The U.S. Has a Massive Asylum Fraud Problem No One Talks About

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Until her 2013 arrest in Texas, the Mexico City-based Nepalese smuggler Rakhi Gauchan was one of the most prolific kingpin smugglers of Islamic world migrants that federal agents had seen in years.

During her long career, Gauchan delivered scores of Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, and Indians to the Texas and Arizona borders. Ten or more every month, according to court filings from her case. Immigration and Customs Enforcement “special interest alien” (SIA) hunters were glad to finally remove her from the borderlands, because Gauchan confided to an undercover government agent that she believed a Pakistani client she had smuggled into Arizona was a bonafide terrorist. ICE agents rushed to track down the Pakistani, learning he was quite real and living in America,having gained political asylum.

They learned he had come from the embattled Kashmir region of India and Pakistan, a notorious magnet for the global Islamic jihadists. Court records conspicuously omit reference to whether the agents confirmed Gauchan’s hunch. However, they did disclose that Gauchan had regularly helped clients like the suspected Pakistani terrorist obtain the most cherished of illegal immigration door prizes: U.S. political asylum enabling permanent residency and American citizenship.

The Gauchan case, and other SIA smuggling prosecution cases I examined as part of my Naval Postgraduate School thesis research on illegal immigration from Muslim nations, demonstrate that these smugglers literally count on the ease of defrauding the U.S. asylum system to buoy illicit businesses that make terrorist border infiltration possible.

Improving America’s ability to detect and prosecute asylum fraud would help devastate SIA smuggling, and would reduce the chance that any terrorist border infiltrator can stay and plot with legal top cover.

America’s ineffectiveness at detecting asylum fraud is embroidered into long-haul SIA migrant smuggling to the U.S.-Mexico border from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Illegal immigration by air, land, and sea to the U.S.-Mexico border bears an uncanny similarity to how up to six of the November 13 Paris terrorists reached, and then breached, the common external European border. They claimed asylum under false identities to mount their attacks.

For these reasons, asylum fraud is a fourth key attackable fail point of the SIA smuggling networks. (Click these for the three fail points previously covered here at PJ Media: the catch, rest and release policies of Mexico and Panama; Latin America’s foreign diplomatic stations in Islamic terrorism-spawning countries; and the kingpin smugglers.) I offer this research for the day American homeland security authorities decide they want to reduce the chance of a Paris-like border infiltration attack here.

The Gauchan case is one of many that show how SIA smugglers rely on asylum fraud. But it is instructive to first know a little about the asylum system:

When an immigrant reaches the U.S. border, they can go to any official and verbally request asylum. That alone triggers the system. A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer will conduct a 45-minute interview (usually by telephone) to determine whether the migrant’s story on just its face merits a positive “credible fear” determination that they may suffer discrimination or political persecution if returned to their home countries.Almost everyone gets the “credible fear” thumbs-up.

This then triggers a legal asylum process that typically stretches over months and often years. With their hearing dates in hand, some portion of credible-fear SIAs may or may not undergo FBI security interrogations.

All but a very few hard cases then get released on bond with permission to work until the hearing months and years down the road.

So an asylum claim at the southwestern border often provides the only chance for SIAs to gain legal status and in-country time for … whatever. Most importantly, the asylum process’s warm embrace ensures that SIAs avoid the devastating loss of smuggling investment fortunes a deportation portends.

For those reasons, SIA smugglers like Gauchan are compelled to incorporate the promise of asylum into the services they sell on the front end, and to become arm-chair experts in how to game the system. Working the asylum process helps not only to ensure future client recruitment (when the folks back home learn their predecessors gained asylum) but also basic business continuity.

This helps explain why Gauchan, and many other SIA smugglers, routinely instructed clients to claim asylum as soon as they could find a U.S. border official.

Familiar with what the credible fear interviewers needed to hear, she provided clients with the stories of woe and persecution most likely to play well. She undoubtedly gave a good whopper to the Pakistani she thought was a terrorist.

But Gauchan also knew when the system would exclude one of her clients. For instance, Italy had already rejected one Pakistani client, an automatic disqualifier. But knowing this, and also that American and Italian intelligence share information, Gauchan advised her client not to tell about the Italian denial, and to change the story he had used in Italy.

We have known for a long time how easy it is to get away with asylum fraud, and yet nothing has been done to improve detection or the prosecution numbers. A 2008 GAO survey of asylum officers showed that 75 percent believed “they needed additional training to help them detect fraud, conduct security checks and assess the credibility of asylum seekers.” In 2014, four Republican congressmen asked the GAO to investigate the asylum process after a leaked DHS report showed that up to 70 percent of cases contained proven or possible fraud.

It would take no professional acting experience for an ISIS terrorist from war-torn Syria and Iraq to game the system with a story of woe. Other Islamic terrorists already have shown how easy it is. I have many examples, but I’ll leave you with the one involving the Texas-prosecuted Somali smuggler Ahmad Muhammad Dhakane, who until 2008 ran a smuggling network from Brazil to Texas.

According to court records, Dhakane always instructed his clients in the art of how to fraudulently claim asylum to American authorities upon arrival.

Dhakane would later admit he had transported seven Somali jihadists over the southwestern border equipped with his asylum fraud advice, sending the FBI on a mad nationwide scramble to find them all.

They never could.

When Dhakane decided to retire from smuggling in 2008, he crossed from Mexico into Texas and claimed asylum himself based on a fraudulent persecution tale that omitted his own extensive terrorism ties. Prosecutors eventually convicted Dhakane of asylum fraud for (naturally) not revealing that he had been a guerrilla fighter for the terrorist group AIAI, and that he had worked as a ranking “hawaladar,” a facilitator of transferring terrorist funding, for senior AIAI leaders — one of whom was his uncle.

The Dhakane asylum fraud prosecution is a rarity.

I hope it doesn’t take a Paris-style attack occurring in Houston or Phoenix to make homeland security leadership reverse course on this fail point.

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How Panama and Mexico Help Potential Terrorists Reach the U.S. Border

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PJ MEDIA, BY TODD BENSMAN, JANUARY 6, 2016:

The State Department’s April 2015 “Country Report on Terrorism” no doubt came as sweet music to the ears of Special Interest Alien (SIA) smugglers. These are the smugglers of migrants from the spawning grounds of Islamic terrorism that, as I have been arguing, American homeland security leaders must strategically target with much greater aplomb to reduce the prospect of a Paris-like border infiltration attack here.

The April 2015 report noted that Latin American nations had only made “modest improvements to their counterterrorism capabilities and their border security” from the previous year(s). It noted corruption, weak government institutions, weak or non-existent legislation, and lack of resources as primary causes for little counterterrorism progress.

Conditions like those are, to SIA smugglers, pretty much a free pass to move their human contraband — and terrorist travelers posing as asylum seekers — from the Middle East through Latin America to the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s how so many of the Paris attackers did it in Europe: their smugglers took advantage of the same advantageous institutional weaknesses in Turkey, Italy, the Balkans, Hungary, Greece, and other countries.

