terrorists Cross Anytime They Want To!

 

Mexico slams BP clemency

Authorities free 1 million aliens amid proceedings
By Stephen Dinan
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20050414-115247-2595r.htm

One million people facing immigration proceedings have been released into the general population, the government's chief of detention and removal told the Senate yesterday , prompting some Republicans to say the Bush administration is "not serious" about the problem.

"We have a million individuals who are in some phase of immigration proceedings released," said Victor X. Cerda, the acting director of detention and removal operations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

He said of those people, 465,000 are fugitive aliens who have been ordered deported. About 80,000 of those are criminal aliens who have committed an offense in addition to immigration violations, but he couldn't provide an exact number.

His comments came as an immigration debate in the Senate blocked most progress on the emergency war-spending bill. Pending amendments include cracking down on illegal immigrants' use of driver's licenses, increasing visas for seasonal nonimmigrant workers and legalizing up to 1 million illegal aliens who work in agriculture and their families.

Yesterday's hearing, before two subcommittees of the Judiciary Committee, is supposed to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive immigration bill, said Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican and chairman of the immigration subcommittee, which held the hearing along with Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, chairman of the terrorism subcommittee.

"No serious discussion of comprehensive immigration reform is possible without a review of our nation's ability to effectively secure its borders and enforce its immigration laws," Mr. Cornyn said.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, and Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, demanded to know why Mr. Cerda was not doing more to have illegal aliens removed.

Mr. Sessions said ICE is far behind in entering the names of the 465,000 alien fugitives into law-enforcement databases, which means that if those people are picked up in another arrest, they would not be turned over to immigration authorities.

Jonathan Cohn, a deputy assistant attorney general, told the panel that court decisions over the years will result in the government having to release dangerous criminal aliens as well.

"The aliens that are being released include murderers, rapists and child molesters," Mr. Cohn said.
Members of the subcommittees also ended up taking sides on whether the Minutemen patrolling the Arizona border are "vigilantes," as President Bush called them.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, said he agreed with Mr. Bush's characterization, and told Mr. Cerda to let him know what the Department of Homeland Security's policy was on dealing with vigilantes. http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20050414-115247-2595r.htm

http://www.apfn.org/Illegals/Mex-gov-cover.htm

WorldNetDaily.com, January 2, 2005
 
(View the guide in color on the Mexican website or as a black and white copy. Read the text of the English translation.

The government of Mexico is raising eyebrows with a new comic book offering advice on how to cross the border into the U.S. illegally.

Called "The Guide for the Mexican Migrant," the 32-page book published by Mexico's Foreign Ministry uses simple language to offer information on safety, legal rights and living unobtrusively in America.

"This guide is intended to give you some practical advice that could be of use if you have made the difficult decision to seek new work opportunities outside your country," the book says, according to the Arizona Republic.

Illustrations depict illegals wading into a river, trying to evade U.S. Border Patrol and crouching near a hole in a border fence. Immigrants are also shown hiking through the desert with rock formations similar to those in Arizona and being caught by an American agent...

"This is more than just a wink and a nod," Rick Oltman, Western field director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, told the Republic. "This is so transparent, this is the Mexican government trying to protect its most valuable export, which is illegal migrants."

John Vincent, with Virginia-based Americans for Immigration Control, said, "It really looks like the Mexican government is encouraging illegal immigration. It shows the contempt that the Mexican government has for our laws."...

Read the complete article.
 
View the guide in color on the Mexican website or as a black and white copy. Read the text of the English translation.

http://www.theamericanresistance.com/articles/art2005jan02.html

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Minutemen gather near Mexico border

Margaret Talev,  Star Tribune Washington Bureau Correspondent
April 2, 2005 MINUTE0402
TOMBSTONE, ARIZ. - Hundreds of Americans dissatisfied with the federal government's response to illegal immigration and ready to take matters into their own hands assembled Friday in Tombstone, located near the Mexico border, to get their marching orders.

The Minuteman Project, as its leaders are calling this highly publicized month-long effort, was organized to patrol a well-worn stretch of the border and report any apparently illegal crossings to law enforcement officials.

