Sept. 18, 2002
The media have surfeited us with wall-to-wall-carpet coverage of
the anniversary of 9/11, posing soul-searching questions. How has 9/11
changed America, and what are we doing to make sure there is never a
Appearing on Meet the Press, Vice President Dick Cheney pronounced
9/11 a "watershed event." It gave us a new way of looking at how we
defend America, he said.
Yes, our government has a new way of looking at how we defend
America. But all the looking seems to be at war on the other side of
the world and at monitoring Americans in their daily lives, rather than
looking at our borders that are still wide open to people who hate us,
enter illegally, and remain illegally.
The Administration demanded and Congress passed without reading,
the USA PATRIOT Act. Its principal operative section expands the power
of the federal government for surveillance of Americans without proper
search warrants, as required by the Fourth Amendment.
The Daschle Democrats demanded and pushed through Congress a
federal takeover of airport security. There is no evidence that this
increased anything except the cost.
The Administration is pushing hard to get Congress to pass the
Homeland Security bill. If passed, it will mean a giant increase in
Big Government without any effect on the front lines of our security,
the FBI and CIA, and little effect on the INS and the visa-issuing
section of the State Department, where nobody has yet been fired for
There is no indication that the government is taking the steps
necessary to protect us against the continued influx of terrorists and
other aliens who do not intend to abide by our laws and have become
skilled at exploiting every loophole and opportunity for fraud.
The State Department just announced that it is getting ready to
accept entries into the Diversity Visa Lottery program, which allows
50,000 lucky foreigners from non-Western (including terrorist-
sponsoring) countries to win permanent U.S. residency. One of the
worst pieces of legislation ever championed by Ted Kennedy, this
welcomes "underrepresented" immigrant minorities.
The change that 9/11 should have brought about (but hasn't yet) is
our government's realization that national security requires us to
repudiate the new religion whose gods are diversity and
multiculturalism, and which decrees that profiling is a mortal sin to
be punished by stoning with the rocks of scorn cast by the
sanctimonious open-borders advocates.
One brave writer has catalogued the idiocies of our current
immigration system in an important new book called "Invasion: How
America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces
to Our Shores." The daughter of immigrants from the Philippines,
Michelle Malkin takes the politically incorrect view that we should
discriminate against aliens who hate America, violate our laws, carry
diseases, and enter our country illegally.
National security and safety should rank higher on our scale of
priorities than tourism dollars, ethnic voting blocs, filling graduate
universities with foreigners who can do math, low-wage workers for
multinationals and agriculture, and kowtowing to liberal dogmas. Entry
into the United States is a privilege, not a right, and the safety of
our citizens is more important than the convenience of foreigners.
While the mantra of the media is that "9/11 changed everything,"
Malkin documents the immigration loopholes, lapses, corruption and
mismanagement that haven't changed at all since 9/11.
Malkin wants to bar all new travelers and immigrants from al Qaeda
breeding grounds until we weed out the infiltrators already here. She
wants to halt the fraud in issuing visas to phony Muslim clerics and
fake marriages, visa-for-sale schemes, and the H-1B visa program, and
deport all those who have been ordered deported.
Malkin rejects the government's whine that it can't track the
arrival/travel/departure of visitors on visas. She points out that
FedEx manages to keep track of the arrival and delivery of some 3
million packages every day in 200 countries at the touch of a button.
Is the new Homeland Security department going to be headed by
someone who will protect homeland security, or by a Tom Ridge who
declares that "the last thing we want to do is militarize the borders"?
An administration that continues to send U.S. troops to guard borders
in Eastern Europe but won't use troops to guard U.S. borders where
invaders are shooting at our border agents and killing U.S. citizens in
automobile accidents, isn't serious about homeland security.
Michelle Malkin eloquently expresses the outrage of naturalized
citizens who waited in line, complied with all our laws, appreciate the
opportunity to become Americans, and treasure their U.S. citizenship.
One of the best parts of her book is the appendix where she lists the
immigration status of all the alien terrorists of 1993, 1997, 1998,
1999, and 9/11.
Michelle Malkin's book is a good manual to help us expose and
remedy the folly of open borders.