Jon Sanders

A July 17 post on ABCNews.com's "Blotter" reported that the FBI is investigating a human-smuggling ring that for over a year has been bringing "Iraqis and other Middle Eastern" individuals across the United States/Mexico border.

According to the report from the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force obtained by ABC, the smugglers were getting $20,000 to $25,000 per Middle Eastern brought across the Rio Grande into the U.S.

Clearly, Middle Eastern terrorists migrating into this country are here because only they are willing to do the jobs Americans won't. After all, the role of suicide attacker has been known to Americans since at least World War II, but it is a position that still goes largely unfilled within the U.S. For whatever reason, Americans just refuse to strap bombs to themselves to set off in buses, pizzerias, nightclubs, or other public gathering spots. That is true despite the fact that such detonations spark a flurry of economic activity in rebuilding, as shown by the Broken Windows, Cratered Streets theory of economic growth.

Ironically, this news treads heavily on the heels of the Senate's defeated "Don't-Call-It-Amnesty" Amnesty Bill, which was bi-partisan legislation championed by Pres. George W. Bush, the Senate's Democrat leadership, and such prominent Republicans as Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Americans, however, opposed the DCIA Amnesty Bill by a 4-to-1 margin – ostensibly because of national security issues, but actually because they're all just ignorant, xenophobic, racist yokels who want to trash the nation's economy.

That being the case – which it must be, since it was affirmed by Washington elites on both sides of the aisle – no doubt Americans also oppose helping this new crop of undocumented citizens to come out of the shadows. We are receiving a new minority underclass already disqualified from reaping the full bounty of the American dream, despite whatever they contribute to others, sons and daughters of immigrants themselves (at least those who happen to be out of the blast range).

If anything, the FBI report underscores how the status quo on immigration is unacceptable. No efficient mechanism exists to match the willingness of Middle Eastern individuals crossing the borders with all the jihads Americans won't do. Some are no doubt falling through the cracks. They are the ones forced to pay the consequences of our callous inaction.


Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is associate director of research at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, N.C.