Today the Wall Street Journal published an article, "Iran Tries to Gain Sway in Latin America" mentioning the relationships that Ahmadinejad is building in Bolivia, Venezuelza, Nicaragua and Brazil. Not a mention of Hezbollah's base in the "Triple Frontier" of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. I learned of this on 9/11/2001, reported it, and didn't see anything published until 2007.

On August 21, 2011, I wrote of it in rebuttal to a foolish article on immigration by a local writer. My write was rebutted by a community leftist who accused me of stretching fact. It just couldn't be true. It was! It is! At that time, there were 10,000 Google references and today those have grown to 68,000. Even after my seering counter to his foolish assertion and ignoring of the references, he buried a reference to me as a John Bircher in another foolish piece later. I mention this leading to the write below to indicate a huge problem we have with the misguided Progressives of today. I have long enjoyed a good conservative-liberal debate, in the past the essence of politics and governance. No more!
I think you may get some sense of what really is happening south of the border. While Republicans and Democrats think of immigration as a problem of Hispanics coming across the border, the innocent Hispanic looking for a better life is not the problem. Think about it. Politicians don't.

From the Virginia Gazette in Williamsburg, VA
by J. A. Mann
Gazette columnist, Lew Leadbeater may have reached a new low in his column, “Immigration Paranoia”, The Virginia Gazette, Aug. 14, 2010. He absurdly trivializes the immigration issue and such trivia only solidifies the incredibility of his opinions.

Immigration has become one of the most critical issues for America and can no longer be

divorced from Terrorism. To be concerned for the huge and growing problems of 

immigration is not a to be paranoid as Leadbeater asserts. And, no longer is

the immigration issue just about the innocent Hispanic coming here for a better life and a 

job. Our dysfunctional government. abdicated responsibility to deal with it when immigration 

was such a relatively “simple” issue. Now the problems are much  more complex and more 

threatening to America than most admit. The federal government is still dysfunctional. The 

political left courts the voter bloc, wants amnesty for all comers, and the far right foolishly 

thinks only of walls and deportation. Both are wrong.

Illegal immigration, statutorily a misdemeanor, has become a major criminal issue because of drug and human trafficking. It must be dealt with as such. Now, there is a terrorist component that elevates it to a national security problem. To use Leadbeater's term, it is “embarrassingly shameful,” but worse, for him not to know this. He trivializes gangs! Has he no knowledge of the El Salvadoran Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) or the Mexican Mafia (“M”)? He only has to trek to Northern Virginia to see them.

TERRORISM? Yes! Middle Easterners pay huge amounts of money to Mexican groups to make them over into “Mexicans,” teach them Spanish, acquire US visas for them and they pass through the border gates unmolested. I learned this from people I met while stranded in Mexico during the 9/11/2001 tragedy. Friends in Latin America confirmed it later. I reported it to government agencies immediately. I also learned that HEZBOLLAH has a base in the South American “Triple Frontier,” the tri-border intersection of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina.. This was finally reported by Telemundo and their parent, NBC News, in May 2009. Hezbollah states openly that their strategy is to attack the USA from this base if “anything happens to Iran.” But, they are not waiting. They are proactive. It's now reported that radicals from this base flow freely through Brazil into Mexico and illegally cross the border into the United States. Their identifying materials are found abandoned at the border. What responsible person can downplay this? Who can doubt their intent?

Over a few years, I researched the immigration issue and in 2008 published a treatise entitled “Immigration and Terrorism --  Beyond Walls.” It included a 24-point proposal for reform and was presented to President Bush. It included proposals to deal with the 12 to 20 million illegals already here. I've neither seen nor heard better.

Six million of those are reported to be here on expired visas! Names are on record, but who, in fact, are they? Where are they, what are their intentions? How many came here disguised as innocent Hispanics. How many have found their way from the South American Triple Frontier to cross the borders of Arizona and other states? Surely, there must be sufficient numbers to infiltrate every significant population area of the USA. What happens next? When?

Irrespective of what the President, Secretary of Homeland Security and others declare, we are at war with terrorists. It's not too much of a stretch to think we will be at war, on the borders at least, with drug cartels that are rapidly taking over Mexico. I'll go so far as to say that any person in position of authority who abdicates his or her responsibility to deal with this issue is participating in the endangerment of every, American and is threatening national security and even sovereignty.
Finally, for anyone, including the president, to brand those who recognize the seriousness of the immigration/terrorism issue as "racists" and those who deal with the problems forthrightly with “racial profiling” is wrong and utterly irresponsible. Moreover, it is equally wrong to compare the current immigration issue to immigrants of the past. Some immigrants are similar, especially the innocent Hispanic (or other) coming for a job and a better life, but many are not. Many undoubtedly are here to do harm. They actually tell us as much.

The fact is, we are in a fight for the heart and soul of the America that we have known and loved, the America that became the greatest nation on earth. Will she maintain her greatness? Not without major changes in policy and a purge of irresponsible policy makers. Radical? Think about it....objectively.

Joe Mann


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