Border Security and the Immigration Colander

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When you consider how many ways an alien may enter the United States it is absurd to focus all attention on just the Southwest Border of the United States that involves just four of America’s 50 states.

In point of fact, it has been estimated that 40% of the illegal aliens who are present in the United States did not run our border and evade the inspections process that is supposed to prevent the entry of aliens whose presence would be harmful to America or Americans but entered the United States through ports of entry and went on, in various ways, to violate the terms of their admission into the United States.

Furthermore, some illegal aliens gain entry into the United States by stowing away on ships, illegal disembark from ships on which they work and are referred to as “ship-jumpers” or enter without inspection from Canada.

Yet the immigration debate has disingenuously focused nearly exclusively, on the need to secure America’s Southwest Border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico.

Of course, given the ongoing crisis involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied minor illegal aliens, primarily from Central America, who are showing up along the Southwest Border of the United States having illegally entered the United States, it is clear that this border must be made secure.  However, it is foolhardy to not pay attention to all of the other entry points and methods of entry employed by illegal aliens.  It is no less foolish to ignore the other failings of the immigration system that enable criminals and terrorists to game the process by which visas are issued and immigration benefits are conferred upon aliens.

The easiest way to visualize the immigration system is to consider the configuration of a colander.

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a colander thusly:

col·an·der noun \ˈkä-lən-dər, ˈkə-\

: a bowl that has many small holes and that is used for washing or draining food

Consider that each of the holes in the colander is comparable to a hole in the immigration system.  Politicians who attempt to convince us that all that is necessary as a pre-requisite for implementing Comprehensive Immigration Reform is to secure the US/Mexican border are, in essence, claiming that if you plug one hole in the bottom of a colander it could then be used as a bucket to carry water.

How preposterous is that?

If you want to use a colander as a bucket to carry water, all of the holes need to be plugged.

No less than national security and public safety hang in the balance.

Imagine that from time to time that colander is not used to carry water but a deadly liquid, that must not be released.  This is not unlike the fact that among the aliens seeking to enter the United States in violation of our laws, are terrorists and pernicious criminals with deadly intentions.

Yet the politicians are so hell-bent on passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform that they willfully ignore the other failures of the immigration system upon which national security depends.

Think back to the politicians who, in the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, demanded to know “Why no one connected the dots?”  Think back to the statements frequently made that the terrorists need to get it right only once while our government needs to get it right 100% of the time.

Each hole in the colander represents a hole in the system which must get it right 100% of the time.

The concept of getting it right at all times was, and continues to be used, as justification for the continual erosion of our expectations of privacy and freedom.

This concept is used as justification for the ever more invasive search we are forced to undergo before boarding airliners.  Indeed, we generally accept these invasive searches because of our concerns about the potential that hijackers could once again take control of an airliner and use it as a de facto cruise missile.

However, there are many ways that terrorists can launch attacks inside the United States that don’t involve airliners, as we saw on May 1, 2010 when Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen who had immigrated to the United States from Pakistan and naturalized the year before he attempted to set off a car bomb, parked in highly congested “Crossroads of the World,” Times Square.

At the time of his arrest two days after the attempted attack, Shahzad was arrested as he sat on an an Emirates Airline flight waiting to take off for Dubai.  Reportedly more than a dozen of his accomplices were arrested in Pakistan.  All were reportedly acting under the direction of the Taliban.

On April 15, 2013 the Tsarnaev brothers carried out a deadly attack on the Boston Marathon.  The Tsarnaev family had been granted political asylum in the United States when they claimed “credible fear” that they could not safely return to their native Russia — that they would face persecution or worse.  No sooner had their applications for asylum been approved than they voluntarily returned to Russia.  It would certainly appear that they committed fraud in their applications.

On May 2, 2013 I was interviewed by Megyn Kelly of Fox News to discuss the immigration aspects of this case. Fox News posted a video of the interview on its website with the title: “Immigration Expert: The System Failed in Boston and Keeps on Failing.”

Our government should be as determined to keep terrorists and transnational criminals out of the United States as it is determined to prevent terrorists from gaining access to airliners.

Yet our government refuses to do what is necessary to prevent the entry of international terrorists and transnational criminals into the United States.  As a consequence we live among millions of illegal aliens who evaded the inspections process conducted at ports of entry by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Inspectors, that is supposed to keep dangerous foreign nationals out of the United States.

Consider the first paragraph found in the preface of the The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel:

“It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.”

