Smuggling network bringing Middle East illegals to our border
Immigration officials say that a criminal network of smugglers are bringing people from MIddle East hotbeds of terrorism to our borders via Mexico.
The network is based out of Brazil, and at least one of the men who crossed our border was part of a terrorist plot in North America.
Immigration officials have identified at least a dozen Middle Eastern men smuggled into the Western Hemisphere by a Brazilian-based network that connected them with Mexicans who guided them to the U.S. border, according to internal government documents reviewed by The Washington Times.
Those smuggled included Palestinians, Pakistanis and the Afghan man who Homeland Security officials said had family ties to the Taliban and was “involved in a plot to conduct an attack in the U.S. and/or Canada.” He is in custody, but The Times is withholding his name at the request of law enforcement to protect investigations.
Some of the men handled by the smuggling network were nabbed before they reached the U.S., but others made it into the country. The Afghan man was part of a group of six from “special-interest countries.”
The group, guided by two Mexicans employed by the smuggling network, crawled under the border fence in Arizona late last year and made it about 15 miles north before being detected by border surveillance, according to the documents, which were obtained by Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican.
Law enforcement asked The Times to withhold the name of the smuggling network.
It’s unclear whether the network succeeded in sneaking other “special interest” illegal immigrants by border officials, but the documents obtained by Mr. Hunter confirm fears of a pipeline that can get would-be illegal immigrants from terrorist hotbeds to the threshold of the U.S.
Just as troubling, the Border Patrol didn’t immediately spot the Afghan man’s terrorist ties because the database that agents first checked didn’t list him. It wasn’t until agents checked an FBI database that they learned the Afghan may be a danger, the documents say.
“It’s disturbing, in so many ways,” said Joe Kasper, Mr. Hunter’s chief of staff. “The interdiction of this group … validates once again that the southern border is wide open to more than people looking to enter the U.S. illegally strictly for purposes of looking for work, as the administration wants us to believe. What’s worse, federal databases weren’t even synced and Border Patrol had no idea who they were arresting and the group was not considered a problem because none of them were considered a priority under the president’s enforcement protocol. That’s a major problem on its own, and it calls for DHS to figure out the problem — and fast.”
DHS has no interest in "figuring out the problem." They know what the problem is and know how to solve it. The real problem is that there is a lack of will and commitment to doing what's necessary to protect us.
They would never say it out loud, but the prospect of a couple of terror attacks on U.S. soil killing a few dozen Americans doesn't faze them. It's no reason to stop the flow of illegal aliens into the U.S., because that would upset Hispanic activists and open borders supporters. After all, there is very little chance that it will be they or their family members who die in a terrorist attack, so what's the big deal?
The last few months of the Obama administration have seen an almost total lack of enforcement of immigration law. And with the number of illegals spiking once again, the flood of aliens entering the country and released threatens to overwhelm more communities, who are forced to pay for them.