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One Reporter's Opinion - Final Debate Yields Little Hope on Immigration

Friday, 15 October 2004 12:00 AM

"I'm told that at least 8,000 people cross our borders illegally every day. Some people believe this is a security issue, as you know. Some believe it's an economic issue. Some see it as a human rights issue. How do you see it? And what [do] we need to do about it?"

Mr. Schieffer stated he was not giving away anything when he said, "I think immigration is a hidden issue. I have gotten more e-mails saying 'Ask about immigration,' so I'm trying to frame a question along those lines."

I was simply amazed that the question didn't include the intelligence report that a group of 25 Chechen terrorists illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico in July.

The Chechen group is suspected of having links to Islamist terrorists. Members of the group wearing backpacks secretly traveled to northern Mexico and crossed into a mountainous area of Arizona that is difficult for U.S. border security agents to monitor.

Southern Arizona, the site of the final presidential debate, ironically is the illegal Arab alien smuggling route known as "Terrorist Alley" - still unprotected as ever.

It's an ongoing problem that never seems to be resolved. Bush's border security undersecretary Asa Hutchinson actually expressed surprise at the volume of communications he's received on the illegal issue. Intelligence has indicated that unknown numbers of al Qaida in America have fraudulent identification, which enables them - like their 9/11 predecessors - to blend into the vast sea of 18 million other immigration outlaws... and they keep coming.

During the debates we waited to hear more about that which Michelle Malkin describes as the "elephant in the room." But the answer to the illegal alien question indicated to this reporter that it doesn't matter which of the two candidates is in charge.

It only emphasizes the shameful betrayal of the White House when it reportedly pressured stalwart republicans into scrapping important immigration enforcement provisions of the House Intelligence Bill that would speed up the deportation process and bar illegal aliens from obtaining valuable driver's licenses and the use of the phony foreign consular ID cards.

After watching the final debate, one comes to the conclusion that the 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 right here at home - put them in jail or kick them out.

Bush has repeatedly said he has done everything in his power to protect America from another 9/11 attack, yet almost four years after that attack, America's borders are still wide open.

18 million Americans cannot find a full time job, yet Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge called for the legalization of millions of illegal "residents" in the U.S.

Federal Reserve's Alan Greenspan recently told us not to be concerned about manufacturing jobs outsourced at an alarming rate - that it is the 'way of the world.'

Indeed, it is - at least in the world of Greenspan and the economic and political elite in New York and Washington. Very little was said about this in the final debate. Meanwhile, Bush suggests that unemployed senior citizens go back to school and re-educate themselves!

Incidentally, HR10, the national security intelligence improvement act, is now in the hands of a House Senate Conference Committee, which is in the process of gutting the toughest anti-invasion measures.

Big business and employers are making out like bandits - their hotels, agriculture, construction, fast food restaurants, cleaning and domestic services - anywhere cheap labor is needed.

Meanwhile, Mexico, according to Time Magazine, sends us 4,000-8,000 illegals a day - three million expected this year alone! We send hundreds of thousands of troops to Iraq, Bosnia, Germany, Korea and elsewhere; but we can't seem to spare any to patrol our own borders.

All you have to do is listen to the third so-called debate and you are forced to conclude that neither Bush nor Kerry plan to do a darn thing about it!

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