Groups of mostly white male volunteers crunched their way across pebbled paths and wooden boardwalks that led from the public parking areas to a meeting hall where registration for the event was taking place. They'd come from across the 50 states, some planning to stay a few days, others through all of April. Some wore guns strapped to their sides. Others carried video cameras. Many identified themselves as former Marines.

"This is not a war, this is an assembly under the First Amendment. We're here to present our case to the American public," organizer Jim Gilchrist, a retired accountant from Southern California, shouted from a balcony landing to dozens of reporters shortly before noon as supporters cheered. Asked whether he was worried about retribution by gangs that smuggle people and drugs across the border, Gilchrist said he wasn't scared. Buoyed by the crowd, he added, "I can't think of a better reason to die than the First Amendment."

As speakers, including conservative commentator Bay Buchanan and Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., gave speeches inside the hall, criticizing President Bush and applauding the so-called Minutemen, immigrant rights advocates set up their own show, beating drums, clanging cowbells, wearing feather headdresses and carrying signs. One read, "No borders, no racists." A young man wore a Che Guevara T-shirt. An older woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty.

But for all the rhetoric and kitsch of the day, the overall mood of the gathering was peaceful and friendly.

"It's a party atmosphere," said City Marshal Kenn Barrett, who was flanked by about 30 Arizona Rangers deputized for the day.

Gilchrist downplayed the likelihood of any future confrontations. Volunteers are to be trained over the weekend before going to the border starting Monday morning, and Gilchrist said there would be "no engagement. You will observe. You will report. You will avoid any contact."

As they came and went, the Minutemen chatted in small clusters, generally talking calmly about their concerns for America's long-term economic prospects, free trade policy, overcrowding in public schools, the burden undocumented workers who lack insurance place on hospitals and local government resources, and their fears that Islamic terrorists are slipping unchecked into the United States across an insufficiently protected border. Many were sensitive to accusations that they are vigilantes, or racists.

"I'm not even mad at the immigrants, I'm mad at the (U.S. and Mexican) governments, both of them," said Tim Donnelly, a 38-year-old plastics supplier and father of five from Twin Peaks, Calif. "They've got to seal the border and get serious about it. And I want them to crack down on employers who are tax cheats. You've got big business exploiting people," he said. "I see these people as economic refugees, not as criminals."

Greg Sheehan, 43, of Altoona, Pa., said the idea that employers can't find Americans to do certain jobs is bogus. As the owner of two hotels, he said, "All my employees are native-born Americans. We do background checks."

Another participant, Yeh Ling-Ling of Oakland, a Vietnam-born woman of Chinese descent who came legally to the United States in 1980, said immigration of low-skilled workers is hurting the nation as it struggles with a trade deficit, overcrowded schools and budget woes. She is executive director of a group called the Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America.

"The U.S. is no longer what it used to be," she said. "American children are falling behind."

A 65-year-old government worker and retired Marine from Oceanside, Calif., who asked to be identified only by his first name, Len, said he is concerned that a lack of sufficient patrolling and barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border is an invitation to terrorists.

"Why are American forces defending the borders of Iraq and not the borders of the U.S.?" he asked. "There's a bigger threat to our security through the southern border in terms of a direct attack on our infrastructure than from Syria or Lebanon. It just hasn't materialized yet."

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'Vigilantes'

We've reached a very strange moment in the immigration debate. On Wednesday President Bush condemned a group of good American citizens worried about the breaking of U.S. immigration law. He condemned the organizers of Project Minuteman as "vigilantes" even though they have broken no law and pledge not to do so. An hour or two later, Mr. Bush welcomed to his Texas ranch a man who insults the United States for its immigration policy and leads a government that routinely flouts U.S. immigration law.

