2004 November 08 Monday
700 Arrested On Immigration Violations To Foil Terrorist Attacks

A major effort was made to arrest people from Muslim countries before the 2004 election in order to foil any terrorist attacks that may have been planned. Vigorous selective enforcement of immigration law is a key tactic used domestically to reduce the risk of terrorist attacks. (same article here and here and here)

For example, ICE agents arrested a 23-year-old Pakistani man in late October who had illegally entered the United States through Mexico in 2000 and was working as a fuel tanker truck driver with access to a major U.S. seaport. The man, who was not further identified, is charged with making false statements about how he entered the country and remains under investigation for any links to terrorism.

He was one of the 237 people arrested in October alone on immigration violations, for a total of over 700 since the enforcement effort began last year, Garcia said. "It was a broad approach that led us to have a very disruptive effect, we believe," he said.

Law enforcement personnel admit they see immigration law enforcement as a valuable way to reduce the risk of terrorist attacks. Someone should tell George W. Bush about this fact. Though even if he understands this I am guessing he doesn't want to accept the implications for national immigration policy.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2004 November 08 01:07 PM  Immigration Terrorism

John S Bolton said at November 14, 2004 7:06 PM:

This is where I should admit that my prediction of a terror-bombing timed to disrupt the elections was incorrect. On the other hand, there is some possibility that such a plot was prevented by the above-mentioned arrests. The fact that the administration did see the need to pull in a dragnet like the above, shows how the country is vulnerable from the openness to undesirable aliens.

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