Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Invasion from Mexico: Islamic Terrorism and Sex Slavery are Imported Through the Insecure Border

By Joe Armendariz
Every year roughly 800,000 sex-slaves are smuggled into countries around the world, including the U.S. Many of the sex-slaves are brought to the United States through the border with Mexico. Likewise, Islamic terrorists have also been known to come through Mexico to the United States. While poor Mexicans who come to the U.S. to perform the often unwanted jobs may be a problem for the county, terrorists and mobsters transferring sex-slaves into the United States create a much greater issue.

This issue did not receive the necessary attention for many years, but is now beginning to gain it because those who can smuggle sex-slaves and Mexican migrant workers can also smuggle terrorists and illegal drugs. The so-called "Gray World" described in a forthcoming book by the same name, includes illegal narcotics, drug dealing, illegal transportation across borders, international arms dealers, traditional international crime and people smuggling. America should fear it and act to protect the border, as well as to prepare for the crimes that may be committed by those coming the U.S. from Mexico. America's lack of resolve in fighting illegal immigration and sex-slavery results in compromising national security.

The reality is America is totally inept at controlling its own borders. This is hardly news to anyone familiar with the unofficial "open border" policy the U.S. mainstains with Mexico (which many thousands cross illegally every day), as well the incompetence of the American immigration officials who have been caught giving a legal status to criminals and terrorists (including Muhammad Atta half a year after he died flying an airplane into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001).

As a result of this ineptness in controlling its borders, Washington is putting its people in danger of not just "traditional" terror, but also an attack with weapons of mass destruction, from a "nuclear suitcase" bomb stolen from the insecure nuclear facilities in Russia or non-nuclear weapons of mass destruction, such as small-pox, which can potentially kill more people than a nuclear bomb.

The advocates of illegal Mexican immigrations refuse to understand that the United States is involved in a war with Islamic extremists and tha borders are the weakest front in America's lines of defense. It is essential that Islamic terrorism is defeated, even if it costs tens of billions of dollars more to secure the border.

Experts in domestic security infrastructure suggest that it is necessary to enhance and maybe even transform the FBI, Border Patrol and the Coast Guard. International agencies such as Interpol also may be helped with money and training in order to help keep America and the rest of the world secure.

While the government should always be conscious of the taxpayer funds it is spending in order to avoid waste, the War on Terror cannot be won without the necessary investment in bolstering security services and protecting the American border from what can only be described as an invasion from Mexico.

Joe Armendariz is Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association and the Santa Barbara Industrial Association. He is on the advisory board of Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), is a frequent contributor to several web sites and is a City Councilman in the central coast City of Carpinteria, California.

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