  Mexican President Vicente Fox hit a trifecta of contempt for the United States and its laws over the past week. First, he accused Americans of taking no pride in their country because the government is building fences in San Diego to keep out those who try to enter the country in defiance of the law. Next, he scoffed at the concern of U.S. authorities that terrorists may be crossing the U.S. border. Then, he vowed to stamp out the work of Project Minuteman and other efforts by Americans to protect their country. When Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona told Mr. Fox to show "a little less disdain for the rule of law north of the border," he was being only too polite. Nevertheless, Mr. Bush welcomed Mr. Fox to his home.
    It's worth reviewing how we got here. First, the Bush administration has failed to do all it could do, and should do, to curtail illegal immigration. The most recent analysis, out this week from the Pew Hispanic Center, suggests that 10.3 million undocumented aliens live in the United States, up 23 percent from the estimated 8.4 million who were here only four years ago. Most are Mexicans. This has happened in large part because Mr. Bush seems not to be concerned about the growing tide of illegal immigration. He declined to provide in his 2006 budget for hiring the 2,000 additional border agents he promised in the intelligence bill he signed in December. Mr. Bush wants to hire only 210.
    Meanwhile, the Mexican government has engaged in an unprecedented campaign to encourage the breaking of U.S. law. As we pointed out in January, the Mexican government publishes and distributes pamphlets instructing would-be illegals on how to evade detection at the border, and how to lie low once they're here. All the while, Mr. Fox continues a high-decibel campaign of rhetorical contempt for U.S. law.
    Amid this chaos, states, local governments and citizen groups have responded. In Arizona, whose illegal population has grown fastest, a citizen initiative called Proposition 200 passed with a solid majority in November to place curbs on the distribution of public benefits to illegals. Many Hispanic citizens voted for it. Now, Project Minuteman -- a border-monitoring effort slated to begin April 1 -- has swollen to more than a thousand volunteers with 30 private planes to monitor activity on the border 24 hours a day, reporting what they find to the Border Patrol.
    Mr. Bush's description of the Minutemen as vigilantes is a misreading of American history. The vigilantes were a lynch mob. The Minutemen are an expanded version of the Neighborhood Watch programs popular in many American cities. It's sad to see an American president roll out a royal welcome to a foreign dignitary so openly contemptuous of U.S. law, while simultaneously condemning Americans who are trying to help duly constituted authorities enforce the law. http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20050324-075949-5943r.htm

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Bush decries border project


By James G. Lakely
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

WACO, Texas President Bush yesterday said he opposes a civilian project to monitor illegal aliens crossing the border, characterizing them as "vigilantes."
     He said he would pressure Congress to further loosen immigration law.
    More than 1,000 people including 30 pilots and their private planes have volunteered for the Minuteman Project, beginning next month along the Arizona-Mexico border. Civilians will monitor the movement of illegal aliens for the month of April and report them to the Border Patrol.

Mr. Bush said after yesterday's continental summit, with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin at Baylor University, that he finds such actions unacceptable.
    "I'm against vigilantes in the United States of America," Mr. Bush said at a joint press conference. "I'm for enforcing the law in a rational way."
    The Minuteman Project was born out of a long-held perception among many residents that more Border Patrol agents are needed to handle the flow of illegal immigrants.
    Mr. Bush was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats earlier this month for failing to add 2,000 agents to the Border Patrol, as set out in the intelligence overhaul legislation he signed in December.
    The president's 2006 budget allows enough money to add only 210 agents for the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico.
    Mr. Bush said he will "continue to push for reasonable, common-sense immigration policy." He has proposed legislation to grant guest-worker status to millions of illegal aliens already in the United States.
    The legislation has attracted scant support in Congress, where it is widely regarded as another amnesty that will encourage even more illegal immigration.
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, says Democrats have been willing to work with Mr. Bush, but that first the president must persuade congressmen of his own party to embrace his plan.
    "Unfortunately, the right wing of the president's party continues to put forward proposals that neither help make progress towards comprehensive immigration reform, nor help truly protect our borders," Mr. Reid said.
    Mr. Fox, who has said he seeks an open border, has applied constant pressure on Mr. Bush to get the guest-worker program through Congress. Mr. Bush has pledged that he will do all he can.
    Mr. Fox said yesterday that his country is dedicated to making sure border crossings are legal and orderly. "We discussed the issue of border crossings and how we can protect our borders and be efficient along the border."
    The official agenda of the one-day summit was centered on economic matters and the three leaders reached agreement on what they called the establishment of the "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America," designed to build upon the North American Free Trade Agreement.
    Mr. Martin said he pressed Mr. Bush to get the United States to drop its ban on the importation of Canadian beef imposed because of fears of spreading mad cow disease and to reduce tariffs on softwood lumber, but no commitments were made.
    Canada earlier this year said it would not participate in the U.S. missile-defense program, and Mr. Martin said there is little chance he would change his mind. "On [missile defense], the file is closed," Mr. Martin said.
    "But our cooperation in terms of defense, in terms of our borders, in terms of defense of our common our frontiers is very is not only very clear, but it is being accentuated."
    Mr. Bush said he had not imposed a June deadline on North Korea to rejoin talks with the United States, Russia, South Korea, Japan and China with the intention of North Korea giving up its nuclear-weapons program.
    "I'm a patient person," Mr. Bush said. "But the leader of North Korea must understand that when we five nations speak, we mean what we say."
     Stephen Dinan contributed to this report from Washington.  http://www.washtimes.com/national/20050324-122200-6209r.htm 

