- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 6, 2002

If control over a nation's own borders is the beginning of having an immigration policy, then the United States has a very long way to go before it reaches even that stage. Throughout the recent five-part series, "Border War: On the front line against illegal immigration," investigative reporter Jerry Seper of The Washington Times documents the extremely costly chaos along America's 1,940-mile border with Mexico.
The legal, financial and social consequences are staggering:
On any given day, 10,000 illegal aliens will cross the U.S.-Mexican border. About one in three will be caught and expelled. Among those who succeed, nearly half will become permanent U.S. residents. The vast majority of those who are caught will try again, frequently the very next day.
Altogether, there will be more than 3 million attempts to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexican border this year. Today, record numbers of illegal aliens find their way to the United States, whose estimated illegal alien population is between 9 million and 11 million, or double the 1994 level.
In addition to smuggling humans across the border, Mexican nationals smuggle drugs as well. An estimated 80 percent of the cocaine and 50 percent of the heroin consumed throughout the United States will enter through the U.S.-Mexican border.
The drug cartels spend about $500 million annually buying the cooperation and assistance of Mexico's corrupt generals and police officials. As a result, armed confrontations between the Mexican military and U.S. Border Patrol agents are a constant threat. Over the past five years, U.S. law-enforcement officials have documented 118 incursions by the Mexican military.
The vast majority of the 1 million illegal aliens apprehended each year after crossing the U.S.-Mexican border are from Mexico and Central America. However, since September 11, there has been a growing recognition that the 1,940-mile porous border offers opportunities to aliens from other nations seeking entry into the United States. Currently, the United States is home to 250,000 illegal aliens from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East, including Arab nations and Iran, a growing number of whom have been entering by crossing the Mexican border.
Illegal aliens crossing the U.S.-Mexican border have added billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded costs for medical services. Dozens of hospitals in Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico have either closed or face bankruptcy as a result of absorbing the costs of providing federally mandated emergency-room services to illegal aliens injured crossing the border. It costs taxpayers half-a-billion dollars per year incarcerating illegal aliens.
Must America suffer the consequences of another terrorist assault perpetrated by illegal aliens before effective, long-overdue remedial action is undertaken?


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