The key to fighting transnational crime.
Whenever we deal with others we are concerned with their motivations for the things they do and say (or fail to do or refuse to speak about).
How many times have we heard the following questions asked of a witness at a trial or, perhaps, a Congressional hearing, "What did you know and when did you know it?"
The problem is that truth is often hard, if not impossible to come by. Polygraph machines and their operators are often employed by companies and government agencies that are concerned about the honesty of employees and others.
Today we will try to gain a bit of insight into the motivations of our government insofar as purported efforts to protect our nation and our citizens from international terrorists and transnational criminals are concerned. My method will be to analyze a recent news release that was issued by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) touting the values of international cooperation with foreign governments and the ways that this cooperation can translate into enhanced security for the United States.
Interestingly cooperation between the United States and the government of Israel was highlighted in the ICE news release. I had the distinct privilege of working closely with the Israeli National Police (INP) for nearly my entire career as an INS special agent as a result of a threat to an Israeli oil refinery posed by a terrorist plot that I stumbled upon in 1976. Both the United States and Israel benefited greatly from the various instances where we worked cooperatively following that fortuitous discovery which enabled the Israeli's to thwart that attack in 1976.
The issue that provides insight into the understanding of our government has of the value of the visa requirement, however, will not provide you with comfort. Clearly the author of the ICE news release understands just how important the visa process is to national security and yet, the administration continues to push to increase the number of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program in a particularly dangerous era. Currently the citizens of 36 countries do not need to apply for visas before seeking to enter the United States as tourists.
The ICE news release highlighted the importance of uncovering fraud in applications for visas, yet under the auspices of the Visa Waiver Program, no applications are filed and so it is impossible to seek to uncover fraud! This is just one of several reasons why the Visa Waiver Program is wrong-headed and, indeed, dangerous to our nation and our citizens.
The conclusion that must be reached is that the administration understands how the Visa Waiver Program undermines national security and eliminates what should be a critical layer of security- it simply has decided that placating the Chamber of Commerce and other members of the Discover America Partnership that likely make huge campaign contributions, trumps national security!
Here are a couple of links you should check out: Discoveramericapartnership.org
Commerce is important and worthwhile, but not when our security is compromised!
Show me a politician who refuses to enforce the immigration laws or attempts to trivialize these laws, and I will show you a politician who needs to find out what it is like to stand on the unemployment line!
Benjamin Franklin, in discussing our then fledgeling nation, said that they had given us a republic if we could keep it!
What he was making clear was that this democratic republic required that its citizens take their citizenship seriously and keep the political leaders accountable.
It is time for the citizens of our nation to make certain that our nation's leaders, on all levels, to come to terms with the fundamental fact that the purpose of our immigration laws is to protect our nation and our citizens from aliens whose presence has the potential to have a serious adverse impact. Ignoring those laws exposes our nation and our citizens to a variety of serious threats and challenges ranging from national security and criminal justice and public safety to the economy, the environment, healthcare and education!
A country without secure borders can no more stand than can a house without walls!
If our country is to survive and if our children and their children are to get their share of the "American Dream" the citizens of this nation must take their citizenship seriously!
We the People must be the best citizens we can be, citizens who are worthy of the gallantry demonstrated by our valiant men and women in the military, law enforcement and firefighters, who routinely go in harm's way in defense of this nation and our citizens.
My goal in writing this and other commentaries is to point out our nations many failings before more victims pay the ultimate price for the incompetence and ineptitude of our government.
The first step in problem-solving is to first identify the problems and vulnerabilities and then devise strategies to overcome them.
If you find yourself to be in agreement with this commentary, I ask that you forward it to as many of your friends and family members as possible and encourage them to do the same. We need to create a "Bucket Brigade of Truth!"
The practice of good citizenship does not end in the voting booth, it only begins there. For far too long our citizens demonstrated apathy which emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. I am encouraged that more and more of us, We the People, are not willing to simply sit on the sidelines anymore!I believe our nation's is greatly benefited by the rich diversity of our people which is why I could never imagine living anywhere except New York City, arguably the most diverse city in our nation if not, in fact, the world. However, my idea of diversity most certainly does not include members of MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels or members of other transnational gangs or members of al-Qaeda!
I also believe that the original purpose of our nation's immigration laws need to be be brought "front and center" to make certain that our nation does not permit the entry of aliens into our country whose presence in our country is problematic for the citizens of our nation and that if such aliens do succeed in entering our country that our nation have the resources, integrity and dedication to do everything possible to make it impossible for such aliens to function within our country so that even if they are not apprehended, they will find it pointless to remain in the United States.
As I have noted on a number of occasions, "No one would break into the amusement park if they could not get to go on the rides and no one remains in the amusement park at the end of the day when they turn shut down the rides and turn off the lights!"