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Tens of thousands of illegals from terrorist-sponsoring states are living in America, according to a stunning new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.

Although the report was completed by mid-April, DHS did not to release the 52-page indictment of our nation’s immigration system until May 19, three days after DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff briefed the press on the administration’s immigration reform plan.

Just to make sure the report received little attention, it was released on a Friday, when Congress and most newshounds had left for the weekend, and did not merit even a press release.

It should be required reading for anyone seriously concerned in immigration reform – which may be why you’ll have a hard time finding it on the DHS website. You can download it from the DHS or download a copy here.

The report reveals that 45,008 aliens from countries on the U.S. list of state-sponsors of terror (SST) or from countries that protected terrorist organizations and their members (SIC) were released into the general public between 2001 and 2005, even though immigration officers couldn’t confirm their identity.

See this article for more information.


A Judicial Watch Special Report: U.S. Border Patrol Survey Analysis Detailing the U.S. Government's Polling of Apprehended Illegal Immigrants on the Southern Border in January 2004

By Judicial Watch, Inc., June 28, 2005

Executive Summary President Bush’s “temporary guest worker” proposal of January 7, 2004 was broadly interpreted as an illegal immigration amnesty program around the country and abroad. The Bush administration ordered the U.S. Border Patrol to survey apprehended illegal immigrants concerning President Bush’s proposal. The results indicated that President Bush’s proposal had actually lured greater numbers of illegal immigrants to violate the law. Politically inconvenient and/or potentially embarrassing data from the Border Patrol survey resulted in the Bush administration calling off the survey on January 27, 2004. The U.S. government never released a report based on the survey.

The White House directed Homeland Security Public Affairs Officers to deliberately withhold information from the public and the media about the Border Patrol survey and a related spike in illegal immigration. The Bush administration mislead Americans for political purposes. The White House approved talking points included:

• Do not talk about amnesty, increase in apprehensions, or give comparisons of past immigration reform proposals.

• Do not provide statistics on apprehension spikes or past amnesty data.

While the Border Patrol’s unscientific survey and its aborted execution may not provide a comprehensive picture of the relationship between President Bush’s immigration proposal and illegal immigration, the initial data is deeply disturbing. Analysis of the raw data from the survey forms indicates:

• 45% crossed illegally based on rumors of a Bush administration amnesty.
• 63% received Mexican government or media information supporting the notion of a Bush administration amnesty.
• 64% previously entered the United States illegally.
• 80% desired to apply for amnesty.
• 66% desired to petition for family members to join them in the U.S.

Judicial Watch will continue to pursue this case and other illegal immigration matters, and report facts to the American people as part of its mission as a public interest educational foundation.


President Bush’s proposed “temporary worker program” was broadly interpreted as an amnesty offer to illegal immigrants. A spike in illegal immigration following President Bush’s speech was surveyed as a priority intelligence requirement for a three-week period by the Border Patrol. Survey results were politically unfavorable to the Bush administration, who ordered the survey stopped. The White House directed public affairs officers to withhold information in order to mislead the public and stave off potential political embarrassment. The government only produced records material to the survey once Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit in federal court. The government continues to withhold additional records concerning this matter. Judicial Watch will continue to pursue this case and other illegal immigration matters, and report facts to the American people, as part of its mission as a public interest education foundation.

(Read the complete report in PDF format.)


Mexico country profile for 2003, Drug Enforcement Administration, 2003.
Drug trafficking through Mexico has a tremendous impact on the United States. All major drugs of abuse in the United States are either produced in, or are transited through, Mexico. An estimated 70 percent of all cocaine originating from South America destined for the United States transits the Mexico–Central America corridor. Additionally, Mexico is the number one foreign supplier of marijuana to the United States, and is a major supplier and producer of methamphetamine and heroin. Mexico is also a transit country for MDMA and there have been indications that MDMA production has been initiated in Mexico.
The High Cost of Cheap Labor - Illegal Immigration and the Federal Budget, By Steven A. Camarota, Center for Immigration Studies, August, 2004.
BORDER SECURITY - Agencies Need to Better Coordinate Their Strategies and Operations on Federal Lands, U.S. Government Accounting Office, June, 2004.
U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Program: Border 2012, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2004.
The United States and Mexico finalized a new 10-year plan with the intention of, they say, protecting public health and the environment in the 2,000-mile border area. Called "Border 2012", the program involves air, water, waste and soil pollution and lowering the risks of exposure to pesticides and other chemicals. There is no mention of environmental damage caused by illegal aliens, drug runners and incursions by the Mexican Army.
Review of Forest Service Security Over U.S. Borders Encompassing National Forest System Land, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Report No. 08601-33-SF, January, 2003.
Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for U.S. border patrol activities within the border areas of the Tucson and Yuma sectors Arizona, prepared by the INS, October 2002.
Arizona Bureau of Land Management Report on the impact of illegal aliens, July, 2002.
Environmental Damage at the Arizona-Mexico Border and Intrusion into the Lives of Americans Living There by Diana Hull, Ph.D.
Congressional Testimony, House Hearing on Illegal Immigration, June 10, 1999.
Larry Vance (Chairman, Cochise County Concerned Citizens, Douglas, Arizona) recounted the extreme measures he has been forced to take to deal with illegal immigration's impact on his ranch and community. Mr. Vance said he has been burglarized, had a truck stolen, and had property vandalized. As a result, he has installed high fences, expensive burglar alarms, and dogs to protect his family and property. He said the "occasional illegal alien has grown to literally thousands crossing every night." He said he has not had a complete night's sleep in more than 10 months because of the mass influx of illegal immigrants and that he and his neighbors feel like "prisoners in our own homes." He said someone must guard his property at all times to stop foreign invaders.
He also said one of his neighbors has been burglarized about fifty times and another had his insurance cancelled because of the threat that illegal immigrants pose. Mr. Vance said the U.S.- Mexican border has become a "no man's land where lawlessness prevails." He contested INS Commissioner Meissner's statements that her clients are all immigrants, whether legal or illegal. Mr. Vance said her true clients are the American people. He said Meissner's job is not to "protect all who come here regardless of their method of entry."