New York Post, January 30, 2002
When Justice Department officials decided recently to go after some
300,000 deportation-dodgers - starting with 6,000 men from al Qaeda host
countries - the predictable cries of "racial profiling" flew, almost on cue.
As it turns out, the 6,000 are the tip of the iceberg.
According to new estimates by the Census Bureau, some 58,000 men from Middle Eastern
nations are here illegally. Women from those countries make it 115,000.
Another 40,000 hail from Pakistan. And who knows how many come from Arabic states in North
All told, officials figure that some 8.7 million foreigners are here illegally.
Sure, many of them harbor benign intentions; they seek work and a better life here. But
even assuming that 99 percent of them have no anti-American impulses, that still leaves
87,000 who do.
And that doesnt even count the terrorists who, like most of the 9/11 hijackers,
sneak in legally.
If America were like any other sane country, it would know just what to do: G-men would
immediately track down all 8.7 million illegals - and arrest those that pose a threat.
Theyd launch a fierce war to block terrorists from entering the country, legally or
Resources sufficient for such a huge task would be marshaled. In the meantime, targets
would be prioritized.
Which is why Justices plan to pursue those whove already gotten deportation
notices, starting with the 6,000 from terrorist lands, makes good sense.
Next up should be illegal Middle Easterners, Pakistanis and natives of other suspect
nations who have not yet been sent notices. (Think mass-mailing: "You may have
already won . . . a trip back to where you came from.")
In America, of course, its not always easy to rally the kind of support needed for
such a war, given its costs - and concerns about issues like "profiling."
But with potentially thousands of sleepers hiding out on American streets, draconian
measures are called for.
Costs and "profiling" are the least of it.