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Immigration Questions for the House

Yesterday’s report in the NYPost about concerns over embedded Hezbollah cells in major cities follows naturally from this report from back in March, noting that FBI Director Bob Mueller testified in Congress about a Hezbollah alien smuggling ring on the southern border. 

Prior to 9/11, Hezbollah, the world’s most professional terrorist organization, had killed more Americans than any other terror group on the planet.  It has never struck our homeland, but there is a good bet that that state of affairs would come to an end if we took action against Iran.

So here are my questions, which are only partially rhetorical. 

First, how, if at all, would our immigration debate be different today if we were in a state of open hostilities with Iran?

Second, since, as our friend Michael Ledeen often observes, the terror masters in Iran are already at war with us whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, how irresponsible is it to hold border security hostage to a “comprehensive solution” to the illegal immigration problem? 

Third, wholly apart from considerations about Mexico, don’t we have a sovereign, national security obligation to control who is getting into our country at a time when we are already at war with one enemy which has successfully attacked our homeland, and can easily foresee the possibility of military action against another enemy whose wholly owned, rabidly anti-American terrorist organization is even more capable of striking us here? 

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