In 1989's Field of Dreams, there was the line, "Build it and they will come."
Well, "they" have been coming, and 'it' needs to be built.
April 6, 2006
JINSA Report #562
"Other than Mexicans" and "Special Interest OTM Apprehensions"
The Senate is likely to vote on an immigration reform bill tomorrow. Particularly in the south, but increasingly in the north, we must reinstate American laws and American control of America's borders. And crucial to the debate and the security of our country are the phrases "OTM" and "Special Interest OTM Apprehensions."
Google the phrase, "Other Than Mexican," and you get 55 MILLION hits. "OTM" is a catch phrase for an immigration problem that, while tracked diligently by the U.S. Government and others, remains almost entirely without a solution and thus contributes to American vulnerability to terrorism.
First, the process. Mexicans trying to enter the U.S. illegally, are often simply processed at the border and sent back. But Mexico won't allow us to send citizens from other countries back through Mexico, and under U.S. law, they're entitled to a formal deportation hearing. The immigration service lacks the beds to hold them, so the vast majority of OTMs are released from custody and asked to voluntarily return for their court date.
Second, the numbers. The Washington Times reported last year, "Of the estimated 465,000 fugitive absconders (people caught, then released on their own recognizance into the U.S., but failed to return for their deportation hearing; different from people who enter illegally and are never caught) currently living in the United States, 71,000 are thought to be 'other than Mexican'� among whom terrorists lurk... federal agents in Texas have detected a threefold increase in non-Mexican numbers this year. The U.S. Border Patrol had detained 98,000 non-Mexican nationals across the country by early June, but about 70 percent of them were released immediately, owing to the lack of detention facilities."
Most of the OTMs are OL � Other Latin � but "Special Interest OTM Apprehensions" are defined as emanating from countries that would seek to do harm to American interests; terrorist supporting (and exporting) countries � Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Yemen, Syria and so on. This week, FBI Director Robert Muller announced that the Iranian-backed Hezballah had succeeded in smuggling operatives across the Mexican border into the U.S. Mr. Muller claimed the FBI had dismantled the smuggling ring, identified the people who had been smuggled in and "addressed them. Or at least "addressed" those we know about. Or something.
A word about immigrants: we like them � our families were immigrants � and immigration insures our future. We vastly prefer the immigration demonstrations rolling across the U.S. right now, to the angry French riots. Ours are generally because people believe their economic future is better here and feature lots of high school students taking an impromptu "Spring break." Theirs are generally because the future looks bleak and "twenty-something" students demand a secure economic future they are unlikely to get.
But our generally positive feelings about immigrants cannot be a substitute for a bottom-line � it is the obligation of the American government to control who enters our country and under what circumstances.
If you are caught driving drunk you will automatically be charged with gross negligence if involved in an accident, because just the act of getting into the car. If you god forbid someone is killed in that accident, you will do 15 to 20 years in prison, unless you have more then $2 or 3 million dollars for a lawyer.
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You are very welcome, g_w_b_s. If the General may be permitted an opinion, it is that too few people understand or are willing to accept that colonel's assessment.
But as we've heard, it's better to leave 'em laughing (or at least, chuckling), so the General will post the following one here:
(OT) DRESS CODE
An Islamic terrorist, fleeing Israeli troops, was parched and desperate for water as he trudged through the desert wasteland. Spying something in the far distance, he headed for it, only to find that it was a little elderly Jewish man at a small stand, selling neckties.
"Do you have any water?," the terrorist asked.
"I'm sorry, I haven't any water, but I have some very nice ties specially sale priced at only 22 shekels (< US$5). Would you like to buy one?"
The enraged terrorist screamed, "Cursed Jew! Israel should not exist! I do not need an overpriced tie. I NEED WATER!! I should kill you with my bare hands, but I must find water first."
"OK," said the man. "It does not matter to me that you do not want to buy a tie and that you hate me. I will show you that I am bigger than that. If you continue over that dune to the west for about 3 kilometers, you will come to a very nice restaurant. It has all the water you need. Shalom."
Muttering curses, the terrorist staggered away over the dune. Several hours later, he came crawling back.
"Your sister won't let me in without a tie."
You're welcome, tt99. The General has to agree with you about the airing of dirty laundry and personnel grievances on a public message board. It's unfortunate that such apparent pesonnel problems can't be handled in a more private, discreet way or communicated off-line.
When the article that the General has posted, first came to his attention last Thursday, the day it was published, this mb was the first place he thought of passing it on to. It was sent to him by a retired army colonel, a 30-year man who's spent a total of 13 years working with the State Department as an anti-terrorism specialist, 5 of those years while still in the army.
He's been an advisor who has worked helping some 50 countries throughout the world, but the middle-east is a particular area in which he's specialized.
He was also the top cop (in his civilian career) for a couple of mid-size American cities. Very interesting fellow.