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Bush 'amnesty' blamed for rise in illegals


By Stephen Dinan
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The number of illegal aliens being apprehended on the southwestern border has jumped 25 percent in the first three months of 2004 compared with last year, and some are blaming President Bush's immigration proposal in January for enticing immigrants across the border.
    "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell you the president's speech was the catalyst for lots of folks to make their way north and try to get into this country in order to get what they accurately believe to be amnesty," said Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican and chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus.
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    The increase in apprehensions was driven by a spike within the two Arizona sectors, Yuma and Tucson, which saw increases of 60 percent and 51 percent, respectively.
    And if apprehensions are increasing, so is the number of illegal aliens making it across the border freely, said Mr. Tancredo and current and former immigration law-enforcement officials, who said they assume for every one person caught, three make it across safely.
    On Jan. 7, Mr. Bush proposed a guest-worker program that would, among other provisions, give perpetual temporary legal status to workers already in the United States. Mr. Bush says his plan doesn't amount to an amnesty, but Mr. Tancredo said that's how those in other countries see it.
    "The rest of the world knows exactly what he said. A Mexican peasant in Chiapas interpreted it correctly," he said.
    Immigration is cyclical, and apprehensions along the southwestern border typically jump from December to January, when immigrants travel after the Christmas holiday, then remain high through the spring. But this year's jump was markedly higher.
    In the Yuma sector, for example, apprehensions jumped 114 percent from December 2002 to January 2003. But this past year, they jumped 222 percent from December to January.

   For the three-month period overall, six of the nine southwestern sectors saw increases when compared with 2003, and three sectors saw decreases, including a 28 percent decrease from 37,297 to 26,999 in the El Centro sector in California.
    The jump also has been sustained for the first three months. In Tucson, the busiest sector, 248,645 immigrants were apprehended from Jan. 1 through Wednesday, a 53 percent increase over the same period last year.
    Mario Villarreal, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C., didn't return a call for comment on the numbers.
    Others, though, said economic factors are more important in drawing immigrants than the president's proposal.
    "The word may very well be around that you ought to try to get into the country because something may happen," said Doris Meissner, former commissioner of the defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service. "But that being said, the reasons for migration and the underlying economic factors that fuel it are much more fundamental and enduring than that kind of word.
    "It is really a response not only to workers that are available in Mexico that are looking for better wages, but because of the demand in the United States," said Mrs. Meissner, who is now at the D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute.
    She said the news that U.S. employers added more than 300,000 jobs in March matters more than the president's proposal.
    And Nestor Rodriguez, a professor and co-director of the Center for Immigration Research at the University of Houston, said attributing the jump to the president's policy "gives too much credit to the media in Latin America and Mexico."
    Mr. Rodriguez said he monitors Mexican radio and gets newspapers from the region and hasn't seen very much coverage of Mr. Bush's announcement.
    "I will say most people don't know about the Bush plan," he said.
    Mrs. Meissner also disputed the assumption that for every one person apprehended, another three make it through, calling it "purely Border Patrol lore."
    Earlier this year, Border Patrol agents were asking those they apprehended about whether the Bush proposal had prompted them to come, and after the agents reported that it was a factor, they were told not to ask anymore.
    But even then, TJ Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said, "People were coming up to our agents and saying, 'Where do we sign up for that guest-worker program, or that amnesty?' "
    "Word travels like wildfire down there," he said.
    Several people said another reason for the spike in apprehensions could be increased enforcement along the Arizona border. More agents and better technology means more apprehensions in the short term, and then the number drops over time as immigrants test other areas along the border instead.
    In mid-March the Department of Homeland Security announced new resources to patrol the Arizona border, including 60 temporary search-and-rescue agents, 200 permanent agents, $4 million for use of unmanned aerial vehicles, and $1 million in new sensors to detect illegal aliens crossing.
    "What happens is, yes, you have this increased fortification in an area, and it definitely results in a higher apprehensions," said Kathleen Walker, an immigration lawyer in Texas and member of the national executive council of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
    "The current expectation is we have a soft spot [in Texas] in the Del Rio-Presidio area," she said. "That's supposed to be another site now where we're expecting higher numbers of people moving from the Arizona area." http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20040416-120211-3587r.htm