One might forgive developing Latin American nations, relatively new to democracy, for slow progress in achieving basic state functionalities that could disrupt or deter such U.S.-bound smuggling of Paris-like terrorists. But less forgiveness is warranted for easily reversible formal government policies, which — as I found in my Naval Postgraduate School thesis researchovertly assist SIA smuggling.

I call the policy “catch, rest, and release,” and peg it squarely on two countries that are among our closest southern allies: Panama and Mexico. Rather than detain, investigate, and deport, Panama and Mexico provide housing, food, and medical services for a couple of weeks, and then release the migrants with full legal status. They know this will enable the travelers to continue unmolested out of their own territories and towards America’s southwestern border.

That’s why “catch, rest, and release” is a third attackable fail point of the smuggling networks, right up there with Latin America’s enabling diplomatic stations inside Islamic nations and with the multi-talented, hard-to-replace smuggling kingpins.

To understand the significance of “catch, rest, and release” to the SIA smugglers and their clients, one must grasp that migrants are paying once-in-a-lifetime fortunes to make it as far as Panama and Mexico. The mere prospect of deportation from one or both of those countries, short of the American border, portends a devastating financial loss not easily raised again for second attempts. Certainly, smugglers would have to charge more for routing adaptation that would have prospective migrant clients thinking twice about paying to attempt the new gauntlet. Therefore, in my estimation, lengthy detention and deportation from Panama and Mexico would threaten the viability of many SIA smuggling organizations.

Instead, the current policies of Panama and Mexico provide such a level of comfort and aid that SIA smugglers have come to count on them. Let’s use a clarifying example to see how all this works.

Panama, for instance, is a bottleneck bridge connecting South America — where many SIAs first land — to Central America. SIAs must traverse Panamanian territory to get to the U.S.-Mexico border. To get there, they must first exit Colombia territory and enter into a 40-mile, unpatrolled jungle wilderness of Panama known as the Darien Gap. The smugglers have no worries in Colombia; the 2014 State Department report stated that Colombian border security “remained an area of vulnerability” in part because only 1,500 of the country’s 180,000 national police officers were devoted to border security — elsewhere. In turn, Panama has left the Darien to the smugglers as well. The State Department report said Panama continued a “struggle to exert sovereignty in the underserved Darien region,” through which an estimated 7,000 migrants traveled in 2013 alone (8,432 during 2014, and 3,800 during the first three months of 2015).

With no border patrolling in the Darien wilderness, exhausted migrants who achieved the three-to-seven day journey eagerly turned themselves in to Panamanian security forces waiting at trail’s end, knowing they would be provided with food, housing, and a release with legal status. Within a few weeks, SIA migrants are thus able to continue northward, well-rested, refreshed, and legal. Otto Reich, former U.S. assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs,told the Wall Street Journal that, despite knowing this human traffic threatened U.S. national security, Panamanian officials “know they are coming to the U.S. and … will no longer be Panama’s problem.”

Mexico, the other key bottleneck transit country, appears no less helpful.

Once through Guatemala, which amounts to an unimpeded “super highway of human smuggling,” SIAs gladly turn themselves in to Mexican immigration authorities. An ICE agent testifying in the 2010 asylum fraud case of Somali smuggler Ahmed Mohammad Dhakane described Mexico’s policy:

“Most of them, all of the East Africans and many from the Middle East, they will surrender at Tapachula (in the state of Chiapas bordering Guatemala), the Mexicans will hold them for, you know, ten to fifteen days, and then they will give them an order of deportation, and they are given 30 days to leave the country at that point.”

On the day after a Paris-like border infiltration attack on the American homeland, our political and diplomatic leadership may well start to ask themselves: with friends like Panama and Mexico, who needs enemies?

Why Did the Terrorist Cross the Border?

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Frontpage, by Michael Cutler, Nov. 30, 2015:

The obvious short answer to the question that serves as the title for my commentary is, “to carry out an attack.”

However, unlike football players who need to simply carry the ball into the end zone or baseball players who have to cross home plate in order to score, aliens engaged in terrorism must, after entering, find a way to hide in plain sight as they go about their deadly preparations without being identified and without being interfered with by law enforcement authorities.  Crossing our borders, one way or another, is just the beginning of their efforts to attack us.

The 9/11 Commission referred to this as the embedding tactics of the terrorists.

Terrorists who keep a low profile until they are called into action are known as “sleepers.”  On January 23, 2015 FrontPage Magazine published my article: “Sleeper Cells: The Immigration Component of the Threat.”

It is understandable that the recent terror attacks in Paris and elsewhere have elevated concerns about terror attacks.  The ongoing coverage of the manhunt for terrorists around the world has captured public attention.  Hunting down suspected terrorists requires a two-pronged approach, determining what country the suspect has entered and then digging him/her out of the “woodwork.”  Immigration enforcement can be instrumental in such an effort.

The recent heightened awareness and concerns about the admission of Syrian refugees who cannot be vetted addresses only one of many ways terrorists can enter the United States by embedding themselves in that huge haystack of aliens claiming to be Syrian refugees.

As I have noted in a number of my recent articles, such as my November 12th article for CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization), “Immigration and Terrorism – It’s About More Than Vetting Refugees” and in my November 24th article for FrontPage Magazine, “Entry Without Inspection = Entry Without Vetting: The dire threat to our national security and public safety,” terrorists have a multitude of ways to enter the United States.  Falsely claiming to be a Syrian refugee is only one such method.

The nexus between immigration and terrorism was well established and documented by the 9/11 Commission, yet the reports prepared by that official commission are almost universally ignored by leaders of both political parties, even as the threat of terrorism increases.

The Summer Edition of The Social Contract includes my extensive article, “The 9/11 Commission Report and Immigration: An Assessment, Fourteen Years after the Attacks.”

The 9/11 Commission Report addressed and the official companion report prepared by the staff members of the 911 Commission, “9/11 and  Terrorist TravelStaff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States” both provided in-depth analysis of  how not only the 9/11 terrorists, but others, traveled around the world and gained entry into the United States in preparation for their deadly attacks.

One of the most potent weapons the United States has in its arsenal to combat international terrorists is one that the administration refuses to use- the routine and effective enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws from within the interior of the United States.

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Decoding Politicians’ Immigration Newspeak

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The devious manipulation of language employed by the political class.

Frontpage, by Michael Cutler, Nov. 6, 2015:

George Orwell, the author of the prescient novel, “1984” was an extremely sage and insightful writer and thinker.  Many of Orwell’s quotes are thought-provoking and worth remembering.  One of my favorites is, “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

Now that the campaign for the presidential election of 2016 is ramping up and debates are being conducted by various supposed “news organizations” I decided that it would be worthwhile to take a hard look at what is arguably the greatest challenge and threat confronting our nation and our citizens: immigration.

