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A Barrier at the U.S.-Mexico Border, A First and Necessary Step

Much has been said about President Trump’s Executive Order on “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” issued on January 25th. Some of it good, a lot of it, political noise. However, rarely included in the discussions on this Presidential action is the comment by the Israeli Prime Minister. For example, on 1/28/2017 at 10:55 a.m., Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted:

“President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea 🇮🇱🇺🇸”

This reminded me of a post I wrote almost three years ago, posted on June 12, 2014, where I addressed immigration as a national security issue and posited there are lessons that could be extrapolated from our ally, Israel’s, experience.

Remember, I wrote the following post in 2014. The global threats to U.S. security and interests have increased as those who seek our destruction have declared and demonstrated they will use all available means to attack our people; to reach and strike our homeland.

Shouldn’t the U.S. take the necessary steps to protect the American people and the homeland? If policy makers support Israel’s efforts to defend itself, why not support similar efforts by the Trump administration?

Here is an excerpt from my June 2014 post:

U.S. Can Learn A Lot From Israel About Secure Borders

I’ve been to Israel and colleagues there have a keen understanding of the importance that immigration is, first, a national security issue. Since then, it has always struck me how Members of Congress from both political parties have no problem conceptualizing and accepting the vetting mechanisms used by other nations to ascertain who enters, departs, or lives in a country.

Some of the more vocal Congressional opponents today of a U.S.-Mexico barrier, from 2004 to 2006 supported border protection proposals in foreign lands that included resolutions supporting “the construction by Israel of a security fence.” Members of Congress understood that countries such as Israel needed that barrier for protection not because it wants to erect a wall, but because the “security barrier is designed to make it difficult for unauthorized persons to cross the barrier without providing the Israeli authorities enough information and time to deal with the persons making the crossing.”

The Israeli barrier is part of a comprehensive system of checks operating at various entry points throughout the country. Israel gets it right. Yet the barrier is only part of Israel’s comprehensive border security system that American politicos have applauded. Other measures that seem to enjoy support from American politicians include border security measures including profiling, identification card requirements, facial recognition programs, drones, and much more.

Why is it then, for example, too much to require the necessary documentation from those seeking access to or entry into the U.S. in order for U.S. officials to do their due diligence? Some proponents of amnesty or “comprehensive immigration reform” contend that the Israeli and U.S. contexts are far too different for comparison. Are they really?

In April of this year [2014], U.S. federal law enforcement officials discovered two very large tunnels leading into the San Diego area. Just a few weeks earlier, Israeli authorities found a tunnel spanning “several hundred meters into Israel” and described by Israeli army officials as “among the largest and most sophisticated ever found.”

Unlike Hamas and Hezbollah, the drug and criminal cartels operating in Mexico, Central and South America may not be designated, yet, as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). However, these violent narco-trafficking networks constitute a serious threat to U.S. security and, in some instances, are facilitating terrorist financing activities in and through the Western Hemisphere.

Just two years ago, former DEA Chief of Operations Michael Braun, testified before Congress that terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah “understand that the Mexican drug trafficking cartels now dominate drug trafficking in our country – reportedly in more than 250 cities” and “these groups most assuredly recognize the strategic value of exploiting that activity, and all that has been built to support it, for moving their vision forward in this part of the world.”

Other U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials have confirmed that Hezbollah operatives and loyalists are using the drug trafficking routes to smuggle “contraband and people” into the U.S. illegally. News reports also cite several cases of convicted Hezbollah supporters having entered the U.S. illegally…

…The U.S. immigration system is one of the most generous and welcoming systems in the world. There are options for well-deserving victims of human trafficking, torture, political persecution, and many other categories of people seeking a better life in freedom. If conditions in home countries are such that they compel an individual to seek refuge in the U.S., there are multiple processes in the U.S. immigration system that they can avail themselves of to achieve the same ends legally and, in so doing, assist U.S. law enforcement in discerning the good from the significant number of criminals, terrorists, and other bad actors trying to do the U.S. harm.

President George W. Bush underscored in October 2003:

“Israel must not feel constrained in terms of defending the homeland.”

Nor should we.”

The rest of the post is available here.

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