They are among us and it’s our fault

By Sinclere Lee

WASHINGTON (BNW) —We have been infiltrated as a country by people who are dead set on killing us, yet, our own immigration policy has set us up for our own undoing. A policy that some say was designed to stop the influence of Native Black Americans has backfired in the destruction of our nation.

The open immigration policy of this country that allows anyone to enter and do as they want was designed to replace Black workers, and it has come against America. As a result, it only has itself to blame. For example, thirteen of the hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks entered the United States legally, but no entry records exist for the other six, raising doubts about who they are as well as how they got in, the nation's immigration chief reported.

``Six of the individuals, we can find no record of them period. That's not just INS, that's everywhere,'' James Ziglar, head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, said as his agency released records.

Three of the four suspected hijacker pilots were in the country legally on Sept. 11, including Mohamed Atta, suspected of being the coordinator of the four terrorist crews who hijacked the flights.

The fourth pilot, Hani Hanjour, had been in the United States legally at various times for the past decade, but immigration officials said they were unable to determine that was the case on the day of the attacks.

Three of the hijackers who entered the country legally had overstayed their visas: Nawaf Alhazmi, Waleed M. Alshehri and Ahmed Alghamdi.

Ziglar's testimony underscored the government's doubts over the identities of some of the hijackers.

``I suspect one of the reasons the FBI issued the pictures and the names a week or so ago was to find out if anybody out there knew whether this person was the person who has the name,'' Ziglar said.

``It's a problem not knowing who these people were and being able to match these names with faces,'' Ziglar told a House Judiciary subcommittee. The chairman, Rep. George Gekas, R-Pa., had requested data about the 19 hijackers.

FBI Director Robert Mueller said Sept. 27 the bureau has been working to find the hijackers' true identities. He said some of the names attached to the photos of the 19 released by the FBI may not be correct.

``Our investigation has reached out to a number of countries'' in an effort to determine the identities, Mueller said.

INS spokesman Bill Strassberger said that regarding some of the hijackers, ``you've got the possibility of stolen identity, multiple identities or someone who sneaked across the border.''

President Bush says the list is not all-inclusive.

The INS records show that several of the key hijackers, who had been in the U.S. during the year 2000, entered the country for the final time in May and June. They included Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi and Khalid Almihdhar.

Three of the six hijackers whose names do not appear in immigration records received Florida photo identification cards in early July. For the other three, there is no record of a driver's license or ID card issued by either Florida or Virginia, the two states where the other 16 hijackers obtained identification documents.

Two of the hijackers, Khalid Almihdhar and Alhazmi, were placed on a watch list this summer after U.S. intelligence received information they might have been meeting with suspected terrorists. By the time they were added to the watch list, they already entered the United States, officials said.

Almihdhar entered the country in July, the month before he was placed on the watch list; Alhazmi entered in January 2000.

In his testimony, Ziglar said ``there is no quick fix, technological or otherwise, to the problems we face.''

Gekas said in an interview that the presence of the hijackers in the country warrants a review.

``We have to see whether something failed because of the negligence of individuals or the failure to include some part in the structure to keep these people out,'' he said.

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