Illegal aliens considered high security risks to US has increased in 2010, report shows.

59,017 “Other Than Mexican” Illegal Aliens Apprehended in 2010, including 663 “Aliens from Special Interest Countries”

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained new documents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection detailing FY 2010 apprehension statistics for illegal alien smugglers and illegal aliens from countries considered to be a high threat to the United States because of their suspected ties to terrorism.

Among the highlights from the documents, obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request originally filed on January 26, 2011:

  • U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended 463,382 individuals smuggled across the border, including 8,905 smugglers. (3,027 of the smugglers apprehended were deemed “deportable.”)
  • U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended 59,017 “Other Than Mexican” illegal aliens through October 7, 2010.
  • Among the nations represented in apprehension statistics are the four countries currently on the State Department’s list of “State Sponsors of Terrorism,” Cuba (712), Iran (14), Syria (5) and Sudan (5), as well as Somalia (9), Afghanistan (9), Pakistan (37), Saudi Arabia (5) and Yemen (11).
  • Overall, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended 663 “Aliens from Special Interest Countries.” These countries are deemed “special interest” because of their suspected ties to terrorism.
  • The countries yielding the highest “Other Than Mexican” apprehensions include: Guatemala (18,406), El Salvador (13,723), and Honduras (13,580).

(U.S. Border Patrol estimates that three out of every four illegal aliens who cross the border evade apprehension.)

Press reports thrust the issue of suspected terrorists crossing the border into the spotlight in May 2010 when the Department of Homeland Security issued an alert to authorities in Texas to be on the lookout for a member of the Somali-based terrorist group Al Shabaab, who was suspected of hatching a plot to cross into the U.S. through Mexico. The warning followed an indictment unsealed earlier that month in a Texas federal court accusing a Texas Somali man of running a “large-scale smuggling enterprise” charged with bringing hundreds of Somalis across the Mexican border. Many of these illegal aliens were suspected of having ties to terrorist organizations. However, until now, the Obama administration offered little information regarding the overall scope of this growing national security problem.

“We should not be surprised if terrorists take advantage of our porous borders in light of the Obama administration’s lax approach to border security,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “When you have an administration that pushes illegal alien amnesty, permits illegal alien sanctuary policies, and attacks states like Arizona for seeking to enforce the rule of law, it sends a signal to our enemies to cross the border illegally and to do their worst. The Obama administration continues to allow our borders to spiral out of control. These numbers are simply astonishing. Our country cannot secure our borders soon enough!”



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Dream Act? More like nightmare.

Published in: on February 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dream Act? More like nightmare.

The purpose of the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act, also called the DREAM Act (S. 729 or H.R. 1751)  would be to provide an opportunity for illegal aliens who have been living in the U.S., an opportunity to enlist in the military or go to college which then would result in a path of US citizenship.

As a born citizen of the US, this Act concerns me as I feel that this is a slap in the face to the U.S. Justice system, the immigrants who are waiting on their VISAs to be processed and the legal U.S. degree seeking citizens amongst other things.

Why would we reward bad behavior? Their parents have taught them to object authority for the majority of their life since they did not follow the necessary regulations to live and work in the U.S.

What is even more laughable, is that the DREAM Act would allow children from the ages of 12 years to 35 years of age a chance of qualifying for citizenship.

Would it not be safe to assume that the parent of a child 12-17 would also be of illegal status? I have not heard a Democratic opinion from Capitol Hill on how we would handle this influx of illegals and how we would afford to send them back to their nation of origin.

With a life span of approximately 80 years, the cut off age bracket of 35 years would be over a third of one’s life. At the age of 35, one is fully capable of distinguishing right from wrong and is deliberately disobeying the system.

By allowing this path to amnesty, we are allowing these type of people to permanently permeate our Country.

Additionally, there is a chance that other illegal aliens would smuggle themselves into the U.S. to be played off as children. They would not possess as US birth certificate; therefore, how could we track the lineage? Talk about taking the kink out of the garden hose.

This could also work in determent to National Security causing information leaks around the globe since they would have connections to other immigrants who could use this information as a weapon of manipulation.

I also did not hear Democratic opinions on how we were going to pay for the influx of illegal immigrants into our financial system. Since they (and more then likely their parents) never paid into the system- that would be robing our parents and grandparents of what little is left.

I also did not hear Democratic suggestions on how we were going to incorporate them into our disputed health care reform.  At this point in our recession, we cannot afford to increase our taxes yet that is what will surely be needed in order for these illegal aliens to receive equal health care.

While I fully support immigration, it is essentially that we rely on the rules set in place and encourage these illegal children to get to the back of the line so that they can file for citizenship, just like everybody else, and have the opportunity to partake in the glory of America.

The DREAM Act did not get enough votes to pass Congress but I have a feeling that we are going to see this legislation with a new name, in the 2011 session. I’ll be looking closely for it and when I find it- you can read the good, the bad and the scary here at The Heart of America.

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