Does illegal immigration pose a terrorist threat to the United States?
The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), in its website section (accessed Sep. 12, 2007) entitled "Terrorism & National Security," offered the following:
Americans have come to understand that our welcoming immigration
policies are easily exploited by terrorists and that porous borders and
lax immigration enforcement are no longer an option. With at least 8
million illegal aliens living in the United States and nearly one
million new aliens arriving each year, the potential for terrorists
entering the United States undetected is high."
C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., JD, Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, in a June 19, 2006 testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, titled "Immigration Enforcement at the Workplace: Learning from the Mistakes of 1986," stated:
migrants [illegal aliens] are gainfully employed here, pay taxes, and
many have started families and developed roots in our society... But
others seeking to cross our borders illegally do present a threat –
including potential terrorists and criminals. The current flow of
illegal immigrants and people overstaying their visas has made it
extremely difficult for our border and interior enforcement agencies to
be able to focus on the terrorists, organized criminals, and violent
felons who use the cloak of anonymity that the current chaotic
Phyllis Schlafly, JD, conservative political activist and author, in an Oct. 2001 The Phyllis Schlafly Report article entitled "The Threat of Terrorism Is from Illegal Aliens," wrote:
"The terrorists are
foreigners, most or all of whom should not have been allowed to live in
our country... It should be repeated over and over again: The terrorism
threat is from illegal aliens who are allowed to live in our midst --
and this is a failure of our immigration laws and our immigration
officials... The policy of opening our borders to anyone who wants to
sneak into our country illegally -- or to remain illegally after
entering legally -- must be exposed and terminated. This is the most
important security precaution our government must take."
The Constitution Party National Veterans Coalition , in a Jan. 24, 2007 article entitled "Constitution Party National Veterans Coalition - 'Six Key National Issues,'" presented the following:
"On September 11,
2001 approximately 3,000 of our fellow citizens were killed, in
part, because our borders had not been secured and our immigration
laws were not enforced. We remain as susceptible today to
terrorist attack as we were on that day... How many more... acts
of terrorism resulting in mass destruction as experienced on 9/11
need to occur before our government takes the appropriate action
to secure our borders?...
We must defend our shores and our people against an enemy, whose
pursuit of their goals is achieved by use of suicide bombers, including
women, boys and girls... How many of these illegal aliens are
terrorists? Are we willing to wait until terrorists cause more death
and destruction before we take the necessary action to protect our
nation and secure our borders?"
Dan Stein, JD, President of Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), in a May, 18, 2007 FAIR article entitled "Case Closed: Illegal Immigration Is a Threat to Homeland Security," argued:
"Today we found out once again that our failure to control illegal immigration and our inability to manage the current caseload of people applying for immigration benefits poses a lethal risk to the nation... terrorists can and will take advantage of the same unenforced immigration policies that have flooded this country with illegal immigrants - we now have irrefutable proof that the terrorists understand where we are vulnerable. We can be certain that there are many more terrorists who entered the country illegally or overstayed visas..."
The American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF), in an immigration law-reform brochure (accessed Sep. 12, 2007) entitled "Immigrants Aren’t Undermining Our Nation’s Security. Flawed Immigration Laws Are," expressed the following:
"Illegal immigrants are not terrorists. They want to come legally to do the jobs Americans don’t want, but our broken immigration system doesn’t allow that to happen. If there were legal channels for these migrants to use, the government could concentrate on identifying the real terrorists. Instead, the government is wasting money and manpower trying to keep out the immigrant workers the U.S. economy needs. That makes the job of finding a terrorist like finding a needle in a haystack."
Paul F. deLespinasse, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Adrian College in Michigan, in a May 15, 2003 CommonDreams.org article titled "Illegal Aliens and the War On Terrorism," wrote:
September 11, 2001, the usual (and fallacious) arguments against free
immigration---that it causes unemployment, burdens taxpayers, and
undermines American culture---have been augmented by fears that
terrorists will come into the U.S. illegally. But the scoundrels who
took out the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and four planeloads of
travelers came into the U.S. legally.
And having a good mix of
people born in all parts of the world, of all religious faiths and
cultures, living in the United States can be an excellent defense
against terrorist attacks. In a diverse, multicultural U.S., such
attacks are bound to kill many people with whom the terrorists feel an
Katharine Daniels, MA, Founder and Executive Editor of The Women’s International Perspective, in a May 31, 2006 Daily Kos website article titled "On Being Biased and Opinionated, the Immigration Debate, and George Lakoff's Frames," argued:
immigrants are not terrorists and shouldn’t be equated with them. They
clean our houses, weed our gardens, grow and harvest our fruits and
vegetables, and cook the food we eat in restaurants. They are essential
members of our economy and the elemental role they play is completely
unrecognized in the national debate on immigration."
The Punisher, Blogger for The Obfuscation Report internet blog, in an Aug. 23, 2007 post titled "I'm Sick of Hearing About Immigration and Security," retrieved from "The Obfuscation Report," wrote:
"In fact 'illegal aliens' are not terrorists. None of them. The 9/11 Hijackers all had entered the United States LEGALLY. All of them. At the time of the attacks only three of the 19 had actually even fallen out of legal status. Most of them entered as tourists 4 or 5 months before the attack. The truth is that 'terrorism' is just as likely to be committed by a former member of the U.S. Military than it is by a 'foreigner' (see Oklahoma City, D.C. Sniper, Atlanta Olympics etc. etc.) If a person is determined to come to the U.S. and blow [expletive] up, they will find a way to do it. The current system is just racial profiling."
Helena S. Marques, Executive Director of the Immigrants Assistance Center in New Bedford Massachusetts, in a Apr. 11, 2006 Standard-Times article entitled "Hundreds March on City - New Bedford Joins Nation," stated:
million people are not just going home. Undocumented immigrants are not
terrorists. We should focus our attention on terrorists, not
immigrants... We need to keep pushing to make sure that something gets