If you doubt that our borders lack integrity, you may certainly consider the situation unfolding on the Southwest Border that has, of late, garnered such focused press coverage.  You may also consider that the United States is currently suffering from such a massive epidemic of heroin overdoses that police departments across the United States have taken to the unprecedented strategy of providing their officers with the antidote to heroin overdoses.

Heroin and cocaine are produced outside the United States.  Every gram of heroin and every gram of cocaine present in the United States represent incontrovertible evidence of a failure of border security.

It is worth noting that the proceeds from the sale of heroin and cocaine enrich the coffers of transnational criminal organizations and terrorist organizations, further endangering America and Americans.  It is worth noting that there is a direct nexus between drug use and crime- indeed, it is believed that the majority of crime, especially violent crime is connected to narcotics trafficking and the use of illegal drugs.

On July 4, 2014 NewsMax posted an article, “Rep. Michael McCaul: Military Bases Turning Into Refugee Camps” that began with the following paragraph:

Texas lawmakers have demanded that President Barack Obama finally secure the border, saying military bases are being overwhelmed as they house thousands of illegal immigrant children pouring into the United States every month.

The article further noted:

During a Homeland Security Committee field hearing in McAllen, Texas, attended by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, McCaul said that government statistics show 70 percent of the alien children risk life and limb to get into the United States illegally because they believe they will be allowed to stay.

“The border between the U.S. and Mexico is less secure than at any point in the recent past,” Perry told the field hearing, according to the Times. “Secure this border, Mr. president. Finally, address this issue and secure this border.”

Finally it is worthwhile considering this quote attributed to Rep. Bob Goodlatte the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, said Border Patrol agents had told GOP and Democratic lawmakers during their field trip that “the best way to stop this crisis is through deterrence,” The Washington Times reported.  “They were very clear that deterrence must be the focus and there must be an end to the so-called catch-and-release policy.”

Chairman Goodlatte is absolutely correct — effective deterrence is undoubtedly the only effective solution to the immigration crisis confronting America and Americans today.

However, thus far, precious few members of Congress are willing to go beyond the concept of securing the Southwest border to include plugging the other gaping holes in the immigration system that go well beyond the U.S./Mexican border.

“The Social Contract,” a quarterly journal, published my article, “Political Asylum: Where Compassion and National Security Intersect” in its Summer, 2013 edition, on how fraud in the political asylum program currently enables our enemies to see in America’s compassion, weakness.

On November 20, 2013, ABC News published this disconcerting article “Exclusive: US May Have Let ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees.”

On December 1, 2013 the Huffington Post ran a worrying report: “America Is ‘Less Safe’ Than 2 Years Ago, Intelligence Committee Chairs Say”

The report focused on statements made by Senator Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate’s Intelligence Committee, when she was interviewed for CNN’s program, “State of the Union.”

Here is how the report began:

Interviewed on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she believed that there are now more terrorists with the technological means to carry out a bombing in the U.S.

Here is an additional important excerpt from the Huffington Post article:

“I think terror is up worldwide,” said Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. “There are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks being reinforced for those bombs. There are bombs that go through magnetometers. The bomb-maker is still alive. There are more groups than ever. And there is huge malevolence out there.”

Feinstein added that there was “a real displaced aggression in this very fundamentalist jihadist Islamic community, and that is that the West is responsible for everything that goes wrong and that the only thing that’s going to solve this is Islamic Sharia law.”

On the same day, December 1, 2013 Newsmax posted the report that provided an even more dire warning: “Sen. Feinstein, Rep. Rogers: Terror Threat Greater Than Before Sept 11″

This report began with this unambiguous assessment:

The U.S. is in greater danger of a terrorist attack than it was prior to September 11 and has less ability to prevent such aggression by Islamist radicals, key congressional intelligence leaders said Sunday.

The report ended with the following statement:

Feinstein is pushing legislation to protect NSA practices but require more congressional reporting.

Feinstein is willing to accept a loss of privacy in the name of national security while she blithely ignores anything that relates to the 9/11 Commission, its findings or its recommendations.  She has many like-minded colleagues on both sides of the political aisle and in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

These politicians need to hear from their constituents, especially as election day approaches.

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

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  • tic…tic…BOOM

    The next attack will be big and bad. Obama will go on national TV and say how he read about it in the newspapers and he is outraged. He will order Holder to investigate and bring to account those who caused this disaster. Only he, with the help of Holder, McConnell, Boehner, Reid, Schumer, Pelosi and their fellow travelers in Congress and the federal government, were the tools who put these policies in place. Ultimately, the cause is the voters who put these people in office.

  • BMS

    I have no doubt that our President will, very shortly, declare all the ILLEGALS coming across the Southern border “refugees” and grant them citizenship and want the rest of America to pay for their food, shelter, education, health care, clothes, cell phones etc. He then will say we need to bring in all their relatives for “reunification” and further advance his goal to destroy what he perceives is evil “White America”. He is doing whatever he can to destroy this county. That is the CHANGE he promised, and the rhetoric that foolish Americans voted for.

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      And yet, anyone who expresses a word that’s positive toward white people, they are derided as “rac|st”. Obama is the figurehead for our problems, not the source. The source is white Americans who allowed this obvious double standard to fester. Turning it back will be violent.

      • DennisMets

        Problem is they have convinced so many whites to be ashamed of their race, LOL anything to keep their black youth hating the devil whites so they can keep their racist benefits going. of course blacks can have pride in their race and have the black caucuses to back them up and only pass laws that benefit blacks

        • Sheik Yerbouti

          On the surface it seems that domination is the only aim. Equality is a ruse. Unfortunately nobody seems to have counted on the sheer volume of hostile alpha males that would result. They spend more time killing each other than killing evil old whitey!

          • Drakken

            But just wait until the hostile white male say enough is enough and really lets his inner European DNA come out to play. That is when you see human nature at its worst and best. The 3rd worlders amongst us really have no idea what the white male is capable of, but one way or another they are going to find out.

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        • gerry

          Not convinced,but conned.

    • DennisMets

      you are correct, obannana hate white devil America as much as his racist reverend J wright he dupped Christians into voting for him and he also hates them. Obummer has brought in millions of black Muslims and soon enough blacks will convert in mass to Islam and the war on the hated devil whites will be on. who is the one group of people blacks that do not want to live peacefully or be equal they have a lot of power and a lot of benefits including affirbative action that they will never give up. How long will whites have to pay for something (slavery)that only a hand full of whites concocted? it is not worth it for whites to remain in communities and states with a lot of privileged blacks. blacks and muslims still preach hate for others, the devil whites and jews and Christians.

      • bob smith

        Mugabe just declared that whites will not be able to own land in Zimbabwe and must forfeit all their land come August…where is the UN, ‘leaders’ of the west in denouncing this?

        Silence is deafening.

        • pete-unlinked

          been calling the dude barack mugabe since june of 2008

          for many months have been posting that to maximize wealth redistribution and fundamental transformation, more of white peoples’ property will be punitively taxed and eventually foreclosed on – resulting in incentives for millions of newmuricans to achieve home ownership

        • DogmaelJones1

          Someone needs to put a bullet in Mugabe’s skull and put the country out of its misery.

          • bob smith

            one can only hope.

        • gerry

          This might be Obama’s next step.

    • The March Hare

      The description of “refugees” is already being used by all their activists to plant that thinking into the general population trying to make it seem as if it is the common opinion. No doubt the president will be saying it soon.

    • gerry

      So far he is doing well,with the complicity of the Dems.Americans who voted for him,were not foolish,they were low livesThey should be proud of themselves!

  • DennisMets

    A few years ago I said in a few years the United states will be as violent as Israel or other places. And obannaa has brought in millions of refugee Muslims to wage war on otherwise small peaceful communities. everywhere blacks have overpopulated out cites and made them unlivable and their leaders program them to hate whites so now we have all the knock out games and the problem of them breeding welfare hoes to gain a majority is laughable they do every thing to treat people lke cattle just to get votes

  • Lanna

    The system will eventually collapse….the One World Government. This was all planned ahead of time, including the set up for bringing the illegals to America.

    • retired22

      Lanna,There will be no One World Order.These New World Order oligarchs,& the politicians they own, have unleashed forces that no one can control.They can cripple our society but they themselves will not survive the fall!
      What we may get is a authoritarian dictatorship which will promise to restore order & prosperity. That is how Lenin,Hitler & Mussolini came to power.

