Cal  Thomas

The Department of Homeland Security conducted a simulated terrorism drill this week in Connecticut and New Jersey to assess the speed and effectiveness of law enforcement and emergency medical personnel.

Rep. Chris Cox, California Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said a major reason for the drill was to find our "weak spots."

What does it say about our anti-terrorist efforts if we are now preparing for disasters in Connecticut and New Jersey instead of directing substantial efforts on our weakest spot: the borders?

The Bush Administration's weakest spot is its refusal to stop illegal aliens (not "undocumented workers" in the politically correct lingo that seeks to pull the wool over our eyes) from invading our nation.

Numerous officials have said that another terrorist attack is not a matter of if, but when. Among those working for low wages in fields, restaurant kitchens and other venues are radical Islamic terrorists whose sole purpose is to kill Americans and weaken our economy. They have said so and continue to say so in their schools and mosques on American soil and in similar venues around the world.

In the face of this, we get nothing but meaningless mumbo jumbo from defenders of illegal immigration, who ask us to look at how much these lawbreakers are contributing to Social Security.

Last weekend, a group of citizens concerned about our porous borders gathered along the Arizona-Mexico border to assist the understaffed Border Patrol in locating illegal aliens. The Minuteman Project says 118 were caught because of their efforts.

Instead of praising this peaceful assembly, President Bush has called them "vigilantes." They are no such thing. They are citizens of this country who want to preserve what they have come to love about America. They believe open borders are destructive and illegal immigration is a threat to the security and character of the nation.

Illegal immigration is also costing taxpayers a lot of money. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, welfare payments, including food stamps, paid to illegal immigrants in Arizona cost $4,698,000, just in 2001.

Sen. Jon Kyle, Arizona Republican, asked the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association how much illegal aliens cost state taxpayers. The answer he received was $31 million in just one year. Lawbreakers get free medical care, which taxpayers subsidize, placing a further burden on our health care system.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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