Immigration is, as I have frequently noted, not a single issue but rather a singular issue that profoundly impacts such major issues as national security, public safety, the economy, unemployment, education, healthcare and public health, the environment and the critical infrastructure of our towns and cities across our great nation.

President Jimmy Carter mandated that INS employees use the ridiculous term “undocumented immigrant” to describe illegal aliens.  This was done to blur the distinction between aliens who are legally present in the United States and those aliens whose presence represents a violation of our borders and our immigration laws.  The term alien, as defined as by the Immigration and Nationality Act, is simply, “Any person not a citizen or national of the United States.”  There is no insult in that term or its definition, only clarity.  Con artists fear clarity because it impedes or flat-out prevents them from being able to swindle their intended victims.

Many folks claim that use of the term “alien” is being castigated because of the demand that we be “politically correct.”  This is not an accurate statement.  Terms of bigotry should be shunned to comply with the concept of being politically correct.  Since, as we have seen, there is no insult in the term “alien,” the real reason that the open borders anarchists are demanding that the term “alien” stop being used to describe foreign nationals is to comply with their version of Newspeak to obfuscate the issue.

By insisting that illegal aliens be referred to as “immigrants” we wind up with the outrageous claim that anyone who wants our borders secured against illegal entry and our immigration laws enforced to protect innocent lives and American jobs is being “anti-immigrant.”

In point of fact, the demand that our laws be enforced is not anti-immigrant but “Pro-Enforcement.”

Hillary Clinton has gone so far as to wail about Republicans not wanting to provide immigrants with citizenship.  Of course this was a disgusting bald-faced lie. She knows damned well that no one has ever even suggested that lawful immigrants not be permitted to naturalize, provided, of course they meet the requirements as established by our immigration laws.  She was actually referring to bestowing United States citizenship upon illegal aliens.

Journalists, politicians, pundits and pollsters often link immigration to the mythical “Latino vote.”  Our immigration laws are utterly and completely blind as to race, religion and ethnicity.  The concept of ethnic voting blocks constitutes racial profiling and is diametrically opposed to our motto of E Pluribus Unum.

I addressed this lunacy in my July 2, 2015 FrontPage Magazine article, “Immigration and Political Racial ‘Profiling: The stereotyping of ‘Latino voters’ and what it distracts us from.”

The term “spin” has come to be routinely substituted for the term “propaganda.”  The Oxford Dictionary defines propaganda as:

chiefly derogatory information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

The point to the use of propaganda is to to not only deceive the masses but to vilify anyone who would dare provide an opposing perspective.

To provide you with a few more such terms used by the open-borders anarchists- they refer to anyone who believes our immigration laws should be effectively enforced and our borders secured against smuggling of people or contraband as being “anti-immigrant.”  The truth is that securing our borders against the smuggling of people or contraband is the mission of CBP (Customs and Border Protection) a component agency of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security).  In my October 20, 2015 article for FrontPage Magazine, “Immigration Law Enforcement: Why Bother?– The crucial issues at stake for American citizens” I included the mission statement of  CBP as it appears in the Performance and Accountability Report / Fiscal Year 2014:

CBP’s Mission

We are the guardians of our Nation’s borders. We are America’s frontline. We safeguard the American homeland at and between our borders.

We protect the American public against terrorists and the instruments of terror.

We steadfastly enforce the laws of the United States while fostering our Nation’s economic security through lawful international trade and travel.

We serve the American public with vigilance, integrity, and professionalism.

CBP’s approximate 60,000 employees manage, control, and protect the Nation’s borders at and between 328 ports of entry. CBP is responsible for protecting more than 5,000 miles of border with Canada, 1,900 miles of border with Mexico, and 95,000 miles of shoreline.

While CBP’s missions are complex and diverse, the principal operational requirements can be summarized in three distinct and mutually supporting themes:

Protect the American people;

Protect the national economy; and „

Safeguard and manage the U.S. air, land, and maritime borders.

The men and women of CBP pursue these mission themes every day as they safeguard America at its borders with vigilance, selfless service, and unyielding integrity.

For FY 2014 CBP was provided with a budget of 13.9 billion dollars.  How on earth could the President of the United States, high ranking members of his administration and members of Congress, from both political parties minimize the importance of a law enforcement effort that provides America’s first line of defense and last line of defense against international terrorists, enemy combatants and members of transnational criminal organizations?

Significantly, the CBP mission statement notes that the in addition to the 1,900 miles of border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico, the United States has 328 ports of entry, that the U.S./Canadian border runs more than 5,000 miles and that our nation has approximately 95,000 miles of coastline.

Why then are all of the politicians who seek to reform the immigration system insisting that first we must secure the U.S./Mexican border?  Why do they never discuss the other ways that aliens enter the United States and that none of the 9/11 terrorists ran the U.S./Mexican border but entered our country through ports of entry?

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In case you missed it:

A startling look at how U.S. immigration will add 300 million people to the country this century if immigration policies are not changed. This dramatic presentation of the latest Census data raises serious immigration questions about the ability of the country to achieve environmental sustainability and to meet the quality-of-life infrastructure needs of the national community considering current immigration policy.

Keep up to date on immigration issues with the following websites:

Join the ACT for America Refugee Resettlement Working Group

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IMMIGRATION LAW ENFORCEMENT: WHY BOTHER?

border_patrol_in_montanaFrontpage, by Michael Cutler, Oct. 20, 2015:

Since the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the responsibility for securing America’s borders against the illegal entry of people and contraband and for conducting inspections of people and cargo entering the United States has been the responsibility of CBP (Customs and Border Protection) a component agency of the DHS.

The Performance and Accountability Report / Fiscal Year 2014 reports that for FY 2014 CBP had 59,544 employees and was provided with a $13.9 billion annual budget for law enforcement and trade operations.

Yet I am compelled to ask, “Why bother spending all that money and expending that effort?”

Consider that President Obama and many politicians from both political parties have declared that we should provide unknown millions of illegal aliens, who evaded the vital inspections process at ports of entry, with lawful status in the United States.  While the Democrats want to provide these individuals who have trespassed on the United States with a pathway to United States citizenship, most Republicans “only” want to provide them with lawful status and employment authorization.

Most illegal aliens do not enter the United States seeking United States citizenship.  Most enter the United States seeking employment opportunities that ultimately displace American workers on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder and, by their sheer huge numbers, suppress the wages for all such workers.

Politicians from both political parties and nearly all journalists ignore the fact that our borders and our immigration laws serve as America’s first line of defense and last line of defense against international terrorists and transnational criminals.

In point of fact, The Mission Statement of CBP as it appears in the Performance and Accountability Report / Fiscal Year 2014 is as follows:

CBP’s Mission

We are the guardians of our Nation’s borders. We are America’s frontline. We safeguard the American homeland at and between our borders.

We protect the American public against terrorists and the instruments of terror. We steadfastly enforce the laws of the United States while fostering our Nation’s economic security through lawful international trade and travel.

We serve the American public with vigilance, integrity, and professionalism.

CBP’s approximate 60,000 employees manage, control, and protect the Nation’s borders at and between 328 ports of entry. CBP is responsible for protecting more than 5,000 miles of border with Canada, 1,900 miles of border with Mexico, and 95,000 miles of shoreline.

While CBP’s missions are complex and diverse, the principal operational requirements can be summarized in three distinct and mutually supporting themes:

Protect the American people; „

Protect the national economy; and

Safeguard and manage the U.S. air, land, and maritime borders.

The men and women of CBP pursue these mission themes every day as they safeguard America at its borders with vigilance, selfless service, and unyielding integrity.

How can CBP protect our nation and our citizens from aliens who evade that inspections process conducted at ports of entry?  How can those aliens not be considered a potential threat to national security and public safety?

When aliens are admitted into the United States with non-immigrant visas, they are limited by the terms of the specific visa they were issued as to what activities they may or may not engage in.  They are limited as to how long they may remain in the United States.  For example, foreign students must attend the schools for which they were admitted and must maintain minimum academic standing to maintain their immigration status as students.

Tourists may not work in the United States and may not remain beyond six months.

Aliens admitted under the wrong-headed Visa Waiver Program may not work and are limited to remaining in the United States for only 90 days.

However, today under administration policies and allocated resources, no one at ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is looking for aliens who fail to depart when they are supposed to and no one is looking to arrest aliens who work illegally.

This raises the obvious question: “Why do we bother issuing a wide array of visas or tell arriving non-immigrant aliens that they may not remain in the United States past a certain date although there are no adverse consequences for those aliens who violate these terms of admission?”

At the Democratic Presidential Debate on October 13, 2015 the candidates who did address the issue of how to deal with illegal aliens were in lock-step agreement that these foreign nationals whose very presence in our country represents a violation of our laws should be provided with every possible benefit including in-state tuition and medical care.

When Democratic presidential candidate James Webb was asked if he could support providing illegal aliens with in-state tuition, he said he would and then talked about how his own wife had come to the United States as a refugee who had never spoken a word of English before she came to the United States and then went on to graduate with a law degree.  He glossed over the fundamental fact that his wife was legally admitted into the United States and made no distinction between her method of entering the United States as compared with illegal aliens whose presence in our country represents a violation of our immigration laws.

Candidate Martin O’Malley chastised the Republicans for not embracing the “immigrants,” essentially accusing them of bigotry when of course he was not really talking about immigrants but illegal aliens.

On June 1, 2015 Progressives For Immigration Reform published my article, “Candidate Martin O’Malley’s Position on Immigration Would Undermine National Security and Public Safety.”

I followed up in analyzing O’Malley’s position one month later when, on July 1, 2015, Progressives For Immigration Reform published my article, “Candidate Martin O’Malley’s Position on Immigration Would Undermine America’s Economy and the Middle Class.”

Hillary Clinton has, in the past, accused the Republicans of intolerance and worse, for not wanting to provide immigrants with United States citizenship.  Of course she too was referring to illegal aliens and not lawful immigrants.  Bill Clinton was compelled to define the term “is” while Hillary is now redefining the term “Immigrant.”  What rational country would provide illegal aliens with a pathway to citizenship?  In point of fact, our current immigration laws have specific provisions to enable lawful immigrants who meet certain requirements to become United States citizens via the naturalization process.  Our immigration laws, however, contain no provisions to provide illegal aliens with citizenship.

During the October 13, 2015 debate Ms Clinton accused Republicans of bashing hard-working immigrants when she was actually referring to illegal aliens.

On May 26, 2015 Progressives For Immigration Reform published my article, “Hillary Clinton’s Position on Immigration – Beyond Outrageous.”

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A Contrast in Delusions: The TSA vs. Domestic Immigration Enforcement

Berlin_Schönefeld_Airport_metal_detectors-427x350Frontpage, June 9, 2015 by Michael Cutler:

On June 2, 2015 the Washington Times published a report about how massive failures of screeners employed by the TSA, an agency that operates under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), failed to find weapons, in the great majority of instances, when undercover operatives went through the screening process. The article, “TSA chief ousted after airport security flunks test, misses most weapons, explosives” included this excerpt:

The acting chief of the Transportation Security Administration was ousted late Monday night after an embarrassing new report found that airport security officers badly failed a new test, missing almost every firearm and explosive investigators tried to sneak by them.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the move, saying Melvin Carraway had been “reassigned” to another part of the department and his deputy would take over, serving until the Senate can confirm a new chief.

Earlier in the night Mr. Johnson had said he’d just been given a classified briefing on the inspector general’s findings that found a major loophole in security that could allow people to sneak prohibited items by TSA screeners and into what were supposed to be secure areas of airports.

Mr. Johnson said the preliminary findings were classified and said it wasn’t “appropriate or prudent” to talk about them — but ABC News reported that IG investigators managed to sneak contraband material by TSA screeners in 67 of 70 tests.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created in the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and contains a number of agencies that are charged with addressing the failures that enabled the terrorists who carried out those attacks, to enter the United States, embed themselves in the United States and then hijack airliners, using them as de facto “cruise missiles.”

Among the agencies that operate under the aegis of the DHS are:

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA): This agency is charged with keeping weapons or other harmful materials off of airliners along with people who appear on “no fly lists.” It is a simple concept and one that is apparently easy for people to comprehend. In order to achieve this goal officers employed by the TSA carry out ever more intrusive searches of airline passengers and their baggage. Passengers are subjected to x-rays, raising concerns. Passengers are also prohibited from bringing certain items into the passenger cabin of the airliners including large quantities of liquids, etc.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP): The mission of this agency, which includes inspectors at ports of entry, and Border Patrol, which operates between ports of entry, is to make certain that aliens and cargo are not smuggled into the United States and that the inspection of both people and objects keep criminals and terrorists along with other foreign nationals whose presence would be problematic, from entering the United States.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): This agency is charged with enforcing our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States to backstop the personnel at CBP. When aliens evade the inspections process by entering the United States without inspection, ICE is supposed to seek them out and take them into custody so that they can be removed (deported from the United States). ICE is also responsible for identifying, locating and arresting aliens who are lawfully admitted but then go on to violate the terms of their admission by overstaying their authorized period of admission, accepting unlawful employment, failing to attend schools (in the case of foreign students) or being convicted of committing crimes.

ICE is also supposed to conduct investigations into possible fraud when applicants lie about material facts in applications for various immigration benefits for aliens filed with USCIS and to conduct investigations to identify, arrest and prosecute fraud document vendors.

Finally, ICE assigns agents to work on various multi-agency task forces.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): This agency employs adjudications officers who are responsible for adjudicating applications for immigration benefits. If an Alien Registration Receipt Card, a “Green Card,” and especially United States citizenship are the “keys to the kingdom,” then USCIS is America’s locksmith. This agency confers these benefits, in addition to others, upon aliens.

The ink was barely dry in the newspaper reports about the failures of the TSA to find planted weapons when the director of that agency was re-assigned. Jeh Johnson wasted no time in shaking up the agency that is supposed to keep weapons and terrorists off of our airliners.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if he was as determined to keep alien criminals, terrorists and narcotics out of the United States and off the streets of towns and cities across our nation?

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ISIS and the Tijuana Drug-Smuggling Tunnels

Gotcha! A soldier of the Mexican Army walks along a trans-border tunnel found near Tijuana Airport, in Tijuana, Baja California State, in the Mexican border with San Diego in the US http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2025612/Drug-tunnel-stretching-Tijuana-Mexico-U-S.html#ixzz3cEOaKgGL

Gotcha! A soldier of the Mexican Army walks along a trans-border tunnel found near Tijuana Airport, in Tijuana, Baja California State, in the Mexican border with San Diego in the US
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American Thinker, by Dan Gordon, June 5, 2015:

The United States faces a clear and present danger. It is not theoretical, it is actual. The pieces are in place. The relationships are established. The will and capability have been clearly demonstrated. And, if that’s not enough to keep you up at night, a full dress rehearsal was staged less than a year ago. Indeed, to be more precise, some half a dozen full dress rehearsals were staged less than a year ago. My name is Dan Gordon.

I am a screenwriter and author by trade, but I am also a Reserve officer in the Israel Defense Forces, and a veteran of six Middle Eastern conflicts, including last summer’s Hamas/Israel terrorist tunnel war, in which Hamas demonstrated their capability to attempt a mass-casualty terrorist attack by means of tunnels dug beneath the internationally recognized border from Gaza into southern Israel.  If you’d like to see what the first one looked like, click here for a link to a video. You will see thirteen Hamas terrorists rising up, like zombies coming out of their graves, in a recently harvested wheat field only a few hundred meters from the children’s house of the civilian agricultural community they intended to attack. Each one of them was armed with anti-tank missiles, machine guns, grenades, thousands of rounds of ammunition, handcuffs, and tranquilizer shots. The latter two were for the men, women and children, civilian hostages, they meant to take, and drag back through the tunnels, into underground cells in Gaza.

Happily, you will note three things; first, they are coming up in a wheat field which they had every reason to believe would camouflage their advance to the civilian community. Unfortunately for them, and by the grace of a merciful God, the wheat field had been harvested only a few days before, making the terrorists instantly visible to the myriad Israeli observation posts along the border with Gaza.

The second thing you will note is that, upon seeing that their wheat field had disappeared, and perhaps hearing the Israeli aerial military asset that was on patrol and instantly dispatched towards them, the terrorists decided that today was perhaps not the right day, after all, to carry out mass murder. And thus, having risen up from their terrorist attack tunnel, they made a hasty retreat back to what they hoped would be the safety of one of the dozens of tunnels they had spent five years building in preparation for last summer’s war.

The third thing you will note is that the Israeli military aerial asset fires a rocket, and the terrorists, and their tunnel opening, go boom. None of that, however, alters the fact that Hamas had a spectacular plan, prepared for it meticulously for five years, and almost pulled it off. If you are a person of faith, you can attribute their failure to accomplish their goal to the above mentioned gracious and compassionate deity. If you are not a person of faith, you can attribute it to blind luck, and the professionalism and ever-present vigilance of the IDF.

But, here’s the scary part. That attack wasn’t the original plan. The original plan didn’t call for a dozen terrorists attacking one civilian target after an eight-day limited war with Israel. The original plan called for a sneak attack not preceded by any hostilities, in which literally hundreds of terrorists would have been dispatched through ALL of the terrorist attack tunnels in September, on a Jewish holiday, where literally thousands of people would have been gathered in each of the agricultural communities they intended to strike. It was the political leadership of Hamas that vetoed such an attack.

That veto was not issued out of humanitarian concerns; it was issued because the plan violated a basic tenet of Hamas doctrine, which always calls for Hamas to be able to claim victimhood while carrying out terrorist rocket and land-based attacks. Such a sneak attack, the political leadership decided, would rob Hamas of the PR mantle of victimhood that enables them to reap literally tens of billions of dollars in “reconstruction aid” from an ever-gullible international community, which buys the victim thing hook, line, and sinker. Thus, the political leadership opted instead to kidnap and murder three Israeli schoolboys, in the hopes of dragging Israel into a war in which the terrorist tunnel attack could be seen as an answer to the Israeli Air Force’s genocidal bombardment of the helpless Palestinian people. As my Southern Christian friends are wont to say, “Thank you, Jesus.”

Now, why does this pose a threat to the United States?

Because; A – ISIS has announced boldly, clearly, definitively and proudly, their intention to launch not just “Lone Wolf” attacks against the United States, but mass-casualty terrorist attacks, which will dwarf 9/11, and establish them as the preeminent terrorist army in the world, as befits the reborn Caliphate.

B – Unlike Hamas, ISIS possesses no such doctrine of insisting upon the mantle of victimhood to justify their acts of barbarism. Indeed, the opposite is the case. ISIS rejoices in, glories in, is expert in, and uses as a recruiting tool, terrorist attacks that are the very height of barbarism. From beheading Christians, to burning a Moslem Jordanian pilot alive inside of a cage, ISIS knows no constraints in its barbarity.

C – Unlike Hamas, ISIS does not need to dig tunnels between Tijuana and San Diego, or portions of Northern Mexico and Arizona and/or Texas. Those tunnels already exist, and are used by Mexican cartels to smuggle huge quantities of drugs beneath the international border, from Mexico, into the United States. The few tunnels that have already been discovered are easily capable of launching masses of terrorists, as well. Indeed, numbers of them bear signs of Middle Eastern construction. They feature reinforced concrete walls, electricity, airconditioning and, in some cases, railroad tracks, to transport heavy loads.

D – The existence of close ties between terrorist networks and Mexican and South American drug cartels is a matter of record, and not conjecture. They have joined efforts for the sale of narcotics and military-grade weapons.

The clearest example of this is Hezb’allah’s ties with numerous South American cartels. Just as the United States opposes Iran and its proxies in some areas of conflicts, and supports them in others, so too do the various terrorist organizations which, in certain areas, are at each other’s throats, join forces in other areas against the Great Satan. Namely, us. 9781498430982_p0_v1_s260x420I have recently published a book, which is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both print and e-book formats, and which will soon be a major motion picture from the same studio that did Act of Valor. The book is called Day of the Dead Book One: Gaza. If you’d like a fun, Tom Clancy-esque great summer read, I highly recommend it. I recommend it even more, however, if you care to see exactly how realistic the scenario of a mass-casualty terrorist attack, carried out by hundreds of ISIS terrorists against the United States of America via existing drug-smuggling tunnels, actually is.

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DHS caught busing in illegal Somalis from Mexican Border

DHS buses carry immigrants from the border to detention centers where they are processed, given a court date and released.

DHS buses carry immigrants from the border to detention centers where they are processed, given a court date and released.

WND, by Leo Hohmann, May 13, 2015:

The U.S. is bringing in 100,000 Muslims every year through legal channels such as the United Nations refugee program and various visa programs, but new reports indicate a pipeline has been established through the southern border with the help of the federal agency whose job it is to protect the homeland.

They are coming from Somalia and other African nations, according to a Homeland Security official who was caught recently transporting a busload of Africans to a detention center near Victorville, California.

Somalia is the home base of al-Shabab, a designated foreign terrorist organization that slaughtered 147 Christians at a university in Kenya just last month. It executed another 67 at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2013, and has put out warnings that it will target malls in Canada and the U.S. Dozens of Somali refugees in the U.S. have been arrested, charged and convicted of providing support to overseas terrorist organizations over the past few years.

Libya is also awash in Islamist terror following the death of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. ISIS beheaded 21 Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach in February.

So when Anita Fuentes of OpenYourEyesPeople.com posted a video of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security bus pulling into a Shell station in Victorville, on the night of May 7, admitting he had a busload of Somalis and other Africans who had crossed the southern border, it raised more than a few eyebrows among those concerned with illegal immigration and national security.

A man who appeared to be a Customs and Border Patrol agent was filmed at the gas station at 10:30 p.m. When questioned by Fuentes, he informed her that his large touring bus was full of Somalis and other Africans being transported to a nearby detention center.

The tour bus had the U.S. Homeland Security logo, and the agent appeared calm and professional.

The windows to the bus were covered. When asked if he was transporting illegal immigrants, the driver said, “No, we ended up taking some people to a detention facility. Somalis and all the Africans.”

“A detention center over here?” Fuentes asks.

“Yeah,” he said.

Victorville is about 161 miles from the Mexican border.

“Is that because they’re crossing the border?” Fuentes asked.

“Well they’re coming in asking for asylum,” he said.

“That’s what it is, that special key word huh? That’s a password now?” Fuentes said.

“That’s what the password is now,” he responds.

The flow of information stopped when Fuentes asked about the presence of ISIS near the border, a story which the watchdog agency Judicial Watch reported last month.

“ISIS being at the border?” she asks.

“I’m not going to talk to you when you’re recording me, ma’am,” the agent says. “Any information you want ma’am, go ahead and look it up online.”

A small part of a larger story

More than 100,000 Somalis have been brought to the United States legally since 1991 through the U.N. refugee resettlement program. Close to half of them have been resettled in Minnesota, with the rest dispersed throughout Ohio, Maine, California, Texas, Idaho, Tennessee, Colorado, Georgia and several other states.

The Somali community in Minnesota has had well-documented problems assimilating, running up a troubling record of crime and radicalization. Scores of Somalis have been arrested and charged with providing material support to overseas terrorist organizations such as al-Shabab, al-Qaida and ISIS.

Others have left the country to fight for al-Shabab and ISIS, including six from Minnesota last month who were arrested after making repeated attempts to leave the country to join ISIS. That prompted the U.S. attorney for Minnesota, Andrew Luger, to admit in a April 4 press conference that “we have a terror recruitment problem in Minnesota.”

At least two Somalis in Columbus, Ohio, have also been arrested on terrorism charges.

While most of the Somalis have been brought into the U.S. by the U.S. State Department in cooperation with the United Nations, exactly how many Somalis may be entering the country illegally and applying for asylum is difficult to ascertain.

According to official DHS data, 688 Somalis entered the U.S. as asylum seekers between 2004 and 2013.

Asylum seekers from other African countries with radical Muslim populations are also showing up at the border. According to DHS data, 139 Libyans crossed into the U.S. between 2011 and 2013, while only 20 had made the risky trek between 2004 and 2010 when dictator Moammar Gadhafi was in power.

The number of Eritreans and Ethiopians showing up at the U.S. border and seeking asylum is also growing: 1,495 came from Eritrea between 2004 and 2013, and 5,863 came from Ethiopia.

The Washington Times, among other publications, has published stories about the harrowing journeys some Somalis have been will to endure to get to the U.S. They make their way across the Horn of Africa, cross the Atlantic by stowing away in a cargo ship before landing at a port in Brazil or Argentina. From there they travel by land through Central America and Mexico to arrive at the U.S. border. Until last year, at least some of them were deported. Now, word is spreading that U.S. border policy has changed so more are showing up with the one word they know of English – “asylum.”

Numbers likely higher

A Customs and Border Patrol agent, who asked not to be identified, told WND that many more Africans and Middle Easterners are likely crossing over the Mexican border than what DHS is willing to admit.

“You’re not going to get an honest number, because they all want to look good and get promotions from the people in D.C.,” the border agent told WND. “I’m absolutely confident that is happening.”

That’s why the video is raising eyebrows, because the agent appears unfazed, as though transferring busloads of Somalis and Africans to detention facilities is a routine task.

Once at the detention facility, asylum seekers are often asked to fill out legal documents, given a court date and set free.

“There’s an ICE facility up that way, so that’s where that bus was likely heading,” the Border Patrol agent said. “That doesn’t surprise me. My guess is those are probably coming through Arizona because Arizona is still the biggest pure hole in the southern border we have. The Casa Grande area of Arizona is just the wild West. It’s on an Indian reservation, and they’ve been battling the Border Patrol forever. There are no barriers, not even a barbed-wire fence. But this administration’s done everything they can do to shut down ICE from doing its job.”

Asylum seekers are required to show they belong to a group of individuals who are suffering from a “pattern and practice” of persecution, either from their native country’s government or from non-government entities that the government is unable or unwilling to control.

The Obama administration has decided to spend $$2 million to hire attorneys for alien minors seeking asylum in the U.S. this year, Judicial Watch reported.

After filming the busload of African asylum seekers in Victorville, Fuentes posted on her YouTube account that they were being taken to a detention center in the high desert, thumb printed, and let go.

“My friends, many Somalians are Muslim and many Africans especially in the northern region of Africa are radical Islam terrorists. Lord have mercy,” wrote Fuentes, whose husband, Ignacio, is a pastor.

William Gheen, president of the Americans for Legal Immigration, or ALIPAC, said the word “asylum” has indeed become the password for foreign nationals showing up at the border. They will be taken to a detention center to be processed and given a court date along with contact information for an asylum attorney and a religious charity that will help them find housing, food and clothing.

“And they will even be given instructions on how to get their Obamaphone,” he said.

“And that video is further clear evidence that Obama and his administration is involved in a conspiracy to overthrow America’s defenses, laws, borders and republic by flooding America with as many people as possible who will be dependent on the system and the socialists who helped them,” Gheen told WND. “He’s going for broke because he knows that (Mitch) McConnell, (John) Boehner and the other sell-out Republicans won’t stop him.

“In fact, many of those Republicans are now voting for his Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and trying to get him more bodies, more non-Americans, into America. The name of the game is to get as many non-Americans with alien perspectives and principles into America so that America’s condition becomes terminal.”

“We’re fighting against every avenue we can, but our fight right now is to try to slow them down and try to save every life we can and every job we can,” he continued. “Tens of thousands more lives and jobs will be lost if we lose this fight.”

The U.S. allows about 1.1 million immigrants into the country through legal channels every year, and another 250,000 to 500,000 come in illegally.

“That’s more than any other nation on earth,” Gheen said.

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Here is What Ann Corcoran at Refugee Resettlement Watch has to say on this:

For new readers, once an alien is granted asylum they may receive all of the social service benefits that a normal refugee gets, and they may get care from one of the federal resettlement contractors.

Asha Omar (19) granted asylum in El Paso, Texas in 2010, tells the improbable tale that she “made her way” by herself to America with a stop in Cuba before reaching the Mexican border. http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_17039428

This is not news to us!

We have been telling readers for years about the Somali trail from Africa to our southern border and a claim of asylum.

In 2011, we urged Congress to investigate the strange phenomenon of a supposedly impoverished young Somali traveling sometimes from Somalia to Syria to Russia to Cuba and then to Central America or Mexico and making it to the US border where a claim for asylum would be made with the help of immigration lawyers who seemed to be expecting them!

It is not just in the Mediterranean region where an invasion is occurring!

Here is the 2011 post in which I urged Congress to investigate this strange business:

Is there a conspiracy by NGO’s to bring asylum seekers to US borders?

Here is an earlier post (2009) about Africans getting to South America on their way to the US southern border:

African asylum seekers reaching South America, hope to get to the US

And, here is a more recent post on the same subject:

Six Somalis headed to US arrested in Mexico

There are more posts on the same subject here at RRW, but no time to search for them right now.

I once saw a fantastic travel map for Somalis who ‘made their way’ to Russia and then flew to Cuba from there.  Next stop was Mexico and the US border (wish I could find it to show you!).

Does no one ever ask?  Who is helping these ‘youths’ and who is paying for it all?   I’ve seen estimates that such a travel plan costs upwards of $10,000.

Insecurity in Mexico Could Threaten American Lives (ENG & ESP)

A soldier keeps watch as security forces stand at the site where a stolen radioactive engineering device was found in the town of Tultepec, on the outskirts of Mexico City June 18, 2014. Reuters/Alejandro Dias

A soldier keeps watch as security forces stand at the site where a stolen radioactive engineering device was found in the town of Tultepec, on the outskirts of Mexico City June 18, 2014. Reuters/Alejandro Dias

CSP, by Sebastian De Luca, April 22, 2015:

Due to increasing poverty rates and failures in Mexican internal security, a new wave of automotive theft is appearing to our south. While armed theft of secure cargo, such as monetary transports, have always been common, more and more criminals are stumbling upon surprise cargos.

Over the past few years, there has been a spike in criminals hijacking trucks carrying radioactive material, mostly waste from medical facilities. Most cases have been a result of dumb-luck, criminals hoping they are hijacking something of value on the open market, only to abandon the truck and its cargo intact.

In December 2013, criminals hijacked a truck carrying containers filled with cobalt-60, a radioactive material used in medical equipment. Following the robbery, the culprits opened the containers, only to realize it had no monetary value. The trucks were later found abandoned in a field, and the culprits were apprehended after they entered treatment for radiation poisoning.

Last week, a truck carrying Iridium-192, was hijacked in the Mexican state of Tabasco. Authorities have yet to locate the cargo of highly radioactive waste, and have put five other Mexican states on notice until it is found.

These few instances alone should not start to raise alarms in the United States; however, paired with increased number of Islamic terrorists in the region, we should begin to take note.

While it has long been believed that terrorist organizations have wanted to enter the United States through our southern border, recent activity details their increased willingness.

In a hearing for the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Francis Taylor stated,

there have been Twitter, social media exchanges, among ISIL adherents across the globe about [the possibility of infiltrating the United States through the southern border]

Then came California Representative Duncan Hunter’s claim statement that,

at least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas. They caught them at the border, therefore we know that ISIS is coming across the border. If they catch five or ten of them then you know there’s going to be dozens more that did not get caught by the border patrol

Finally came the Judicial Watch report last week that highlighted an ISIS camp eight miles for the United States border in the Anapra neighborhood of Juárez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas.

Where there once was no use for stolen radioactive waste, the increased number of terrorists in Mexico has created a market. Should any terrorist get a hold of this kind of dangerous material, a dirty bomb could easily be at the center of the next attack on American soil.

The security of the southern border of the United States has long been debated between the Democratic and Republican parties. The national media only covers the affect of illegals on employment, crime levels, and strain on the American social system. Some pundits on the Hill argue that other than the violent crime resulting from the drug trade, the southern border is secure.

While this may be true or false depending on one’s party lines, there is one undeniable fact: the insecurity in Mexico could facilitate the next major terror attack in the United States.

(ESP)

Apocalypse Now: The al-Baghdadi Cartel

ShowImage-450x313Frontpage, April 22, 2015 by Dawn Perlmutter:

The al-Furqan Media Foundation, the media arm of the Islamic State aka ISIS, ISIL released a high production video on Sunday April 19, 2015 depicting the ritual executions of 28 Ethiopian Christians, in Libya. The men were killed in two locations. 16 men wearing black were lined up and shot dead at point blank range by 16 militants in a desert area. 12 men wearing orange jumpsuits were ceremonially paraded along the shoreline of a beach and beheaded in front of the water. Synchronized ritual murders, particularly beheadings of multiple victims by multiple offenders, have become a distinctive signature of the Islamic State. Two months ago 21 Egyptian Christians were also simultaneously beheaded on a Libyan beach and on November 16, 2014, 19 ISIS militants ritually beheaded 19 Syrian military personnel in Syria. During the desert execution in Libya, the leader, a masked fighter dressed in black waving a pistol vowed to kill Christians if they don’t convert. He said that those who “perform prayer and pay alms” will have “their blood and property” protected by the Prophet unless Islam “dictates otherwise.”

Ten weeks ago the Obama administration defended its foreign policy by claiming that ISIS was not an existential threat to the U.S. Existential is a philosophical term that basically means that ISIS is not a deadly threat to our survival. By contrast Iraq, Syria and Libya meet the existential threat criteria based on the proximity of ISIS to their countries and the mass beheadings, murders and genocide of Christians. Last week Judicial Watch reported that ISIS is operating a camp a few miles from El Paso, Texas.

