We keep hearing the border is as secure as it’s ever been. Is that a fact or a politicized pipe dream?
Most likely the latter, according to CNSNews.com who says, “The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection reports that in fiscal year 2014 (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30) agents apprehended 1,191 individuals from 12 of the 14 countries that DHS and the State Department have considered as countries that have problems with terrorism.”
“In December, CBP released its apprehension statistics for 2014, which show that of the 486,651 apprehensions, 257,473 were from countries “other than Mexico.” Of those apprehended from countries “other than Mexico,” CBP provided CNSNews.com the countries of origin of those taken into custody. Of those from countries “other than Mexico,” 1,191 were from 12 countries – Iran, Sudan, Cuba and Syria (state sponsors of terror), and Afghanistan, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen (“countries of interest”) – designated by the federal government to have terrorist links.
The breakdown of the apprehension of individuals from 12 countries designated as “countries of interest” is as follows, according to CBP: Afghanistan (4); Algeria (3); Cuba (1,061); Iran (4); Iraq (7); Lebanon (10); Nigeria (29); Pakistan (31); Saudi Arabia (16); Somalia (6); Syria (14); and Yemen (6).”
So here we are opening up diplomatic relations with Cuba when on the other hand the United States designates them as “state sponsors of terror” along with Iran, Sudan, and Syria. So what is up with President Obama wanting to hook up with terrorism-sponsoring countries and grant them diplomatic relations? There’s that nagging question about allegiance again…Here’s the deal: blow up some folks or run a communist tyrannical regime and you too can get a U.S. embassy. Oh, and just tell your folks to illegally enter the United States, and they can get free benefits AND a drivers license if they move to the right place. We must realize we have a massive problem at our southern border, and until it is sealed and secured, any policy of “comprehensive immigration reform” only exacerbates the issue. At a time when we are facing a global terrorist threat, a porous border is unconscionable.
However, will the new 114th Congress be able to stand up to President Obama’s executive action? As we discussed here, it may be difficult to actually “defund” the segment of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for implementing the new executive order.
But what is most troublesome about this story for me isn’t the numbers of illegals. It’s the fact that the Obama administration is extending a hand to countries designated as “state sponsors of terrorism.” It reflects a true 21st century Sir Neville Chamberlain moment.
I’ve been tracking the “OTM” numbers entering our country for some time, but after six years of this administration we shouldn’t have a single person from a country of origin on our terrorist sponsor list capable of entering America illegally.
And now that I’m back living Texas, you can bet this issue hits close to home.