Sen. Schumer, his congressional cohorts, and leftist hypocrisy.
In order to minimize the dangers posed by aliens who run our borders and evade the inspection process, open borders / immigration anarchists insist that such illegal aliens are simply entering “Undocumented.” However, the unmistakeable truth is that these aliens are, in the parlance of immigration enforcement personnel, “Entering Without Inspection” (EWI).
For decades, beginning with the duplicitous efforts of President Jimmy Carter: Originator Of The Orwellian Term 'Undocomented Immigrant' to blur the distinction between lawful immigrants and illegal aliens, globalists inside as well as outside our government, have sought to undermine the enforcement of our immigration laws.
Recently, many journalists have whined that illegal aliens who purportedly have no “serious criminal histories” have been arrested by ICE under the Trump administration, ignoring that aliens who enter the United States illegally or violate the terms of lawful admissions are subject to arrest and removal (deportation) irrespective of whether or not they violated any other laws.
An alien who enters without inspection violates Title 8 U.S. Code § 1325 - Improper entry by alien and may face up to 2 years in prison if he/she has done this more than once.
Furthermore, an alien who has been previously deported and subsequently reenters without authority commits a felony that may, if the alien has a serious criminal history, carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison under Title 8 U.S. Code § 1326 - Reentry of removed aliens.
Congressional Democrats and some Republicans such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham have attacked President Trump for his plans to secure the U.S./Mexican border and effectively enforce our immigration laws.
McCain and Graham have aligned themselves with Senator Chuck Schumer likely because of their shared globalist views on immigration. They were, after all, members of the “Gang of Eight” or, as I have come to refer to them, “The Eight Gangsters.”
Schumer was, arguably, that gang’s ringleader and has strongly advocated for providing millions of illegal aliens with lawful status and pathways to U.S. citizenship although, in a manner of speaking, aliens who evade the inspections process trespassed on America. These aliens’ true identities, backgrounds, countries of citizenship or even dates or manners of entry into the United States cannot be verified thus creating opportunities for massive levels of fraud.
Immigration fraud was identified by the 9/11 Commission as a Key entry and embedding tactic of international terrorists.
Trespassing has been defined as:
[intransitive] trespass (on something) to enter land or a building that you do not have permission or the right to enter.
However, Schumer has hypocritically taken an extremely tough position on trespassing where it concerns landmarks and critical infrastructure.
On October 13, 2014 Schumer posted a press release on his official website that disclosed that because of the threat of terrorism, he had proposed legislation that would make trespassing on critical infrastructure and/or landmarks a federal crime with a maximum prison sentence of five years.
His press release stated:
Currently NYC Law Has Max. Penalty for Trespassing of Under 1 Year – In Light of Terrorism, Fed Law Should Make Loud & Clear, Particularly to Trespassers from Overseas, That Wrongdoers Should Stay Off Bridges, WTC, Statue of Liberty or Other Critical Infrastructure
Schumer Said NYPD Has Done Great Work Pursuing Cases, But Available Punishments Are Too Weak
Here is another excerpt:
“With terror threats at a high, it must be made loud and clear to any would-be trespassers, adrenaline junkies or potential criminals that the federal government and the NYPD take trespassing on critical infrastructure and national monuments very seriously; a law that makes this a federal crime and raises the current maximum jail time from one to five years would help deter this behavior, and provide the NYPD with stronger tools to combat this disturbing trend.”
Schumer said that regardless of a trespasser’s intention, this dangerous behavior puts the individual, tens of thousands of commuters, tourists and first responders like the NYPD at serious risk. Schumer’s legislation would state that anyone who willfully trespasses or enters upon any critical infrastructure used in interstate commerce will be committing a federal crime and fined and/or imprisoned for up to five years.
Schumer’s press release even cited a 16 year old boy’s prank as justification for imposing a five year prison sentence on trespassers:
In March, a 16-year old boy climbed to the top of the World Trade Center to take a photo of himself, and has since been arrested for climbing a water tower in New Jersey, yet another example of critical infrastructure.
The 9/11 Commission warned that immigration fraud and visa fraud were key entry and embedding tactic of terrorists.
However, Schumer has blithely ignored the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that identified border security and effective immigration law enforcement, as essential to national security and to defend America against international terrorists.
The preface of the official report, “9/11 and Terrorist Travel - Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States” begins with the following paragraph:
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.
Page 61 contained this passage:
Exploring the Link between Human Smugglers and Terrorists
In July 2001, the CIA warned of a possible link between human smugglers and terrorist groups, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and Egyptian Islamic Jihad.149 Indeed, there is evidence to suggest that since 1999 human smugglers have facilitated the travel of terrorists associated with more than a dozen extremist groups.150 With their global reach and connections to fraudulent document vendors and corrupt government officials, human smugglers clearly have the “credentials” necessary to aid terrorist travel.
This paragraph is found on page 98 under the title “Immigration Benefits:”
Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.
President Trump made it clear that effective immigration law enforcement not only saves American lives but the jobs of Americans.
Incredibly, however, administrators of “Sanctuary Campuses” and mayors of “Sanctuary Cities” shield illegal aliens from detection by ICE agents thereby undermining public safety and national security, ignoring Immigration and the Terrorist Threat and the undeniable fact that our borders and immigration laws are America’s first line of defense and last line of defense against aliens with dangerous communicable disease and severe mental illness as well as transnational criminals and international terrorists.
The inspections process conducted at ports of entry is critical, enabling CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Inspectors to vet foreign visitors and also create a record of their entry into the United States.
Many leaders in our government as well as many Americans have rightly voiced profound concerns about the inability to effectively vet refugees from war-torn parts of the world, particularly Syria. However, Entry Without Inspection = Entry Without Vetting.
The inspections process is statutorily mandated under:INA: ACT 235 - Inspection By Immigration Officers, consider:
(3) Inspection.- All aliens (including alien crewmen) who are applicants for admission or otherwise seeking admission or readmission to or transit through the United States shall be inspected by immigration officers.
Applicants may be required to make a sworn statement about his or her intentions in seeking entry into the United States as noted:
(5) Statements.-An applicant for admission may be required to state under oath any information sought by an immigration officer regarding the purposes and intentions of the applicant in seeking admission to the United States, including the applicant's intended length of stay and whether the applicant intends to remain permanently or become a United States citizen, and whether the applicant is inadmissible.
You cannot tell a “good guy” from a “bad guy” without a score-card. “Undocumented aliens” have no scorecards.
Ignorance is not bliss; what we don’t know can get us killed.