The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is supplying weapons to Al-Qaida, the international terrorist organization, with which to kill Americans in Iraq and Afganistan (NY Times Sept 20th, 2007). You and I would not trust Ahmadinejad loose in the United States with a valid New York driver’s license giving him access to places and information that are dangerous to us, but it does not bother Governor Eliot Spitzer one bit. Ahmadinejad has not gone missing in America yet, he is under constant watch, but did you know that between September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2005 91,000 persons from countries that harbor terrorism have been apprehended at our border with Mexico (According to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, it is estimated that for each one caught it is estimated that 4 or 5 are never spotted crossing).
Many of those apprehended had made a long journey starting in the Middle East and proceeding to Spain, then to South American, finally to Mexico and eventually, up to two years later and after paying up to $50,000 to Mexican criminal cartels, into our country through our unprotected borders?
Yes it is true. Border Patrol Agents, T. J. Bonner the President of the Border Patrol Agents, Texas Sheriffs, Congressmen, journalists and analysts have testified before Congress that persons of interest have been captured at our borders by the thousands! T.J. Bonner and several Congressmen (Poe, Norwood, Tancredo and Sensenbrenner among them) have testified that Border Patrol Agents and Supervisors have been prohibited by President Bush, the Secretary of Homeland Security and the former (disgraced) Attorney General Alberto Gonzales from speaking publicly about these captures.
Who would make a circuitous journey taking two years, through three continents, and after all those travel difficulties and costs pay an additional $50,000 to a Mexican criminal cartel to help them violate our borders? Could these persons of interest in paying so much money to get a minimum wage job at a 7-Eleven store in an illegal alien enclave in New York City?
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General, between 2001-2005 “more than 91,000 aliens from Special Interest Countries or State Sponsors of Terrorism, were apprehended, of which 45,000 were later released” into American society. “This presents a significant risk due to the inability of CBP and ICE to verify the identity, country-of origin, and terrorist or criminal affiliation of many of the aliens being released.” Approximately 85 percent are then expected to abscond, or fail to appear for immigration hearings before the Court.
Imagine, on the eve of the remembrance of the 9/11 terror attack in New York that left over 3000 Americans dead and hundreds of thousands of family and friends grieving, Governor Eliot Spitzer hands a victory to up to a million illegal aliens in New York seeking a legal ID to pass as Americans. Illegal immigrants and terrorists illegally hiding in our country that have been unable to get a valid government issued drivers license are now welcomed by the Governor of New York to get one in the state of New York.
If a terrorist first slipped into our country legally past our Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) on a valid passport and visa and then when their identification expired went into hiding while waiting to get their orders from their handlers they would stand out for their lack of a valid identification, but in New York city, with the blessing of Governor Eliot Spitzer they will not have such worries.
Then there is the small matter of the Real ID Act which was signed into law on May 11, 2005. Regarding the issuance of a state driver’s license the law acts states: