Illegal Immigration and National Security

Illegal Immigration and National Security
It is estimated there are currently anywhere from 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants in America. While the millions of illegal Mexicans in America may not be a national security threat, they help create a need for false documentation and identities. This underground network is a great asset to those who are threats to us.

Julie L. Myers, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for ICE made a profound statement in June of 2006, following the arrest of twenty-two illegal immigrants who worked for a company that provided services for Camp Pendleton. She said, “Those who use fraud or false documents to gain employment mask not only their true identities, but also their motives. Moreover, they could be open to exploitation by terrorists or other criminals.”

The examples of illegal immigrants found working on military installations or for companies that provide services on military bases is incredible.

* In October 2005, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Defense arrested dozens of illegal immigrants at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and Navy, Marine and Army bases in California and Louisiana.
* One month later, ICE arrested a batch of illegal immigrants and their employers. This crew was working in San Diego at Naval Air Station North Island.
* In February 2006, nine illegal immigrants were arrested by ICE at the Dugway Proving Grounds. The nine were arrested “inside the perimeter of the highly sensitive site, which serves as a major chemical and biological testing center for the Department of Defense.”
* When June rolled around, ICE arrested fourteen illegal immigrants working at Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head, Maryland. For those who don’t know, “the base designs, tests and manufactures explosive warheads and propellants and propulsion systems for guns, missiles, rockets and ejector seats in military aircraft.”
* In July of the same year, ICE arrested fifty-eight illegal immigrants trying to enter Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Furthermore, “Ft. Bragg safety officials have detained more than 150 persons attempting to gain access under false pretenses. The vast majority of the detainees were construction workers detained at gates to the installation.”
* A month later, 15 illegals were arrested in Roswell. They were there to paint military aircraft, including the C-130. Some were actually painting the aircraft when they were arrested.
* In January 2007, ICE arrested two men who were conspiring to hire illegal immigrants to work on Quantico Marine Base in Virginia. One of the men, Juan Martinez, had been deported once already, but re-entered the country illegally again. They arrested “14 undocumented workers were administratively arrested in Virginia, three at the Quantico Marine Base, three in Fredericksburg and eight at the apartment complex in Dumfries.”
* ICE also arrested two illegal immigrants at Creech AFB in Indian Springs, Nevada. One of the men was “a member of MS-13, considered to be one of the most dangerous gangs operating in America. “
* Twenty-one illegal immigrants were arrested when they tried to enter Fort Benning in January of 2007. They were working on the soldier’s barracks.

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