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The Terrorist Highway

By Martin Brass
Soldier of Fortune Magazine

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Illegal immigration is out of hand, because of this emphasis on political correctness and nondiscrimination, combined with insufficient screening and intelligence. Further, even with legal immigration there is little or no follow-up surveillance to weed out the terrorists who slip through our highly porous net. Immigration is on an upsurge since the end of the Cold War, when open doors allowed floods of migrants and human traffickers.

Traffickers and Terrorists

In 2002, an Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) official told Congress, "Information available to the INS indicates terrorist organizations often use human smuggling operations to move around the globe." An unnamed former Mexican official said, "Spanish and Islamic terrorist groups are using Mexico as a refuge."

Documented illegal immigration more than doubled in the last decade, growing, by conservative counts, from 3.5 million in 1990 to 8 million in 2000. Steven A. Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, estimates that at least 13 million will immigrate to the United States in this decade.

A 2002 census showed that at least 115,000 illegal aliens from the Middle East are in the United States, 24,000 of whom are from Israel. Forty thousand illegal aliens come from Pakistan. Those figures don't include Algeria and Egypt and other North African countries, for unexplained reasons.

6000 Fugitives

Six thousand Middle Easterners, fugitives from deportation orders, roam the country. Among them was international crime ringleader Iraqi George Tajirian, who charged up to $15,000 a head for trafficking a thousand illegal immigrants, some known to have ties with terrorist organizations, reports Michelle Malkin in Insight.

Two Egyptians were arrested for smuggling illegals on flights to Brazil, then Guatemala, through Mexico, to the United States. Mohammed Hussein Assadi was convicted of smuggling Iraqis through Cali, Colombia, Ecuador and other South American cities. Assadi supplied stolen and altered European passports and airfare for $8,000 per person.

"Market of Passports" vendors in Northern Iraq sell forged documents for travel through Turkey, to Ecuador, to Colombia, to the United States. The illegals are instructed to destroy the fake documents before entry into the U.S., and surrender to U.S. immigration officials without disclosing their nationalities. The U.S. "catch and release" policy then allows them to flee pending deportation proceedings.

Camarota says "It is difficult to overstate the implications of this new report for the security of our nation. While the vast majority of illegals from the Middle East are not terrorists, the fact that tens of thousands of people from that region--and millions more from the rest of the world--can settle in the U.S. illegally means that terrorists who wish to do so face few obstacles. We cannot protect ourselves from terrorism without dealing with illegal immigration."

The Clinton Administration did not give this problem the attention it obviously needed.

While Janet Reno and intelligence agencies were focusing on organized U.S. militia groups they had demonized, incinerating an eccentric Texas cult--killing women and children--and on pounding the hell out of Serbia, simultaneously empowering the Taliban-trained terrorist KLA factions in the Balkans, terrorist operatives were planning their attacks and picking their targets in the U.S..

United Sodom of America

Meanwhile, the sensationalist American media's obsession with broadcasting the Monica Lewinsky scandal all over the world gave the Islamic extremist terrorists' sick minds the ammunition they needed as they conspired to shock the world by attacking the "immoral, depraved," "United Sodom of America."

