Monday, February 26, 2007

Always Remember: 2/26/93

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of islamic terrorists' first attack on the World Trade Center. Six people were killed by the truck bomb set off in the underground garage, and over a thousand were injured.

It was clearly an act of islamic terrorism, led by the "Blind Sheik." Illegal immigration was a primary vehicle for infiltrating terrorists then, just as it was a primary vehicle enabling the follow-up attack on 9/11. The Clinton Administration did nothing to stop illegal immigration and islamic terrorist infiltration during the entire eight years of their tenure. That set the stage for the follow-up attack in the early months of the Bush Administration.

Many of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 entered this country legally - but fraudulently. They came posing as "students" to attend flight schools, yet they had no jobs, nor prospects for jobs, with any airline or air charter company. And what they were "studying" could never have landed them any airline or pilot job because they were quite clear they had no interest in learning how to land a plane -- the most crucial aspect of any pilot's training. They were out-and-out visa fraud perpetrators. Worse, most overstayed their visas, and thus were illegal aliens.

Those who aided and abetted them were often illegal aliens also. To cite only one of many, many examples, an illegal alien helped several of the hijackers to obtain Virginia driver's licences. All together, the 19 hijackers held 63 sets of identification documents, including the identity and Social Security number of a one-year-old child.

Fourteen years after 2/26, and 5-1/2 years after 9/11, we have more illegal aliens than ever. The Bush Administration treats illegal aliens as if they were all "good-hearted" "down-trodden" gardeners and nannies just seeking a "better life" (at citizens' expense!). Yet terrorists and their cells are still here and growing. Crime rings are here -- and growing. Heinous criminals are here -- and their numbers are growing, as are the numbers and types of crimes they commit.

Illegal immigration - whether they "enter without inspection" (i.e. illicitly cross the border), overstay a visa, or commit fraud to obtain a visa - is the most critical issue Americans face. The problem underlies a vast array of other issues:

1. The unaffordability of health insurance and the closure of hundreds of emergency and trauma care facilities across the country. Non-paying illegal aliens have bankrupted hospitals despite such extreme efforts to shift costs that medical care has become unaffordable for the majority of working American citizens.

2. Overcrowded schools, underperforming schools, the sharp rise in schooling costs without any perceptible improvement in educational standards and outcomes.

3. Unaffordable housing -- tremendous surge in demand among those who cannot (or will not) pay for housing increases costs for everyone across the board. Remember "demand-push inflation?"

4. Costs of crime: police force costs, free legal representation (public defenders) for illegal aliens accused of crimes, the costs of the injuries and damages done by criminals, costs of prosecution, costs of incarceration. A third (or more!) of law enforcement and incarceration costs in many areas of the country are solely due to illegal aliens' crimes. In other words, less than 10% of our population accounts for 33% of law enforcement costs! Illegal aliens kill more US citizens each year than the war in Iraq has killed in four years.

5. Crumbling infrastructure: each added person adds over $10,000 in infrastructure costs (streets, sewers, street lights, water lines, reservoirs, power grids, sidewalks, ad infinitum). Illegal aliens do not pay-their-way in the taxes needed to repair, replace, and expand infrastructure to meet needs which are accelerating due to rapid - and unplanned/unpredicted - population increases.

6. Overpopulation/overcrowding: we're adding millions of people per year to our population. We're short of water, housing, roads, and just plain room. We no longer produce enough food to feed our population, no less be able to export enough to feed millions around the world. Yes, we do still export agricultural products, and we import; the truth remains that we are no longer self-sufficient in food or water. Increased population density adds to physical and psychological stresses, destroys our farmlands, and reduces our carrying capacity for the number of mouths we have to feed.

7. Social service costs: they may be here illegally, but they sure know how to "work the system" to collect "free" medical care, "free" education, "free" food, Section 8 housing vouchers and other housing assistance, and hundreds of other social services. It costs citizens additional hundreds of billions of tax dollars at every level: local, state, and federal. It gobbles up billions of our charitable contributions. And much of that money ends up siphoned out of our economy and into offshore accounts.

8. The threat of terrorism is greater than ever: islamic "charities" are transferring dollars to support terrorists, and organized crime rings are siphoning off sales taxes, selling untaxed cigarettes, etc., to support terrorist cells. "Lone islamic 'activists'" are attacking Jewish centers and driving SUVs into crowds of college students. "Tourists" are photographing, videotaping, and probing for weak spots they can exploit in terrorist acts. Fifth columns are "softening us up" with crazy demands which step-by-step lead to islamic subversion of our culture and institutions.

Illegal immigration damages our country and our citizens every day at every level. And not even the attacks of 2/26 and 9/11 have awakened many Americans to the vast dangers illegal immigration poses to our selves, our families, our communities, our society, our values, our principles, our civilization.

Zero Tolerance for Immigration-Law Violators! We must remember the lessons of 2/26, 9/11, and the costs we bear every single day.

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