Video: Martyrs at the border?

The Right Scoop caught this two-part report from Atlanta’s ABC affiliate WSB-TV from earlier in the month, which detailed why Arizonans want immigration law enforced — and why all of us should be screaming for better border enforcement. The issue isn’t just the violence wrought by Mexican drug cartels, although that should be enough. As the 9/11 Commission predicted six years ago, the failure to secure our southern border has allowed people from all over the world to enter the US illegally, including some from countries that regularly produce terrorists intent on attacking America:

Here’s some great news:

Law enforcement officials believe one of the world’s most wanted terrorists may have traveled into the U.S. in 2004 by coming through the mountains on the Mexico border. Federal agents confirmed Adnan Shurkajumah spent time in Atlanta just prior to Sep. 11th, and left on a bus. He is a Saudi Arabian pilot and bomb expert with a $5 million bounty on his head. In 2004, Shurkajumah was one of seven Al-Qaida members agents were looking for after they were spotted in Central America and believed headed to the United States through Mexico . Federal agents now say Shurkajumah seems to have disappeared.

But don’t worry, because our elected officials are on top of this threat. Er, on second thought … worry:

The U.S. government no longer releases a list of what they call “captured O.T.M.s”, which stands for “other than Mexicans”. Channel 2 Action News obtained it from a congressional staffer.

We showed it to Georgia Congressman Paul Broun, who is on the Homeland Security Committee. He said hadn’t seen it before.

“It’s shocking to see the number of people from Middle Eastern countries coming in on that list,” he said. “I tell you this is something our committee members really need to see. I’d like to have a copy of that list to take with me back to Washington so I can share it.”

Border security and immigration enforcement isn’t about denying opportunity to people seeking to lift themselves out of poverty by attempting to find the American Dream. It’s about the safety and security of all those seeking success as Americans.  It’s long past time that Congress started taking the threat seriously, and that the executive branch started enforcing the laws already in place.  If they’re not willing to do it, then we need to find people who are, and Arizona is just a little ahead of that curve.