An Action Plan for
Securing America's Borders
October 11, 2001
In the wake of Sept. 11, Rep. Tom Tancredo, the courageous
leader of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, has been telling
his fellow legislators that if they do not take action to secure
America’s borders, they are not lax.
They are culpable.
Prior to the tragedy, immigration arguments revolved around
economics – a limitless labor pool for Big Business, or politics – a
new constituency for Big Government.
Now, the immigration debate centers on a single theme: security. Shocked
to sense by the realization that terrorists live among us, in the
immediate aftermath of the attacks it seemed that Washington might get
serious about securing our borders.
Senator Dianne Feinstein told the New York Times that
she was considering a bill to impose a six-month moratorium on student
visas. Ted Kennedy introduced legislation to set up a foreign student
tracking system accessible by the State Department, INS, FBI and CIA. We got an office of Homeland Security and an Attorney General
who vowed, “America will not allow terrorists to use our hospitality as
a weapon against us.”
But that was all we got.
President Bush’s boldest proposal was deportation of foreign
nationals suspected of terrorist activities and tracking technology for
foreign students. His
spokesman maintains that despite the threat posed by 11 million illegal
aliens in our midst, amnesty “is not dead.”
Attorney General Ashcroft has set up a task force – no doubt
aspiring hijackers are trembling now – that will bar members of 46
terrorist organizations from entering the U.S.
As for that new Office of Homeland Security, Director Tom Ridge has
made no mention of immigration reform.
Washington’s commitment to inaction continues, but the mood
of the country has shifted. Seventy-six
percent of voters believe their government is not doing enough to control
the border. Eighty-five
percent think lax enforcement of immigration laws allows terrorists to
enter easily. Americans want
real immigration reform. And
so do we.
TAC President Bay Buchanan is speaking with elected officials
and private organizations to combine our best ideas into an agenda for
action – both at the national level and at the grassroots.
Included in this month’s issue, you’ll find a preview of our
plan. Take this tool, read it
carefully, pass it on to your friends, and work with us to spread the
Our bleeding borders are now front lines in the war on
terror, and we will not know homeland security until we commit to dramatic
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