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FAA Certifies Illegal Immigrants

Monday, 21 March 2005 12:00 AM

Were these illegal aliens terrorists? Probably not; at least there's no evidence of that so far. But the problem is, any one of them could have been. Remember, the 9/11 hijackers used state-issued driver's licenses to board the planes.

"Practically everybody we arrest has a North Carolina driver's license on them," said Thomas O'Connell of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Lots of people even come from other states, because under liberal Gov. Mike Easley, it's really easy to get North Carolina licenses.

Now, that really makes my Tarheel heart swell with pride. I'm waiting on the bumper sticker that reads "It's Eas-l-ey in NC for Illegals."

Do you know what is even more disturbing to me about this incident? The fact that YOU most likely didn't even read about it. As of last week, the story about these 27 illegal airport workers had only run inside North Carolina and in one paper in South Carolina.

What's more, in the official AP wire story that did run, the lead paragraph was NOT about the national security threat of having illegal aliens working on jet airliners at an international airport inside the heartland of America. Rather, it was about how leaders of El Pueblo, a so-called "Hispanic advocacy group," were going to Washington to protest the potential passage of the "Real ID Act" in Congress next month.

"If something like Real ID passed, it would be devastating for many in our community," said Andrea Bazan Manson, director of the Raleigh-based group that organized the lobbying effort to protest tougher regulations against giving licenses to illegals. These Hispanic activists believe the proposed law "unfairly targets hardworking immigrants and could result in public safety problems," according to AP.

Public safety problems? Imagine that! Who can tell me what is wrong with this picture?

"Illegal immigration is exactly as the title implies; it is illegal," explains the Web site of Americans for Legal Immigration (ALI-PAC). "If three-fourths of America's legal citizens want illegal immigration curtailed, and the laws are in place to facilitate their wishes through a constitutional democracy, then why is America experiencing the largest population increase through illegal immigration in our history?"

That's a very good question that deserves an honest answer.

What does the face of illegal immigration look like? Well, to most, illegal immigrants are those who work in agriculture, construction, landscaping and manufacturing jobs. Basically, they perform hard manual labor that requires a lot of physical strength. That is a stereotype.

Being from North Carolina, the tobacco and furniture capital of the world, I have seen these workers firsthand. There is one fact nobody can question: They do work hard. That's precisely why many people want these illegal workers here and are lobbying hard for laws to let them stay.

These intruders have some good attributes, like hard work, but they are still here in America illegally. That very fact constitutes a threat, not to mention an economic liability, for our country. Giving illegal aliens government-issued IDs is simply wrong. They are breaking our laws and we are rewarding them for doing so.

The "face" of illegal immigration is definitely changing. The stereotype of all illegal immigrants being manual laborers is clearly false. The incident at PTI Airport illustrates that fact. The FAA has to train and certify these aircraft technicians. Proper security and screening never should have let this incident happen.

That is the first part of the story. The second might even be worse. We have CEOs of big companies who have affairs with their secretaries, and that makes national front page news. Yet when illegal aliens with false documents are found to be secretly working on jet airplanes, that story passes under the radar screen without even a blip.

Are we trying to revisit September 11?

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