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Posted: 9/22/2004 5:39:42 AM EST
Duh... Use the drug importation statistics to calculate how many of the total are apprehended. 1 to 10% if you are lucky?



Between Oct. 2, 2003, and June 30, 2004, these foreign nationals from
countries with significant terrorist operations were apprehended at the
U.S.-Mexican border:

Afghanistan: 8

Indonesia: 13

Iran: 7

Iraq: 5

Jordan: 9

Pakistan: 19

Philippines: 37

Saudi Arabia: 6

Syria: 5

Source: U.S. Border Patrol


www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=opinion&story_id=091604b5_guestkyl

Terrorism threat along our border is serious

JON KYL
Tucson Citizen

A major threat to homeland security that has lurked in the back of America's
public consciousness burst into the news recently when the FBI warned
Mexican media and border-area law enforcement to be on the lookout for a
suspected al-Qaeda terror cell leader who might be trying to sneak into the
United States along immigrant smuggling routes.
I'm sure many people had the same reaction I did to the news about "armed
and dangerous" terrorism suspect Adnan G. El Shukrijumah - an aggravated
lack of surprise.

After all, how could our notoriously porous border not be a conduit for
terrorists? Why wouldn't those seeking to attack America be tempted to join
the hundreds of thousands already illegally entering from Mexico?

Money talks if you want to cross the border. And if there's one thing we've
learned about the 19 hijackers of 9/11, it's that they are well financed.

Recent news reports focusing on border security concerns are a welcome
development for those of us who have been pushing the issue for years.
Watchdog groups have sneaked fake weapons of mass destruction over the
border to illustrate America's vulnerability. A Tucson TV station has filmed
evidence collected by a rancher who lives near the border, including Muslim
prayer blankets and diaries written in Arabic.

The Border Patrol has released data, excerpted here, on how many "Other Than
Mexican" foreign nationals were apprehended in just a nine-month period on
the southern border. It's a genuinely frightening list, particularly when
you remember that despite their best efforts, the agents catch fewer
migrants than they miss.

Most of these people are typical illegal immigrants in search of freedom,
economic opportunity and a better way of life. But they're still breaking
the law. And if even a tiny fraction are terrorists, we now know the
potential for destruction can be enormous.

That's why, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on
Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security, and a member of the
Subcommittee on Immigration, I have worked hard to educate senators from
states that don't share our "front line" problems about this reality.

We have provided significant increases in personnel and resources, including
raising the Border Patrol force from 4,000 in 1996 to around 11,000 today,
adding Customs inspectors, and providing "force multipliers" like lighting
projects, night-vision goggles and truck-sized X-ray machines. I also helped
secure $2.3 million for the Nogales Cyberport project, a collaborative
federal, state, and local effort to bring state-of-the-art infrastructure to
the Mariposa port of entry in Nogales.

Much more needs to be done. In March 2003, I led a hearing on the need for
infrastructure and technology improvements at the border. The next day, Sen.
John McCain and I took Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary of the Department of
Homeland Security, on a tour of southern Arizona.

We visited the busy ports of entry at San Luis and Nogales, the vast lands
of the Tohono O'odham Nation and National Park Service that are heavily
traversed by illegal immigrants and drug smugglers, as well as the expansive
property of a cattle rancher whose land has been virtually overrun.

As a result of the trip, Hutchinson has announced more resources and policy
changes to address the problem.

Meanwhile, liberal groups have raised their usual objections of
"fear-mongering" and, in the words of one member of Congress, "using
terrorism ... to divide the community." One wonders what they will say if a
future attack is traced back to someone who came over the border illegally.

U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl is an Arizona Republican.

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