Dear Walter Jones.

Just when I was starting to think you weren't just another Republican nutcase, you send me an email like this.

Recently, Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard wrote an article where he referred to several of my colleagues on the immigration caucus as "yahoos." Mr. Kristol later went on to describe himself on Fox News channel as soft on "illegal immigration." Sadly, this point of view is not an isolated opinion.

Oh my god. You're sending me an email telling me that Bill Kristol agrees with me on something. That all by itself makes your message unwelcome clutter in my mailbox. But, unfortunately, that ain't the half of it.

Significant numbers of self-described conservatives do not believe that securing our borders and enforcing our nation's immigration laws should be the federal government's number one national security priority. But Post 9/11, numerous lawmakers in Washington D.C. have come to the conclusion that for national security reasons alone our nation can no longer afford an "open borders" policy. Consider the written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on February 16, 2005 by Deputy Homeland Security Secretary James Loy.

"Recent information from ongoing investigations, detentions, and emerging threat streams strongly suggests that al Qaeda has considered using the Southwest Border to infiltrate the United States," Loy stated. "Several al Qaeda leaders believe operatives can pay their way into the country through Mexico and also believe illegal entry is more advantageous than legal entry for operational security reasons." Loy also related the danger of infiltration through the extensive Canadian border, and concluded, "Al Qaeda and affiliated elements currently have the capability to produce small amounts of crude biological weapons, and may have acquired small amounts of radioactive materials."

Hmmmm. May have acquired small amounts of radioactive materials. Where have I heard this before?

FBI Director Robert Mueller also appeared before the Intelligence Committee. "Because of al Qaeda's directed efforts this year to infiltrate covert operatives into the U.S., I am also very concerned with the growing body of sensitive reporting that continues to show al Qaeda's clear intention to obtain and ultimately use some form of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-energy explosives material in attacks against America."

Yikes and Oh My God. Those sound like WMD's! I thought we were fighting them over there so we wouldn't have to fight them over here . . . or something like that.

The 9/11 Commission's final report of July 22, 2004 pointed out immigration-related failures or problems that likely contributed to the attacks. As examples of missed opportunities, the report notes that collectively the 9/11 hijackers: included known al Qaeda operatives who could have been watchlisted, presented fraudulent passports, presented passports with suspicious indicators of extremism, made detectable false statements on visa applications, made false statements to border officials to gain entry into the United States, and violated immigration laws while in the United States. The report contends that because border security was not considered to be a national security matter prior to 9/11, neither the State Department's consular officers nor the Immigration and Naturalization Service's inspectors or agents were considered to be "full partners" in the national counterterrorism efforts.

To correct these weaknesses, the Commission made several recommendations including integrating the U.S. border security system into a larger network of screening points that includes the transportation system and setting standards for the issuance of birth certificates and sources of identification, such as driver's licenses. The Commission would also like to see a complete biometric screening system that also speeds qualified travelers.

You sort of had me for a while with all that biometric whizbang, but then you go and say this:

I would also argue that a considerable number of illegal immigrants have no interest in becoming American citizens - as seen by the flying of Mexican flags in recent demonstrations across the country.

Earth to Jones: WTF do you think they were flying Mexican flags for, dipshit? They were fucking PROTESTING against you and the ideological hypocrites who want their cheap labor. But then you confuse me with this:

What we need now is to support the House bill that secures our border first, and then let's deal with legislation that provides legal temporary workers for our businesses with a component that emphasizes a renewed commitment to English, American civic culture and the rule of law. We do not have to go after illegal workers. We have to go after illegal businesses.

That's a little tricky Walter. Seems to me we're talking about 11 million workers who are propping up the entire US economy on their backs. Do all your constitutents know you want to put them out of business?

September 11th and the terrorist attack on London should be a wake-up call for this country. Business as usual is not an option. It is time to secure our borders.

Finally we agree. Business as usual is not an option. It's time to get rid of crooked people who hate government - like most of your buddies in Congress - and replace them with honest, competent civil servants who care about the common good.


Sorry for no links . . .

but this came as an email. Maybe Dole and Burr could take some pointers for Walter in the etiquette department. At least he answers my letters.

Our borders

Ports are the comeback.

Everytime one of these yahoos brings up immigration control to protect our borders, we should be asking them why they have contiuously voted against Democratic initiatives to protect our ports. The 9/11 commission said our ports were a major concern.

Over 90 percent of the nation’s $5.3 billion annual investment in the TSA goes to aviation—to fight the last war…The current efforts do not yet reflect a forward-looking strategic plan systematically analyzing assets, risks, costs, and benefits….
* Major vulnerabilities still exist in cargo and general aviation security.
* While commercial aviation remains a possible target, terrorists may turn their attention to other modes.

Opportunities to do harm are as great, or greater, in maritime or surface transportation. Initiatives to secure shipping containers have just begun. Surface transportation systems such as railroads and mass transit remain hard to protect because they are so accessible and extensive.

Despite congressional deadlines, the TSA has developed neither an integrated strategic plan for the transportation sector nor specific plans for the various modes—air, sea, and ground.

Yet, our ports are still unprotected. All these years later.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

What a surprise

Are you really surprised? Walter Jones Jr is an unabashed bigot. The left should stop coddling him just because he had a moment of lucidity on the war.

Not surprised.

I know exactly what you mean. Jones is a hard-core xenophobe and his moment of lucidity on the war passed in a heartbeat. I need to get better at sarcasm! :)

Good to see you out and about today.