- The Washington Times - Friday, December 3, 2004

The obtuseness of the open-borders lobby never ceases to amaze. Here we are, three years after the September 11 hijackers easily exploited lax borders, and the OBL continues to argue cracking down on illegal immigration and tightening terrorist-friendly loopholes are “anti-immigrant.”

Banging. Head. Against. The. Wall.

How do you maintain sanity when wading through the emotional drivel that passes for the OBL’s reasoning? Tip: Whenever they say “anti-immigrant,” substitute “pro-enforcement.” And shout it at the top of your lungs.

Political correctness is the handmaiden of terrorism. By smearing as racists and xenophobes the overwhelming majority of Americans who support real borders, the OBL obscures its deadly agenda: sabotaging our existing immigration laws and blocking any new efforts to punish those who abuse them.

Flavia Jimenez of the National Council of La Raza illustrates perfectly this blustering open-borders tactic in a hysterical “action alert” this week titled: “Stop anti-immigrant provisions from becoming part of the intelligence reform bill.” La Raza and its fellow travelers argue that tough enforcement measures “needlessly scapegoat all immigrants,” are “extraneous” and “harsh,” “would not have prevented the terrorist attacks and will not make us safer,” and are “nonsolutions that will only drive people further underground and cause panic among immigrant communities.”

“Extraneous”? These same critics had no problem when a $1 billion illegal alien health-care bailout for border hospitals was tacked on to the mammoth Medicare Prescription Drug bill.

“Non-solutions”? The September 11 commission blamed “a lack of well-developed counterterrorism measures as part of border security, and an immigration system not able to deliver on its basic commitments, much less support counterterrorism.”

“Anti-immigrant”? If you actually read the immigration enforcement provisions supported by House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner and his fellow maverick House Republicans (side note: Just once, I’d like to see the mainstream media call a Republican other than John McCain a “maverick”), you will see clearly and unequivocally that these vital measures are antiterrorist. Anti-criminal. Anti-fraud. And above all, pro-enforcement.

Open-border activists not only oppose the most-publicized provision that would deny driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, they also oppose:

• Adding at least 2,000 new border patrol agents, 800 new interior enforcement investigators, and 150 additional consular officials overseas.

• Increasing illegal alien detention facility space by 2,500 beds.

• Expanding the number of foreign airports with counterterrorist passenger prescreening programs.

• Creating a uniform identity document rule for all aliens present in the United States

• Toughening criminal penalties for using or trading false identification documents.

• Reducing bureaucratic delays that allow illegal aliens who obtained fraudulent visas to re-enter or remain in the country even after their visas have been revoked.

• Creating an information- and intelligence-sharing system at the Department of Homeland Security to track terrorist travel tactics, patterns, trends and practices and disseminate the data to front-line personnel at ports of entry and immigration benefits offices.

• Making it easier to deport terrorists and alien supporters of terrorism by curbing their avenues for appeal and delay.

• Speeding development of a long-delayed entry-exit system to guard against terrorists slipping through the cracks.

• Requiring asylum-seekers tied to guerrilla, militant or terrorist organizations, and who claim asylum without submitting corroborating evidence, to provide credible proof of their “persecution.”

As usual, mainstream reporting on these specific immigration-related measures at issue has been skimpier than a Bratz doll’s wardrobe. That’s because so many national editors themselves subscribe to the open-borders gospel.

Since September 11, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post have published countless news items and editorials decrying immigration enforcement: sob stories about families caught evading deportation orders; foreign students complaining about new registration requirements violating their “privacy”; Latino activists outraged about border patrol agents doing their jobs; Middle Eastern tourists protesting visa screening; and illegal aliens clamoring for protection of their “rights.”

Mr. Sensenbrenner and his Republican colleagues face not only the OBL on the left and in the media, but also at the highest echelons of the Bush administration. The mavericks need all the help they can get. Before it’s too late, call the White House now and yell: It’s the enforcement, stupid.

Michelle Malkin is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of “Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores” (Regnery).

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