FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SEN. SPECTER IGNORES THREATS TO NATIONAL SECURITY
PHOENIX, AZ (July 5, 2006) – Chris Simcox, President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (“MCDC”), released the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on guest worker amnesty in Pennsylvania July 5th:
“Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter remains committed to forcing guest worker amnesty with a ‘path to citizenship’ upon the American people against our will. Any proposal for amnesty cum ‘guest worker permit path to citizenship’ is a national security risk that is already causing a human tsunami across our unsecured borders for those seeking to ‘get in under the wire.’ This wave of illegal migrants is exploiting the black market document underground in anticipation of new amnesty programs—and conceals in its sea of humanity all sorts of criminal and even terrorist elements. In some of the areas the Minutemen have stood watch, the numbers of people crossing the borders illegally have increased tenfold since the talk of amnesty by the President and the Senate began last year. Terrorist-affiliated extremists, gang members, drug, arms and human traffickers use this human tidal wave at our border as cover for their illicit activities. The Minuteman Corps has been responsible for spotting and reporting members of each of the aforementioned elements to authorities, resulting in confirmed apprehensions.
“The critical need is to immediately secure this nation's borders with federal troops. There is no conflict with the Posse Comitatus Act, as the war zone that is America’s southern frontier and the wide-open northern border do not represent a law enforcement matter—but a matter of national security. We must establish operational control over our borders at once. It is a violation of Constitutional duty that our federal government does not have operational control of our borders. The Senate must stop playing immigration politics with America’s territorial integrity and national security—Senate calls for amnesty disguised as a so-called temporary guest worker program have greatly worsened the illegal ‘immigration’ crisis and must cease until the border is SECURE.
“The political pandering to the estimated 12-30 million illegal aliens already in our country and to their employers desirous of a steady pool of slave-wage labor needs to stop until our nation’s territorial integrity is reestablished. Then politics as usual will doubtless resume. But not today. Today, the urgent need is for Congress to fund and IMMEDIATELY ACHIEVE a substantial increase in deployed border security elements: we must build fences and barriers, dedicate satellites and other technology to our border security and put armed troops on the ground along the border at once.
No system is in place to process the tens of millions of illegal aliens already in the United States. Completely apart from the sovereignty and assimilation questions confronting us, the cost to the American taxpayer is prohibitive to install the huge bureaucracy required to administer U.S. Senate proposals of massive amnesty. In this time of war, our resources must first be dedicated to border security only and immediately.
“According to the Department of Homeland Security’s own Inspector General, 45,008 illegal aliens from countries on the U.S. list of state-sponsors of terror (SST) and from countries that protect terrorists (SIC) were released onto the streets of America and it is still not known how many of these illegals, if any, were actually deported. Where are the hearings on this outrageous debacle?
“As the U.S. Senate continues to obstruct real border security, playing politics with America’s security and sovereignty, tens of thousands of potential terrorists are roaming U.S. territory free to plan, plot and carry out violent, hostile, potentially devastating attacks on American soil. Unarmed members of the National Guard have been deployed to our southern frontier to do vehicle maintenance and paperwork while our borders remain wide open to terrorists, arms and drug traffickers, rapists, thieves, murderers and millions of illegal, unidentified migrants.
“Amidst these threats to national security and pubic safety, Senator Arlen Specter holds hearings to further guest worker amnesty. There is something seriously wrong here.”
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