Concern being expressed about “smuggled workers” onto bases in Afghanistan without proper identification

Posted on January 24, 2011

Warning bells are ringing over the fact that two contract companies have been smuggling foreign workers on to U.S. and NATO bases in Afghanistan

Foreign workers without proper clearances or identification are being smuggled onto U.S. and NATO bases in Afghanistan, a breach in security that presents a serious threat to troops and civilian employees, according to documents and interviews with U.S. officials.International Security Assistance Force police documents obtained by The Washington Examiner charged employees for two contracting companies, Stallion Construction and Engineering and DynCorp International with skirting security procedures at Kandahar Airfield, and escorting undocumented foreign laborers onto the base without appropriate clearances or jobs.

Lured by recruiters in their home countries with promises of decent jobs, foreign workers from the Philippines flew on commercial flights into Kandahar Airfield where they were met by unscrupulous subcontractors who helped them bypass security measures to enter the base, according to the documents.

“This report is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg,” said a U.S. official in Afghanistan with direct knowledge of the violations. “The military police report is only one example of what has been going on for some time at the major bases across the country. This is a serious security issue and human rights issue as well.”

Isn’t it ironic that there is angst over “undocumented workers” being smuggled on to these bases due to potential safety concerns, but here in the U.S. there seems to be little concern about those being smuggled across our border and any potential danger they may bode to U.S. citizens?  Whereas the people being smuggled on to these bases are allegedly coming to look for work, we are not sure that all people illegally entering our country here have the same goal in mind. Most who come here illegally are looking for a better life, but with a drug war waging just south of us, who’s to say someone fleeing from either Mexican police or the cartel won’t come across the border in an attempt to avoid capture?  After all, Sheriff Babeu of Pima County, Arizona states that 17% of those illegals he’s arresting ALREADY have criminal records in the U.S

How can the federal government be so concerned about the smuggling of workers onto our bases yet not realize the same threats posed by human smuggling to our citizens? I’m not saying that the bases in Afghanistan shouldn’t have the utmost security to protect our soldiers, I am saying the basic premise is the same either there or here.  We must do whatever we can to ensure our safety which requires KNOWING who is coming across our borders into our country.   

Read this quote and try to determine what makes it different than what is happening on our own southern border:

“While it’s tragic what has happened to these workers, the number one issue has to remain safety both of American troops, Americans working on the base and others authorized to be there,” he said. “If they can bring people in, imagine how easy it must be to bring materials onto the base that can directly threaten troops. If you don’t know who is inside the wire how can you protect those who are inside.” (emphasis min3)
If you don’t know who is here, how can you protect our citizens? Additionally, as mentioned above, if they can smuggle people in, imagine what else can be smuggled in to our country that can harm us.