Terrorists sneaked in and out of Western, technologically advanced and immigration lax U.S. and Western Europe. The terrorist operators learned to navigate undetected in and out of U.S. borders, taunting U.S. intelligence. They boldly targeted U.S. targets.

In 1993, one of the World Trade Center bombers was illegal alien Mohammed Salameh. In 1997, Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer, illegal alien, conspired to bomb the New York subway system. Three thousand, seven hundred U.S. consular officers throughout the world issue visas without many guidelines. Eighty percent of 8 million visa applications are approved every year. The State Department manual used by consular officials states that "mere membership" in a recognized terrorist group, or even "advocacy of terrorism," does not automatically disqualify a person from entering the U.S., according to the Phyllis Schlafly Report.

Associate Chief, Veteran Border Patrol official J. William Carter (Ret.) says, "The 1986 amnesty law perpetuated document fraud. Counterfeiters went wild. If an undocumented worker wanted to travel to Los Angeles or Chicago from Tijuana, the alien smuggler would charge $1,500 to $5,000, including travel documents, because fradulent documents were so readily available. Sometimes a document package would be sold for as little as $25.

Not only do terrorist operatives take advantage of illegal immigration, many have learned how to maneuver through the system after having immigrated legally, and are allowed to roam free without proper intelligence surveillance.

The Center for Immigration Studies concluded that lax immigration enforcement was partially responsible for attacks within the United States:

"By not adequately policing the borders; by not enforcing time limits on visas and the ban on hiring illegals; by allowing illegals to attend college, open bank accounts, and obtain driver's licenses with little difficulty and by not even ensuring that those who are ordered deported actually go home, it is inevitable that millions of illegal aliens will settle in the U.S., including tens of thousands from the primary terrorist-sending countries"(Worldnetdaily)

Most of the 9-11 terrorists had Florida and Virginia or other driver's licenses or ID cards. Some of these were obtained without citizenship or proper residence in the place that issued the documents. Kingpin Mohammad Atta, while exploiting the system, cunningly changed his short term tourist visa to a longer term student one, enabling him to remain legally in the United States long enough to attend flight school, and to travel in and out of the United States to meet with al-Qaeda co-conspirators [C.I.S.].

Green Cards

Eleven of 48 terrorists acting in the United States since 1993 had green cards, signifying permanant residency. Another, Mahmud Abouhalima had become a legal resident after lying about being an agricultural worker, allowing him to get a green card after the 1986 illegal-alien amnesty. His green card allowed him to travel to Afghanistan for training, then reenter the U.S., according to the C.I.S.

Sometimes an alert and determined citizen can force the system to work. Zacharias Moussaoui, was left out of the 9-11 action because observant instructors reported suspicious behavior at the Pan Am International Flight Academy in Minnesota. Moussaoui did not want to learn how to take off or land, but wanted to know how to steer a 747 jumbo jet in flight.

The FBI was slow to act, by many accounts. Moussaoui was detained by the INS for violating his visa just one month before the fatal attacks in New York and Washington.

Another potential 9-11 hijacker, Al-Qahtani, was turned away by a U.S. immigration agent at Orlando International Airport in late August 2001, two senior law enforcement agents told AP. But 19 hijackers slipped through the cracks after years of conspiring.

Then Came 9-11

The 9-11 hijackings were the result of "a problem of the U.S. government allowing illegal aliens to roam freely in our country and of promiscuously issuing visas without proper certifications. It is also a problem of our government failing to enforce current immigration and visa laws, and failing to deport illegal aliens including those who overstay their visas.

Three of the hijackers were here illegally, and the other 16 were here legally, through sloppy visa checks and nonexistent follow-up procedures. At least 16 of the 19 hijackers fit in one or more of these categories," claims the Schlafly Report.

For two weeks before 9-11 the FBI was searching for one of the 9-11 terrorists who had met with a suspected USS Cole bomber. The hijacker's visa application read "Marriott, New York City," although he had never gone to any of the 10 Marriotts there.

