Here is the biggest hole in the Bush (43)'s Presidency. This is inexcusable and incomprehensible; neither the dem's nor the republicans seem to want to change it either.
Homeland insecurity: The year in review
Michelle Malkin (townhall.com)
2004 was a good year for terrorists, violent gang members, law-breakers and fraud artists seeking safe haven in
The rise of MS-13 . The savage El Salvador-based gang, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), has now penetrated more than a dozen states. In May, a
The path of least resistance. Border Patrol officers and local investigative journalists in the Southwest reported on increasing numbers of Middle Eastern males entering illegally from
In April, a suspected al Qaeda agent arrested in
Upon news of Ahmed’s arrest, intelligence experts reported that suspected terror agents are acquiring passports from South Africa and other non-suspect countries; flying to the al Qaeda-coddling “tri-border area” in South America; learning Spanish; traveling to Mexico; and doing the backstroke into America. Lawmakers in
President Bush said “family values don’t stop at the
In July, the Department of Homeland Security rebuked Border Patrol agents in Southern California for conducting interior enforcement sweeps because they did not bow down to the “sensitivities” of open-borders radicals. In September, DHS Border Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson stated publicly that it’s “not realistic” for his own officers to try to do their jobs and deport law-breakers.
Morale among rank-and-file enforcement officers has plummeted. The botched Bernie Kerik DHS nomination and the refusal of the Bush administration to support common-sense immigration enforcement and secure identity measures in the “intelligence reform” bill (which ended up containing more non-intelligence than intelligence provisions) didn’t help.
Amnesty, shamnesty . The year ended as it began, with President Bush dangling his abominable proposal to grant a mass governmental pardon to millions of illegal alien workers and their employers. First floated in January, the White House also pushed through a Social Security “totalization” program with
Announcement of the Bush plan led to a spike in illegal alien apprehensions at the border during the first three months of 2004 -- 25 percent higher compared with last year. Those are just the ones who got caught. T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told the Washington Times in April: “People were coming up to our agents and saying, ‘Where do we sign up for that guest-worker program, or that amnesty?’ Word travels like wild-fire down there.”
And around the world. The word is we’re open. Wide open. What a way to ring in the new year.
©2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc.