An international smuggling network has managed to guide legions of illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern terrorism hotbeds right into the US, including one man from Afghanistan who was part of an attack plot in North America.
According to The Washington Times, immigration officials have identified at least a dozen Middle Eastern men who were smuggled into the Western Hemisphere by a Brazilian-based network that connected them with Mexicans who helped them get to the U.S. border. The illegals smuggled in 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.”
The Afghan man in question is currently in custody, but the press is withholding his name at the request of law enforcement to protect investigations.
Documents obtained by Mr. Hunter confirm all of our worst fears that terrorists are getting into America illegally. Making matters worse, the Border Patrol didn’t spot the Afghan man’s terrorist ties right away because the database that agents first checked didn’t list him. It wasn’t until they checked the FBI database that they realized how dangerous he was.
“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.”
The smuggling operation spans across numerous countries. The Afghan man himself was smuggled from Brazil through Peru, then Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. He was then caught near a ranch 15 miles inside the US a Border Patrol truck detected his group’s movements.
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