October 24, 2001
As President Bush has warned us, this is a new kind of war.
He is doing a good job of the military and diplomatic legs of the
U.S. response to terrorism, but it's up to citizens to insist
that the response on the homeland front be effective and
So far, it's not clear that the actions to improve our
internal security, either by Congress or the administration, are
moving in the right direction or moving fast enough. Here is a
check list of the actions that should be taken immediately.
We must immediately close our borders to all illegal aliens
and deport those who are in the United States, including the
millions who are illegally in this country on expired visas. It
is a default of duty that our government hasn't made this a
regular practice, and there is no time to delay in starting now.
Since the Zogby poll reported September 16 that 77 percent
of Americans do not think our government is doing enough to
control our borders or screen foreign visitors, why are Congress
and the Administration dragging their feet?
We must increase the Border Patrol to any extent necessary
to keep guards on duty 24 hours a day at all crossing points, and
provide military backup as needed. The U.S. Constitution.
Article IV, section 4, states: "The United States ... shall
protect each of [the States] against invasion."
We must completely overhaul the visa procedures to require
full disclosure about the applicant's identity, employment,
destination, health, travel plans, and U.S. guarantors. We
should require all legal aliens to carry an I.D. card with
fingerprints, report their residence and travels, and enter the
information on a database to track their travels in this country
and flag the date of their visa expiration.
No visas of any kind should be issued to countries of
suspected terrorists or countries that refuse to repudiate
terrorists, and the State Department, which is responsible for
the lax issuance of visas, must be monitored. Our government
should keep a database of all illegal aliens who are deported and
make them ineligible for reentry any time in the future.
We should put a moratorium on the granting of all student
and worker visas until a system is in place to track the aliens
in this country and assure that they report to the educational
institution or corporation claimed as the reason for entry.
We should forbid colleges and universities that receive
federal funding from giving free tuition, student loans, or
in-state tuition rates to aliens. We have too many American
students who need this type of assistance.
All airport security personnel as well as pilots should be
required to be U.S. citizens. The safety instructions given to
flight crews to be passive and cooperative with hijackers should
be rescinded immediately and replaced with instructions and
training in how to overpower and outmaneuver hijackers.
The mug shots of the 22 most wanted terrorists, plus the 19
hijackers, all fit an identifiable profile. The airlines should
be given legal immunity for refusing to board anyone they think
may pose a danger.
States should repeal any laws that allow illegal aliens to
get driver's licenses, and the states that are currently toying
with this bad idea should deep-six it. Driver's licenses should
be issued only to citizens and legal residents who can pass the
driver's test in English.
We should put a moratorium on all immigration for at least a
year. We certainly should not admit any refugees from the
current conflict as there is no rational way to know the good
guys from the potential bad guys.
We should review naturalizations of the past five years to
detect fraud or criminal records as a basis for revocation of
citizenship. Revoke the citizenship of any naturalized citizen
who violates the oath to renounce allegiance to another country
by asserting dual citizenship or holding public office in a
We should not use terrorism as an excuse to promote measures
that simply increase the power and budget of Big Government, or
place more controls over the actions of law-abiding Americans.
The law must make a clear distinction between citizens and
Encourage your member of Congress to introduce legislation
to achieve any of these goals or to support the bills already in
the hopper. Current bills worthy of support include Sen. Kit
Bond's (R-MO) bill to require foreigners to carry I.D. cards,
Sen. Bob Smith's (R-NH) bill to allow airline pilots to carry
guns, and Rep. Tom Tancredo's (R-CO) bill to put a one-year
moratorium on immigration.