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America is being invaded.

Some 10,000 illegal aliens cross our border with Mexico every day. Many of them never go back. Even those who do often take advantage of America’s welfare system, government schools, taxpayer-subsidized medical care, Social Security and dozens of other programs.

The number of illegal aliens living in the United States has grown from 5 million in 1995 to between 9 and 11 million – that despite generous amnesty programs that have magically “legalized” millions more.

While many of these invaders are simply looking for a better life and more opportunity, among them are a large minority of drug traffickers, criminals, even terrorists whose goal is the destruction of the American way of life.

Despite the fact that all illegal aliens are by definition lawbreakers, federal, state and local rules often prevent one government agency from reporting their presence to another.

In 1982, for instance, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that children of illegal immigrants have a constitutional right to free government education. The court decided it is illegal for the local governments running schools to communicate with the Immigration and Naturalization Service charged with enforcing our nation’s immigration laws.

In other words, instead of local, state and federal government agencies working together to enforce the rule of law, they are actually prohibited from doing so.

Do you want to know why it keeps getting more expensive for the government to do a worse job educating kids? One reason is that 15 percent of school children in California are illegal immigrants. The extra cost for that alone is $1.6 billion – just in California.

Who pays the tab for that? Not just Californians – all Americans.

But that’s just the beginning.

More than 14 percent of the inmates in California’s prisons are illegal aliens. They aren’t in jail for being illegal aliens. They are in jail for committing other crimes. And there are many more still on the street who haven’t been caught.

Long before Sept. 11, statistics like this should have awakened America to this threat to freedoms, to the rule of law, to our very way of life. It didn’t. But now it should be clear to every American that insane policies like this threaten our very existence as an independent, sovereign, self-governing nation. We’re in a war now, but the threat we face is internal more than external.

This is not a Mexican problem. It’s not just a problem of language and culture. It’s a problem of national security.

There are now about 155,000 illegal immigrants in this country from Middle Eastern countries alone. It’s not racist to point this out. My grandparents, too, came from Middle Eastern countries. There’s a difference. They came legally. Two of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were illegal aliens – Middle Eastern men who had overstayed their temporary visas.

It’s bad enough that the government winks at blatantly illegal immigration. Worse is the way government bungles those actually in the system. Six months after Mohamed Atta and Marwin Al-Shehhi crashed their planes into the World Trade Center, the INS sent letters to a flight school announcing that they had been approved for student visas.

Meanwhile, our government tells us we are at war with terrorism. It’s a strange war indeed. So far our military has been quite successful at smashing bases of operation thousands of miles from home. But, here, in this country, where the real threat is posed, we continue to invite mayhem and unspeakable violence. We are welcoming more terrorism with open arms.

If we are going to save America, it’s time to get serious with our borders and immigration policies. If we’re going to preserve our way of life, it’s time to get serious with our borders and immigration policies. If we’re going to take America back, the place to start is with our borders and immigration policies.

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