  • retired22

    This will not go on & on until we are all ground into dust.Posters who have no imagination start complaining about the talking points & excepted wisdoms they have heard.The facts are much harder then they can imagine.
    These stupid SOB’s in Washington will crash the economy!The late
    Herb Stein,who was a prominent economist,said”if something can’t go on forever,it will stop”!The facts,if you read Zero Hedge,Doug Casey,John Williams at Shadowstats,Gerald Celente,Mike Shedlock & many other economic analysts are very different from the dribble to be found on the propaganda forums known AS THE MSM.Forget the crap coming out of WallStreet,the newspapers,& the network news,the are all lackeys for the wealthy elites who own them!
    As things stand now,Stein was correct,all of the tricks employed since 2008 to keep our economy afloat have played out,& none of the problems have been corrected.The world is headed for depression,hunger & war.
    As far as this applies to politics,does anyone out there really think that our economy can keep taking these hits & not crash?Do the maniacs in Washington really think that they can destroy the nation without going down themselves?Do these fools really believe that bringing millions of semi literate peons into the USA illegally will not go a long way toward destroying what is left of our economy?Do they really believe that the greater American public will go into this politically induced state of poverty quietly & passively?
    If the political & financial elites believe all of the above then the nation is being led by a pack of ignorant fools
    What will really happen after an economic collapse will be a societal collapse & the hungry mobs on America’s streets will destroy the hated elites who brought the country to this point.
    PS just imagine a repeat of Weimar Germany in 1930 or revolutionary France in 1790!

    • Drakken

      I, 100% agree with you.

    • bob smith

      I concur with everything except calling the illegal trash “semi literate”…that is far too gracious.

    • bwgirl

      They are planning the crash and have planned it since back in the 60′s.

      That also includes government induced famine.

      And I don’t doubt for a moment that our government isn’t capable of germ warfare against our own people. They’ve already proven that they have no foibles about doing experiments on those that are deemed expendable.

    • gerry

      Do they really believe that the greater American public will go into this politically induced state of poverty quietly and passively?”They already have,they “reelected”him.

      They might be ignorant,but they certainly are criminals,and amazingly enough,still running the country into the toilet.

      We can all imagine,what will happened when the whole show collapses,and some can hardly wait!

  • Rosasolis

    The same nightmare is now going on in Europe. During the winter months approx.
    1000 Illegal Refugees per month in Italy. Now it’s over 1500 per WEEK! Since
    Italy can no longer cope with so many refugees, they are being let free to enter
    any EU country they choose! In Netherlands our detention centers, former military
    baracks, penitentiaries, and even old schools are OVER-FULL with these Illegals,
    some of whom are indeed refugees from the Middle-east and Africa, but most
    are just Illegals.
    Last week 500 men, women and children arrived across the borders. Since
    there is no more place in the detention places, tents are now being set up in
    parks and even picknick areas. Our government is worried about Jihadists
    amongst these Illegals and our health workers are worried about the spreading
    of contageous sicknesses.
    In the detention places sicknesses such as Ebola, TBC, Polio and even Rabiës,
    have been detected. And now these buildings have been placed under strict
    quarantine….But how is it possible to place any quarantine in the tent
    communities?!!!
    Although Netherlands has been gradually coming out of the Recession, which
    has paralized this country for 5 long years, can you imagine what this
    Refugee -Illegal disaster is costing this country. Our taxpayers are now
    providing these Illegals with shelter, medical care, food, clothing, etc
    Many women arrive pregnant, so that they need extra medical care.
    Our airport, border, and harbour officials have been placed on extra 24-hour alert to try to keep more Illegals from entering this country.
    to try to prevent more Illegals from entering. The

    • retired22

      Europe is coming out of the recession?Oh really,who told you this B.S.,the politicians?. More likely Europe will come out of the recession & fall right into a world wide depression.Supporting these illegals may well be the straw that breaks the EU’s back. Some 98 year old man with t.b.,cancer,diabetes & nephrosis lying in a hospice will suddenly jump out of bed,put on his street clothes & call for a cab to take him home.This sudden recovery is more likely then Socialist Europe coming out of it’s economic demise!

      • Rosasolis

        Obviously you are not a citizen of any European country.
        Indeed if a world-wide depression will be our future
        on planet earth, then it will
        probably be due to extreme Human over-population, whereby
        no government in any country can cope with!
        If “supporting these Illegals may well be the straw that breaks
        the EU’s back” should ever become our fate, then this fate will
        also be your fate! Europe is not so Socialistic as you think.
        Our coalition government has a Conservative Majority.
        France does not support the Hollande government any longer.
        This government could fall any time now.
        Angela Merkel would rather work with China than with America
        under the dictatorship of Obama and his corrupt government.
        Please do not forget the fact that your grandparents probably
        came from Europe. I am also retired, but I think that now,
        more than ever North-America needs Europe if our Western
        Civilization should have a change to survive!

    • Drakken

      I heard the Med is suffering from it’s sharks starving, I really think you should feed those nice sharks because it is so environmentally positive to do so. On a serious note, Europe is not recovering from its recession, it is getting worse and the unemployment continues to rise. Your Balkanization is almost complete, its all over except the shooting to start.