"It's a Constitutional Crisis"

The immigration flood has reached constitutional crisis proportions, according to Thomas G. Tancredo (R-6th), with whom we met in Denver at the beginning of the research for this article. Tancredo was fired up about the threat that illegal immigration poses, and has been a high profile activist. He believes that Mexico is the base for terror cells and that terrorists flow over our unrestricted southern borders.

In Arizona, on a road north of the city of Douglas called the "Arab Road," Arabs or Middle Easterners, are charged $30,000 to be smuggled into the U.S., Tancredo claims [ParaPundit.com]. Immigration, Tancredo wrote "is balkanizing America to where upwards of 8 million people living here are so undecided about their loyalties that they claim dual citizenships. The problem is so urgent, that, "We must immediately gain control of our borders. This can be done with the use of technology ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles and electronic sensors to cameras and radar. This must be backed up with human resources -- including military support.

"The defense of the nation begins with the defense of the borders. We must identify and deport felons and potential terrorists among the millions of illegal immigrants. Civil libertarians have thrown up obstacles, forgetting that the citizens' right to protection of life and property is the FIRST civil liberty of a free people.

"Becoming an American citizen is not something you gain by crossing a border. It is something you acquire through education and adoption of a new loyalty to American institutions," he wrote.

The FBI has identified 1,000 Osama bin Laden sympathizers living in 30 cities in the United States, according to Justice Department sources. This number, ParaPundit.com points out, is a fraction of identified al-Qaeda sympathizers in country, and the statistics only "scratch the surface." Terrorists can escape wiretapping detection by using encrypted e-mail messages on the internet, and FBI foreign language capabilities are inadequate.

The Tijuana Ring

Last year a ringleader of a smuggling ring, Salim Boughader Mucharrafille, a Mexican of Arab descent, was sentenced in the United States to one year for people smuggling. He returned to business as usual in Mexico where he was once more arrested. An accomplice, Imelda Ortiz Abdala, Arabic-Mexican, a 25 year Mexican foreign service veteran, was fired after 150 Mexican passports were stolen and two others issued improperly [Freerepublic.com].

Ortiz was in Beirut, Lebanon from May 1998 to October 2001, heading the Mexican consular section. She allegedly issued a Mexican visa to Alafani Sghir, a Shiite extremist. She was arrested in Mexico for aiding a smuggling ring trafficking Arab migrants through Mexico to the United States after Youseff Balaghi, one of the 80 to 100 migrants smuggled into the United States with stolen or forged passports, was admitted to a San Diego hospital, vomiting blood. He died a short time later.

Al-Qaeda held a meeting in Mexico in 2001 to make contacts with Venezuelan, Bolivian, Peruvian and Ecuadorian terrorists. Al-Qaeda operates in Latin America, and has ties to the Columbian FARC. Mexico's national security adviser Adolfo Aguilar admitted the presence of Islamic radicals in Mexico, who were identified by the media as being members of Hezbollah.

Border Badlands

I spoke with a New Mexico entrepreneur who voiced the concern of many of his Latino colleagues. The Latinos, Arabs, Pakistanis, and Afghanis, who have many common facial features, some of whom are al-Qaeda or other terrorist group operatives, can easily mix in together unnoticed. The problem is that many of the Latinos and other groups have no desire to assimilate. They create their own reality and culture, including rival drug trafficking gangs, without loyalty to America. Terrorists can easily be smuggled in or even allowed to operate within their enclaves. Although Mexican officials do cooperate with their U.S. counterparts, the Mexican government is largely helpless in combating the violence of the Mexican drug cartels, and corrupt customs and police officials.

One task force source told WND that a spectacular Mexico-based attack is "not anymore a question of if, but rather of when and where." Guadalajara and Tijuana are harboring anti-American terror cells. Al-Qaeda and other allied organizations are expanding operations in Latin America, establishing both legitimate and criminal enterprises to fund future operations.

Jihadists and Drug Dealers

Ruthless youth gangs including the Mara-18 and Salvatrucha from Honduras and Guatemala are operating in Chiapas state and as far north as Tijuana. Those with ties to radical Islamic Jihadists and drug dealers filter in from Central America, preying on illegal immigrants. Terrorists are making serious preparations to infiltrate the U.S.-Mexico borders. There are threats on NASA's Johnson Space Center, the George Bush International Airport, and industrial oil and energy targets, according to WND.

