The Next 9/11
DHS Secretary Ridge said today that "Credible reporting now indicates that
al Qa'ida is moving forward with its plans to carry out a large-scale
attack in the United States ... ". We are not inclined to disregard
Secretary Ridge's statement as a cry of "Wolf!", instead we believe that
those in the immigration community must take this warning seriously, and
begin planning for what to do when (not if) the next 9/11 happens. Let us
therefore take a moment to consider what will ensue in the immediate
aftermath of the next Al Qaeda attack. We can be sure that one of the first
things we will hear is that the attack was carried out by foreign nationals
and that our immigration system has once again failed in securing our
nation. In this connection we would point out that our
immigration system is an immigration system, not a security system, and the
failure here would be that of believing that security measures can work
against suicidal terrorists. A complete ban on visits by all Saudi
nationals (and perhaps a few other nationalities) to the US is likely to be
much more effective than broad security measures (strip searching 80 year
old grandmothers at airports is a harrasment system, not a security
system). Instead of any rational response to the next attack, we have heard
speculation that there might be a complete closing of all borders. Not only
would this be closing the barn door after the horses have bolted,
immigration lawyers should note that this will have a severe impact on
their client's activities (and indeed on the law firms too). In the face of
this horrendous prospect, the top priority for pro-immigration advocates
in DC and elsewhere should be to prepare contingency plans to be
implemented as soon as the next 9/11 happens, in order to ensure that
immigration will continue to be a strength our country can count on in the
war against the Islamist terrorists. Unfortunately, pro-immigration
advocates have not yet given this issue the attention it deserves, in
contrast to the anti-immigrationists, who are licking their lips in
anticipation of Al Qaeda's next strike. We hope that Secretary Ridge's
warning today will serve as a wake-up call to pro-immigration advocates,
immigration lawyers, and all those in the immigration law community.
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I am a student here and yesterday (July 6) as I was coming back from a short trip to Japan, the US-VISIT system stopped functioning and I had to wait on the spot for nearly an hour. The officer said there was nothing he
could do and that I had to wait. He also told me this happened a short while ago while 1400 visitors were waiting and that the visitors were "so mad". Another officer was joking to another visitor that this was "the first time the system's
stopped... since not a long time". This shouldn't be a joke. My officer asked me if I had a connecting flight, but if I answered yes, that would have done nothing. I also had to endure that humiliating process of fingerprinting three times over while the officer tried whether the system was up and running. Once is enough, and three times the humiliation plus the long wait is more than enough. If the system is overloaded now, what's going to happen once the fingerprinting starts for millions of tourists? I hope you take this issue up to prevent the mistake of further humiliating well-meaning visitors to this country.
In your recent editorial, you make the analogy between the US government's layered defense and Nazi Germany. Specifically you say, "Nazi Germany tried an even more comprehensive domestic security system [than ours], the failures of which are well-documented. If our misguided response to 9/11 draws us closer to a Gestapo State, Al Qaeda may have already won." The analogy is too over the
top to be fair or convincing. It is just as accurate to say we are moving to a system more like France, Austria or especially Switzerland. I favor (and lobby for) more relaxed immigration quotas with clear and simple rules
designed to attract the ambitious, the hardworking and the talented to this country just like you do, but implying that anyone trying to enforce the law or tighten it is a kissing cousin to the National Socialists makes me
get mad at your views and want to take the other side. I suspect it turns many others off too. Certainly that kind of rhetoric won't convince many immigration restrictionists to listen to your views. How would you react if I said your policies copy open borders anarchists and the Unabomber, or perhaps that you are in the company of "traitors"? I suspect you'd disregard what I
had to say.
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