This is a scary article, but it is reality. We need to stop the racist, politicized approach to illegal immigration, and sit down and start talking real solutions.
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According to the report, the USBP says there has been a dramatic increase in the number of OTMs – other than Mexicans – being apprehended along the U.S. southwest border.But wait, it gets scarier. With Brazil contributing in escess of 12,000, this is the part that tells me why this is such an important issue. I'm sorry if it hurts people's feelings, but this is about security! This is about preventing terrorism. This is about making our land safe again.
In all of 2003, the patrol says its agents caught 39,000 OTMs, but already this year that figure has climbed to more than 85,000 – more than double two years ago. Of this number, the largest ethnic group is comprised of Brazilians – in excess of 12,000 in the first half of this year alone.
ThatÂs bad news, especially for the USBP. But the reason this phenomenon of an increase in OTMs is significant has less to do with the problem of illegal immigration than it does with the ever-present threat of terrorism. Many of these OTMs come from countries we suspect of supporting terrorism against the United States or, at a minimum, of at least looking the other way while terrorist forces train, equip, rest and heal on their soil.
"Brazil is one. It's a visa-waiver country with Mexico. A bad guy who wants to go to the United States can first go to Brazil and then go to Mexico, and at that point itÂs easy to go north and cross illegally and not be caught – or be caught" then released, said Cathy Travis, a spokeswoman for Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Texas. (Note: OTMs are required to be released, by law, pending a deportation hearing that is usually months in the offing. Needless to say, most donÂt show up for the hearing.)Now we have to worry about rogue countries like Brazil--right in our own continent--providing nuclear weapons to al-Qaeda. When is congress and the administration going to wake up and do something about this?? I am a Latino, born in the U.S., and I want our borders secured. Fix the problem. Fix the system.
Finally, there is this geopolitical consideration. Brazil's leftist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has adopted economic and other policies that are likely to plunge his nation headlong into communism, say experts. Also, he is allying himself with other leftist, communist dictators in the hemisphere, most notably Fidel Castro of Cuba and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.
"Brazil seems to be the center of the growing Marxist threat, and has even reported to be resisting the International Atomic Energy Agency’s request for spot inspections of its nuclear site," says author and analyst H. Thomas Hayden, USMC (Ret.). "Additionally, Brazil has announced that it expects to join the select group of nations that produce enriched uranium. Indications are that Brazil is moving toward developing nuclear weapons."
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