Our borders have become outlaw country. Human traffickers charge desperate or suspect immigrants enormous fees. Drug gangs have married up with human traffickers to exploit this multi-million dollar trade. Mexican, U.S., Canadian and other consulate, customs and enforcement officials have cashed in on the profits.

Homeless scorch in the heat and drown in the rivers as they try to reach the Promised Land. Sex slave trade traffickers are making bundles of cash. And many border guards are dying.

Dr. Martin Brass is an International Lawyer and longtime contributor to SOF.

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Why You Need a Mexican ID

Mexican Sham ID FAQ
...also applies to similar bogus IDs issued by Guatemala, etc.
 
http://www.americanpatrol.com/REFERENCE/MatriculaConsularShamIDs.html






Q. Why should I get a Mexican ID?
A. Criminal Friendly Cities like Los Angeles that recognize the ID, will make life easier for you if you carry the ID.

Q. What are the advantages of having a Mexican ID?
A. A Mexican ID can be used in lieu of a driver's license to access a wide range of public services in the City and County of Los Angeles.

Q. Do I have to be a Mexican to get a Mexican ID?
A. No, you only have to present a forged Mexican Birth Certificate to the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.

Q. What if I am an Anglo Criminal. Can I still get a Mexican ID?
A. Technically, yes. But unlike our local authorities, the Mexican Government profiles. The Consulate might get suspicious if you have blond hair and blue eyes.

Q. Many Mexicans like myself were born in a small village where most of the newborn didn't even obtain birth certificates.
A. Not to worry. Use a forged birth certificate which you can obtain for $25.00 on Alvarado Blvd in the Mac Arthur Park section of L.A. The Mexican Consulate does not verify the information on the birth certificate. But even if they did, they are no better at verifying birth certificates than the L.A. City Council.

Q. What if I get stopped for going through a red light. Will I be deported?
A. No. Upon presenting your Mexican ID, the LAPD officer who stops you, will know that you are illegally in the country, otherwise you wouldn't need the Mexican ID in the first place. Deporting you would defeat the purpose of the ID. You will only get a ticket.

Q. Will I have to pay the ticket?
A. No. You won't have to pay the ticket because it will be too much trouble to track you down. But to be on the safe side, you should have several false Mexican IDs to show on different occasions to confuse your identity. None of your IDs should have the correct address or contact information. LAPD officers will not be able to do a "make" on you to verify any information you give them. Remember, once an LAPD officer gives you a ticket, he's done and you are on your way.

Q. What if I am a fugitive and get stopped for going through a red light in a car that I just stole. Will I go to jail?
A. No. When you present your Mexican ID to the LAPD officer, he will have no way of knowing that you are a serial killer or that you just stole the car you were stopped in. The worst that will happen is that the car you just stole will be impounded and the officer will tell you that you will have to walk home. But you won't have to walk home if you steal another car.

Q. If I am an American Citizen or legal resident who has a valid ID such as a driver's license, is there an advantage to also obtaining a Mexican ID?
A. Yes. There is a big advantage for criminals to use a Mexican ID instead of a valid California driver's license. If you are stopped by an LAPD officer for an infraction, he won't know that you are a criminal if you show a Mexican ID. That's why it is a good idea to leave your California driver's license home.

Q. Why would the Mexican Consulate issue a Mexican ID if I already have a valid California ID?
A. The Mexican government recognizes dual citizenship. If you or your mother are from Mexico, they will be happy to provide you with a supplemental Mexican ID. But just to stay on the safe side, don't tell them that you are an American Citizen or Legal Resident.

Q. What happens if the Mexican Consulate figures out that I am trying to obtain a Mexican ID with a false birth certificate?
A. Nothing. But they won't let you have the ID.

dot FAQ courtesy of Mr. Hal Netkin of LAWatchdog.com

http://www.americanpatrol.com/REFERENCE/MatriculaConsularShamIDs.html

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