“ST. LOUIS — A recent poll by CBS News shows that Americans are nearly evenly divided on President Trump’s call to build a wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico, but with a slight edge of support for a border wall. The same poll found overwhelming support for either deporting or detaining families (including children) who are caught crossing into the United States illegally.

The poll, conducted Thursday and Friday, also showed that more Americans than not also support either detaining or deporting families of illegal aliens.”

To say the majority of Americans, who want border security and stem the tide of illegal immigrants, crossing into our country, are racist, are nothing more than misguided souls who don’t understand the terminology or true definition and throw insults as a way to cover ignorance or intolerance for others wishes, views.

Racist are those who believe that a particular race is superior to another. That is not what is happening here. What is going on is, people wanting an orderly process, with vetting, merit based policies and keeping those with criminal backgrounds out of our country. We don’t need to import more, we do fine on that front.

Since 2001, some 15 terrorism-associated migrants who traveled to the U.S. southern border, likely represent a significant under-count since most information reflecting such border-crossers resides in classified or protected government archives and intelligence databases. Which means, those are the ones we have been able to know about!

Affiliations included al-Shabbab, al-Ittihad al-Islamiya, Hezbollah, the Pakistani Taliban, ISIS, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami Bangladesh, and the Tamil Tigers.

“1 June 2009
In 2009, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, an American-born convert to Islam, opened fire on an army recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas. Muhammad killed one soldier and wounded another. Muhammad, who previously lived in Yemen, claimed to be a member of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. His lawyers produced an expert who testified that he was delusional and Muhammad eventually pled guilty to avoid the death penalty.

5 November 2009
Army major Nidal Hasan opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas. The American-born Hasan killed 13 fellow soldiers and wounded 32. Hasan was also paralyzed in the attack. At his trial, he declared himself to be at war with America and investigators found that although he acted alone, he had accessed jihadist websites. Hasan was sentenced to death and is currently incarcerated in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

15 April 2013
The Boston Marathon bombing attack was carried out by two brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The bomb placed at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured 264. The two later killed Sean Collins, an MIT police officer. In addition, in a firefight between the brothers and the police, 16 officers were injured and another later died. Tamerlan, the older brother, died after he was shot by police and his brother ran over him in a car in an attempt to escape. Dzhokhar was apprehended and sentenced to death in federal court. The two Kyrgyz-American immigrants had been self-radicalized but learned to make their bomb from the al-Qaida online magazine Inspire.

6 July 2015
Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez attacked both a marine recruiting office and US Navy reserve center. Abdulazeez first opened fire on the recruiting office from a car, wounding a recruiter inside. He then drove to a Navy reserve center where he killed four marines and one seaman before police officers killed him. Abdulazeez was an American citizen born in Kuwait. Former FBI director James Comey later said Abdulazeez was “motivated by foreign terrorist organization propaganda.”

15 December 2015
A married couple, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tasheen Malik, opened fire on a Christmas party at the San Bernandino County Department of Public Health, where Farook worked. Fourteen people died and 24 were injured. Farook was born in the United States and Malik was a Pakistani immigrant who married Farook in Saudi Arabia after they met on the internet. The two were later killed in a shootout with police. The FBI later described the two as “homegrown violent extremists” and found that they had radicalized before they met online.

12 June 2016
American-born Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 58 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In calls made during his rampage at the gay nightclub, Mateen pledged allegiance to Isis. After his initial assault, the attack into a hostage situation that lasted for nearly three hours. Eventually police stormed the nightclub and killed Mateen in a shootout. Barack Obama later said that Mateen was “inspired by various extremist information that was disseminated over the internet”.

31 October 2017
A man drove a rented pickup truck into cyclists and runners on the Hudson River bike path on Manhattan’s lower west side, killing eight people and injuring 11. Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan, has been charged with murder. On 28 November 2017, he pleaded not guilty. The next hearing in Saipov’s case is set for 23 January.”

Understandably, Americans want a border whereby we control who comes and goes!