Immigration: A Matter Of Integrity - Or A Lack Thereof

Article author: 
Michael Cutler
Article publisher: 
Daily Caller
Article date: 
30 November 2015
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 
... It is worth considering that the Oxford Dictionary’s first definition of integrity addresses the issue of “moral uprightness” while the second definition equates integrity with “national sovereignty.”
The abject lack of integrity of all components of our immigration system reflects the abject lack of integrity of our political leaders...
However, I can tell you that the great majority of the employees of the DHS understand the true significance of the immigration laws to protect our nation and our citizens from transnational criminals and I international terrorists, however, they are stymied by the executive orders issued by the administration and an abject lack of resources...
The report, “9/11 and Terrorist Travel: Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States” provides important information and insight into the entry and embedding tactics of terrorists, yet it almost never referred to by political leaders from both political parties.

The emphasis on the U.S.-Mexican border to the exclusion of the other components of the immgration system is as duplicitous as it gets. Consider that Page 54 of the report contained this excerpt under the title “3.2 Terrorist Travel Tactics by Plot.”

Although there is evidence that some land and sea border entries (of terrorists) without inspection occurred, these conspirators mainly subverted the legal entry system by entering at airports.

In doing so, they relied on a wide variety of fraudulent documents, on aliases, and on government corruption. Because terrorist operations were not suicide missions in the early to mid-1990s, once in the United States terrorists and their supporters tried to get legal immigration status that would permit them to remain here, primarily by committing serial, or repeated, immigration fraud, by claiming political asylum, and by marrying Americans. Many of these tactics would remain largely unchanged and undetected throughout the 1990s and up to the 9/11 attack.

Thus, abuse of the immigration system and a lack of interior immigration enforcement were unwittingly working together to support terrorist activity. It would remain largely unknown, since no agency of the United States government analyzed terrorist travel patterns until after 9/11. This lack of attention meant that critical opportunities to disrupt terrorist travel and, therefore, deadly terrorist operations were missed.

Could the point be driven home any more clearly? Very few terrorists who have attacked our nation ran our borders — the vast majority including the 9/11 terrorists were welcomed into the United States at ports of entry. Certainly all of our borders must be made secure — both our northern and southern borders. We have 95,000 miles of coastline and 328 ports of entry including international airports...

Today we have more than 45,000 employees at the TSA, we have more than 20,000 Border Patrol agents but only about 7,000 ICE agents and more than half of them are enforcing customs laws and are more concerned about those who produce counterfeit Gucci loafers than counterfeit passports. To put that number in perspective, the NYPD has more than 35,000 police officers just for the city of New York.

Meanwhile terrorists have been admitted into the United States as tourists, resident aliens and foreign students, as I have written elsewhere.

Terrorists including one of the Tsarnaev brothers who savagely attacked the Boston Marathon and Faisal Shazhad, the “Time Square Bomber” were granted U.S. citizenship just months before they launched their terror attacks. Clearly the legal side of the immigration system is fatally flawed.