Written by Michael Cutler, former INS Special Agent
The official report, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel begins with the following paragraph: It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.
Nevertheless, even as Fox News reported on June 25, 2019, “Sept. 11 first responders call sit-down with McConnell ‘one of the best meetings we’ve had’”. Fox News also reported, “Dem-led House passes $4.5B bill to aid migrants at border, setting up showdown with GOP-led Senate.”
While the Democrats balk at the funding of a border wall that would deter the massive tsunami of unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug smuggling, their “leaders” are happy to spend huge sums of tax-payer provided cash on caring for illegal aliens who should not be here in the first place!
Those two reports are inextricably intertwined. Border security is national security!
The Democrats have refused to fund DHS leaving our southern border open to a mass influx of unprecedented numbers of illegal aliens. Meanwhile as the beleaguered Border Patrol attempts to deal with the onslaught of more than 100,000 illegal aliens per month, sections of the dangerous and porous U.S./Mexican border have become more vulnerable as agents who are assigned to dealing the aliens in custody are not able to protect our borders. This is an extremely perilous situation that has been crated by the failures of the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives to provide funding for the border wall demanded by President Trump.
The price America paid for the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 is measured not just in dollars but in lives. The lives lost on September 11, 2001 and the lives that continue to be lost to this very day and into the future.
Consider this excerpt from the above-noted report concerning the meeting between McConnell and the 9/11 first responders: The House Judiciary Committee passed a reauthorization bill for the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund on Wednesday, where it will now move to the full House and is expected to pass with bipartisan support.
Advocates have rallied to keep the bill alive until 2090, the expected lifespan of first responders who developed illnesses from inhaling toxic fumes during recovery efforts and while clearing rubble at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa. following the terrorist attacks in 2001.
More than 2,000 firefighters, police officers, federal agents and other first responders have died from 9/11-related diseases and that number is expected to climb over time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s World Trade Center Health Program.
Critics have opposed making the bill open-ended, while advocates have cited the terminal illnesses that many first responders continue to face. More than 40,000 people have applied to the fund and over $5 billion in benefits have been awarded out of the $7.4 billion fund with about 21,000 claims still pending.
The exhortation, “Never forget” implores our leaders to make certain that America is kept safe from future terror attacks. However, it is being completely ignored by politicians who refuse to fund meaningful immigration law enforcement.
I fear the future costs America may well bear because of their betrayals.