Border Patrol issues new border terrorist warning
Lou Dobbs Tonight, Broken Borders, Aired 11/28/06
DOBBS: The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol today admitted that our porous borders are a gateway for terrorists and threaten our national security. And one federal program seems to be having some success training local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws.
Bill Tucker reports on the program helping a sheriff's department deal with illegal immigration.
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Lou, while politicians in Washington, D.C., debate the merits of a border fence and illegal alien amnesty, the head of the Border Patrol says they should instead focus on preventing terrorists from crossing our borders.
Border Patrol chief David Aguilar told a Texas homeland security conference it's critical to stop illegal aliens and drugs but more important to prevent another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
DAVID AGUILAR, BORDER PATROL CHIEF: It is not just illegal immigration. It is not just narcotics. It is national security. We must not lose sight of the fact that there are those that see our country's borders as gateways, gateways to martyrdom, and a means to achieve their extremist goals of destroying our way of life.
WIAN: He emphasized the point with video of more than a hundred illegal aliens.
AGUILAR: I would ask anybody to tell me where the narcotic trafficker is, where the person looking for a job is in there, or more importantly, where that person trying to hide amongst that group is -- that is trying to come into this country a hurt (ph) to the United States.
WIAN: Aguilar did not take a position on amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens already in the United States, and he downplayed the importance of 700 miles of new border fencing. He says the 12,000-agent Border Patrol is beginning to receive the resources it needs.
One key senator advocates doubling the number of Border Patrol agents.
SEN. JOHN CORNYN (R), TEXAS: We are a nation of immigrants and we are the better for it. But we are also a nation of laws. And we can't look ourselves in the mirror today and lay claim to that heritage as a nation of laws with such rampant disregard for our laws, whether it's our immigration laws at the border or at the work site. And it has devastating consequences.
WIAN: Cornyn says it's time the Border Patrol receive the same sophisticated technology now used by the U.S. military.
The Border Patrol says an 8 percent decline in apprehensions of illegal aliens this year is evidence its strategies are beginning to pay off, because, Lou, it says fewer people are now trying to cross the border illegally.
DOBBS: And yet, to hear Aguilar, who is a fine, decent fellow, say what we've been saying on this broadcast for literally the past four years, as if it is some sort of revelation, Casey, and yet at the same time acknowledge that we're not doing nearly enough to secure these borders, where is the sense in all of this?
WIAN: Well, I think it is an effort by the chief of the Border Patrol to try to refocus the national debate on border security strategy, because people have gotten so bogged down in the issue of illegal alien amnesty, in the issue of 700 miles or 300 miles or 2,000 miles of fences along the border. As he rightly points out, these are only parts of the solutions to this problem. It's multifaceted. He needs a lot more resources and a true national commitment to securing the border, which we haven't seen from Washington -- Lou.
DOBBS: It is a shame that Aguilar thinks that he has to have some sort of politically correct permission from Americans who have, by vast majorities in every poll, said they want that border secure, five years after September 11th, for the very reasons that we've been talking about on this broadcast. Mexico is the number one source of the most dangerous drugs being imported into this country. It is a potential gateway, as he says, to terrorists into this country, which we have been saying since September 11th.
And the fact that illegal immigration, because there's some sort of ideological, hidebound orthodoxy, both the left and the right, that doesn't want to deal with the issue, it's unexcitable.
WIAN: Well, listening to Aguilar's remarks today, it sounded to me as if they were directed toward political leaders in Washington and not to ordinary Americans, who are far too aware of the problems created by our open borders -- Lou.
Harry S Truman:
Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
"I started out as a right-winger, and when I retire I want to be a squishy middle-of-the-roader," he jokes, chortling at the thought. (Grover should be close to retirement if that's his mark!)
The GOP can't even figure out why they lost 06.
So how are they going to figure out how to win in 08?
5 posted on 11/27/2006 7:49:39 PM PST by TomGuy
To: Ben Ficklin
If the illegals hadn't been allowed in to begin with do you think all these conservative counties and states would suddenly be going democrat? What's your answer? No need to tell me, I already know, since you want the endless train of cheap labor as well as the GOP power for the lower taxes and regulations you expect conservatives to kiss up to the invaders. Nope, not going to happen...
16 posted on 11/22/2006 7:44:36 PM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
RACIST: Spanish word for a person who wants the law to be enforced!