  • http://geoffreybritain.wordpress.com/ Geoffrey_Britain

    The Obama administration is doing all it can to compromise national security and public safety to the maximum extent possible. The Obama administration is attacking America on multiple fronts; economically, culturally and demographically.

    Obama is using the power of the Presidency in an attempt to compel America to accept
    Amnesty. He’s counting on enough people NOT realizing that Amnesty (for
    11-33 million “undocumented” democrats) = Citizenship = permanent one-party rule and the ‘fundamental transformation’ of America into a socialist/Marxist State.

    Obama is also engineering the conditions conducive to America being attacked with a nuclear terrorist attack. That will result in the imposition of martial law as would an economic collapse brought on by the collapse of the dollar.

    Under martial law, the President can legally suspend Constitutional provisions, such as Habeas corpus, the Posse Comitatus Act, and ‘revise’ the 22nd and 2nd amendments…

    • dontdoitagain

      Geoffrey has the news in Great Brittain commented on the number of illegals who are really in the US? If 500,000 or more have come over just in the last few months the 11 million illegal alien figure fed to us by our media is patently false. Wondering if your news does a better job than the propaganda our reporters spew?

  • pete-unlinked

    Excellent job, fine sir.

    No wonder you don’t get any radio or television interviews.

  • Drakken

    You want to end this madness? Give those wetbacks a pick and shovel and put them on the border and tell them to start digging, I’ll bet we have the10th wonder of the world by making the worlds biggest ditch in no time. It has gotten so bad on the border that farmers and ranchers won’t let the Border Patrol on their ranches anymore and deal with the problem themselves.

  • trapper

    Our version of Hugo Chavez said he would “fundamentally transform” this country. I guess he meant “transform” It into a 3rd world country except traditional America will pay the “benefits” for all the uneducated, diseased, and unskilled 3rd worlders Hugo II has invited .

  • Erudite Mavin

    During the 2012 Presidential election, I posted many times reminding the All or Nothing Pures and third party crowd that Obama that summer signed his Dream Act Amnesty Executive Order and stated he will do more Executive Orders on Amnesty.

    The All or Nothing Pures and third party crowd pounded away that Obama was better than the Republican because in their mind, the Republican was not pure.

    Well, they got their pure Obama, Amnesty, Illegals, scandals, and the assorted disasters and now whine. This should be a lesson learned to defeat the Democrats in this years election of 2014.

  • GSR

    Both parties want lax enforcement of immigration laws and the border. The GOP wants excess labor in order to drive down wages/salaries for firms and the Dems want a never-ending stream of poor people (and mostly “non-White”) coming here for it helps them grow the Welfare Super Nanny State.

    Obama is a devious, skilled liar, who is exploiting this desire of both parties and he has surely created the current “children’s invasion” by his non-stop advertising with his big mouth, that children won’t be deported, the phony “Dreamers” label to illegal aliens, the DACA executive action, etc. He created this chaos to benefit the Democrat Party, to lower the percentage of White-Americans in the nation and to possibly weaken the GOP so much, it will be irrelevant.

  • James Bowie

    The current “situation” at America’s borders in the last couple of months is an invasion. It is as thoughtfully planned out as was the invasion of Normandy in WWII. Swarms of infectious children could not have made it all the way from distant countries without organized help. As for fleeing the terror of tyranny in distant lands; was this tyranny any less six months ago? So,why now, are we being deluged by what amounts to a biological attack by carriers-possibly selected- who bring spreading infections which will overwhelm our healthcare facilities? Will Obama and Homeland security wait until the Empire State building is blown up ,and the grid taken down before protecting America ; or will we soon find out how many “camps there are,and what Obama’s true purpose is?

  • Jon_Babtist

    The first rule of war is deception. Obama and those behind him are at war with the ideals of the United States. That is why virtually every time Obama publicly speaks he’s sowing the seeds of deception. HE IS ENGAGED IN A MASSIVE WAR AGAINST OUR NATION. His entire existence as president is illegitimate and TREASONOUS. From his counterfeit biography and illegitimate document fraud I.D. to his Cloward–Piven bankrupting of our treasury to his shutting down our power plants to his supporting militant Islam and freeing their generals to his inviting an invading army to flood in and further weaken our country. Let’s call it exactly what it is – TREASON.

  • Dolly M.

    Initially…this is why Border Patrol Stations & Agents have been located and staggered throughout the U.S. However, since “illegal” has a new definition……like everything else, it’s NOW all ass-backwards….everything Barry touches turns to sh-t. It’s safe to say that the Border Patrol Operations are as screwed up as the White House. Literally. Through no fault of the B-P. God Bless Us.