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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Illegal Border Crossing: The Silent Terrorism

Living in the desert Southwest, in a border state, the presence of illegal aliens has always been a feature of life. They'd work occasionally for neighboring ranchers, and you saw them occasionally hitchhiking or walking up, or back home, along the frontage roads for I-25. But, things have changed.
More illegals are crossing the borders on a daily basis. More ranchers in border counties are having problems with the illegals (and the coyotes moving them). More drugs are being run across the border with illegals, or with increasingly violent methods.
It makes the news here occasionally, but not that often. The biggest stink about it was when the MinuteMen were garnering all that media attention earlier this year, and folks here were stirred up about them coming over from Arizona. Other than that, it usually doesn't really get that much coverage. Nationally it gets even less.
But the threat not only remains, its getting worse. The economic threat to American jobs is the absolute least of it.
I can count on one hand the number of times in the last six months I've seen footage of illegals coming in, being arrested or being deported on TV, where all of them appeared to be Mexican or South American. Too many times I am seeing too many people who look anything but Hispanic. Saudi? Iranian? Afghani? Chechen? Could be, could well be.
This article, Images From The Battleground, from the Tucson Weekly shares some interesting statistics on just this problem - Ignore the rhetoric and look at the numbers:

"The Border Patrol doesn't release a by-nation breakdown of those it arrests, and the agency is particularly tight-lipped about arrests of special interest aliens, known as SIAs. These are individuals from the list of about 35 countries the U.S. considers terror threats. But the Weekly has obtained SIA arrest figures from a federal law enforcement source who asked to remain anonymous.

From 2000 through 2003, plus the first nine months of fiscal 2004, agents in the Tucson sector, and the Arizona office of the Yuma sector, arrested 132 SIAs. The numbers include 10 from Afghanistan, seven from Iran, 12 from Yemen, 11 from Pakistan and three from Iraq.

Using the common estimate that the Border Patrol only catches one out of every three who cross, or as some believe, one of every five, we can calculate that upward of 660 individuals from terror-threat nations have crossed into our country through Arizona.

Those SIA arrest figures, by the way, include six individuals from Saudi Arabia, the country that produced 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 maniacs."

That's one area of the nations borders, in one state. One Hundred and Thirty Two people is enough for 6 September Eleventh sized operational cells.
Reduce the cell size to 5, which would be a good number for a cell making systems disruption attacks here in the west, and that's enough people for 26 cells.
Are they all going to be terrorists? No. Not a single one of them is, necessarily. If I was from any of those countries, I'd want to come here now too. But, the possibility exists that some of them are.
Even better, Al Qaeda and those within its network have shown a great ability to learn and adapt their methodologies. The border weakness is just the kind of open-hole that would be useful to them.

The best we (the Southwest states, the United States) seem to be able to do about it is things like this: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050827/ap_on_re_us/border_bulldozing
And anyone who thinks that will stop anything is delusional. The people in that town probably make a good amount of money providing shelter and operational bases for would-be illegals, and the coyotes. Razing un-used properties will change diddly. Money talks, bullshit walks, and that's bullshit.

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