- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 7, 2004

You know what makes me nervous about President Bush? It’s not his facial expressions. Nor his verbal clumsiness. I don’t care about his alleged weakness at the podium. What concerns me more than anything else is his demonstrated weakness at our borders.

Immigration enforcement is the 6-ton elephant in the room. Barely two sentences were devoted to border control in the first presidential debate, though the major issue of the showdown was leadership on national security. Both Mr. Bush and Sen. John Kerry bloviated about throwing more money at the Department of Homeland Security, while ignoring the fundamental problem: Our immigration laws are being broken en masse because America is unwilling to enforce them — clearly, consistently and unapologetically — until it is too late.

The vice presidential candidates are no better. Richard Cheney, alas, has dutifully defended the administration’s abominable amnesty plan, which amounts to a mass government pardon of illegal visa overstayers, border crossers and deportation fugitives at a time of war. (We are at war, aren’t we, gentlemen?) For his part, Sen. John Edwards supports the just-as-awful Democratic version of this illegal alien incentive policy.

On the same day of the presidential debate last week, alarming news broke in McAllen, Texas, which underscores the illegal immigration/terrorism nexus. The feds have been investigating evidence from a high-level al Qaeda operative that the terrorists were planning to poison our military’s supply of MREs (meals ready-to-eat). In the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers initiated a sweep of a McAllen-area defense subcontractor, the Wornick Co., which produced MREs and had been an alleged target of al Qaeda.

Luckily, no signs of sabotage or terrorist infiltration were uncovered. But the place was crawling with illegals (mostly, but not all Mexican) who used falsified ID and employment forms. In an all-too-rare occurrence, an executive from an employment agency that provided workers for Wornick was indicted last week for flouting immigration rules and faking documents. Last year, a measly four employers faced criminal prosecution for immigration employment violations.

There are countless Pollyannas in the political, media and intellectual elite who continue downplaying the dangers of open borders. “Better intelligence” will solve the problem, they argue naively. “We are a nation of immigrants,” they preach cluelessly. “Family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande,” they babble pointlessly.

Meanwhile, the patient and undeterred minions of Osama bin Laden dispatched from abroad are here. Others cooperate with other immigration outlaws to wreak havoc on our security. Not far from Mr. Bush’s Crawford ranch, there are ominous signs al Qaeda has teamed up with illegal alien smugglers from Mexico to bring new operatives through the southern border. The feds recently disclosed that suspected al Qaeda operative Adnan Shukrijumah — a young Saudi pilot on the run since September 11, 2001 — met with the notorious El Salvador-based gang/alien smuggling operation, Mara Salvatrucha.

And in southern Arizona, site of the final presidential debate, the illegal Arab alien smuggling route known as “Terrorist Alley” is as unprotected as ever. Unknown numbers of al Qaeda in America have fraudulent identification, which enables them (like their September 11 predecessors) to blend into the vast sea of 13 million other immigration outlaws who have little fear of getting caught. It doesn’t help matters when Mr. Bush’s own border security undersecretary, Asa Hutchinson, publicly says it’s “not realistic” for his own officers to try to do their jobs and deport lawbreakers.

In an even more shameful betrayal, the White House is now reportedly pressuring stalwart House Republicans into scrapping important immigration enforcement provisions of the House Intelligence Bill that speed the deportation process and bar illegal aliens from obtaining valuable driver’s licenses or using easy-to-fake foreign consular ID cards. Why? Because they are politically unpopular with ethnic constituencies.

This race is not just about who is better able to hunt down and destroy our enemies abroad. It’s about who is more willing to hunt them down here, jail them, kick them out and keep them out of our home. Mr. Bush has shown he can stand up to the international Axis of Weasels. He must show the same resolve against La Raza, the immigration lawyers and Teddy Kennedy.

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

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