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From Michael Fjetland, a
counterterrorism adviser who predicted 9/11
[MARCH 30, 2006]
"If a man be
gracious to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of the world,
and his heart is no island, cut off from other islands, but a
continent that joins them." Francis Bacon wrote these words. In the
past few days over 500,000 people have protested the proposed new
law that would make millions of people felons for being illegally in
Different international smuggling gangs are making raids on other
gangs' houses in Houston -- where they "stashed" people instead of
cocaine. Human trafficking is more profitable than drug trafficking,
and smugglers are giving up the drugs to smuggle people. Which is
the worst of the two events?
Women have also been the target of
international traffickers. Both issues require creative solutions in
Making people felons won't solve the problem. If it is a choice
between feeding the family and getting a felony, most people will
choose the latter. Congress should know it as well. Right now,
border agents can't tell economic refugees from potential
terrorists, when thousands are crossing illegally every day.
Our present system encourages massive numbers of people to
circumvent our border crossings, overwhelming border security
despite all the walls you build. Even the Berlin Wall failed to keep
people from crossing -- and it was small compared to our Mexico-U.S.
border that stretches thousands of miles.
The only solution is a radical one -- ENCOURAGE people to go
through our border checkpoints so we have a "biometric fingerprint"
on everyone, which can be checked against our watch lists. A work
permit is that lure. The only way to do that is to take a serious
look at President Bush's guest worker plan. [President's
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Let's face it, I don't see any of these people taking over as
chief executive officer of Wal-Mart; nor do I see regular Americans
willing to cut grass and do a lot of nasty work these people do
If we change our system to bring people THROUGH our system
instead of forcing them to go AROUND it, then that leaves only the
terrorists or people smugglers crossing illegally to avoid giving up
their identity. Our agents could focus on them. They will no longer
be able to hide among the swarms of people coming across looking for
a job instead of a target. It's a win-win.
Final thought: If we REALLY want to fix this problem, we need to
help generate economic growth in places like Mexico so that the jobs
develop there. THAT will reduce the desire of people to cross the
border for work HERE.
Francis Bacon had it right. We need to do the same.
[Michael Fjetland; Global American newsletter]
Michael Fjetland is an international attorney, negotiator and
counterterrorism adviser. For more information and to sign up for
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