The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States….. Law enforcement and intelligence sources report the area around Anapra is dominated by the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Cartel (“Juárez Cartel”), La Línea (the enforcement arm of the cartel) and the Barrio Azteca (a gang originally formed in the jails of El Paso). Cartel control of the Anapra area make it an extremely dangerous and hostile operating environment for Mexican Army and Federal Police operations…..According to these same sources, “coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing…….Mexican intelligence sources report that ISIS intends to exploit the railways and airport facilities in the vicinity of Santa Teresa, NM (a US port-of-entry). The sources also say that ISIS has “spotters” located in the East Potrillo Mountains of New Mexico (largely managed by the Bureau of Land Management) to assist with terrorist border crossing operations. ISIS is conducting reconnaissance of regional universities; the White Sands Missile Range; government facilities in Alamogordo, NM; Ft. Bliss; and the electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, NM.

The existential threat apparently is getting closer. Although Federal agencies have not verified the Judicial Watch report, strategically it is useful for border patrol and other law enforcement agents to think of the Islamic State as the al-Baghdadi Cartel. There are significant similarities and differences between Mexican Drug Cartels and ISIS which is why they are able to work together. Cartels use the motto “plata o plomo” meaning silver or lead signifying get on board, pay or be killed. ISIS uses the motto repent or die signifying convert, pay taxes or be killed. The Islamic State represents the worst of both worlds, a transnational criminal organization that kills in the name of Islam. And they have set up camp at the U.S./Mexican border.

Mexican cartels and ISIS both traffic drugs, traffic humans, use violence to maintain and expand their territories, murder civilians and journalists and threaten governments. Both have patriarchal, hierarchal command structures with commanders, soldiers, enforcers and support staff. Both rape and enslave women and children. They are honor/shame cultures where disrespect must be avenged. Cartels and ISIS use kidnappings as an extortion scheme. ISIS recently collected large ransoms for Yazidi women and others that they kidnapped and enslaved. They also attempted to ransom American, Japanese and other hostages that they beheaded. Cartels charge a war tax for those that live in their territory and if someone can’t or won’t pay the tax, a family member is kidnapped. There have also been reports that cartels have kidnapped U.S. citizens and an allegation of the kidnapping of a U.S. Border patrol agent.

ISIS and Mexican cartels utilize similar tactics particularly beheadings. Similar to ISIS, cartels videotape beheadings that involve multiple victims to instill fear and send a message to their enemies. However, cartel beheadings are characteristically different from ISIS executions. Cartel murders often involve torture, flaying the skin from the entire head and castration while alive. They dismember and publically display the bodies in humiliating positions with their pants pulled down, asses in the air and penis displayed in the mouth or hand. They humiliate the body during and after death to deny that person dignity in death. ISIS and other jihadists do not castrate or sexually display dead bodies. In fact they seem to consciously avoid their enemies’ genitals except of course when they are raping men, women or children. Castration and body mutilation would detract from ISIS messaging and invalidate the theologically sanctioned Islamic execution ritual. Mexican Cartels and ISIS both leave narco messages on bodies containing accusations of the person being a spy or traitor that function to instill fear into the local populations. Both display decapitated heads and bodies in public areas, hanging from overpasses or the entrance to their town. This demonstrates that they are in control of that territory.

Both Cartels and ISIS use the internet to gather intelligence, disseminate propaganda, recruit new members and glorify their organizations. They control information by murdering journalists and publishing their own pamphlets and magazines. Both have elaborate recruitment strategies and utilize twitter, Facebook and other social media to recruit. Mexican drug cartels have recruited thousands of young people in primary and secondary schools in Texas to form gangs under their control to assist in drug trafficking. ISIS uses twitter, Instagram and jihadi websites to successfully recruit thousands of Western followers and inspire homegrown violent extremists to violence. Cartels are romanticized in music, film, clothing and literature and they perpetuate Narco cultura, a subculture that glamorizes criminal culture. ISIS propaganda appeals to young idealistic people who romanticize the ideal of the Caliphate and want to be part of an anti-Western adventure.

The differences between Mexican cartels and ISIS reveal the true nature and vulnerabilities of these enemies. Some cartel members engage in Narco Saint worship expressed in statues, shrines and amulets that provide protection and intercede in human events. This cannot compare to the pure unquestionable aniconic worship of Allah and the glorification of the warrior Prophet Muhamad. While some Narcos engage in the worship of the dark variant of the cult of Santa Muerte (Saint Death) that involves ritual murder to achieve power and protection, it pales in comparison to the thousands of jihadist waiting to kill and die to achieve martyrdom and eternal life in Paradise.

The most significant difference between Cartel and ISIS ideology is that the Islamic State holds an apocalyptic end times worldview. Cartels primarily want power and money, ISIS wants to bring about Armageddon and earn their rightful place in history. ISIS is using cartel tactics to fulfill an end time prophecy that portends that the final battle between the armies of Islam and its enemies will occur in the Syrian town of Dabiq. This final battle will precede the end of time and triumph of true Islam. ISIS needs to provoke America into a ground war in Syria to fulfill their prophecy. What better way to accomplish this than to have ISIS operatives enter the U.S. through the southern border to commit a large scale attack on the homeland.  Or perhaps releasing a beheading video of American citizens, Border patrol or DEA agents being ritually beheaded in Texas or New Mexico. Even President Obama would be forced to send troops to Syria in the aftermath of Americans being beheaded on their own soil. ISIS used a similar strategy to provoke Jordan into a war by burning alive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasabeh.

Both cartels and ISIS are serious threats but there should be no doubt that the Islamic State and its affiliates pose a much more dangerous, imminent and existential threat to the U.S. Homeland. Simply put Mexican cartels and other transnational criminal organizations are primarily comprised of true criminals while ISIS jihadists are primarily comprised of true believers. Drug Lords for all of their atrocities, human rights violations, narcotics and human trafficking are essentially businessmen, the CEO’s of violent structured corporations. The Islamic State leader Abu al Baghdadi declared himself the Caliph, the religious successor to the prophet Muhammad and the leader of the entire Muslim community. Mexican cartels are true criminals who are about money and power. ISIS jihadists are true believers who are fighting a cosmic war in the name of Islam. Although they use similar tactics as narco terrorists typical counterterrorism techniques will not be effective. ISIS end time prophecy can also be its Achilles heel. A strategy that eliminates political correctness from counterterrorism tactics combined with methods that counteract millenarian apocalyptic religious groups would be effective. Securing the border is an obvious immediate method to protect Americans from both the threat of ISIS and Mexican Cartels. However, if ISIS chooses to enter the U.S. to behead or kidnap American citizens they probably should not enter through Texas.

The deadly truth: ISIS and Mexican drug gangs

U.S.-Mexico border

U.S.-Mexico border

WND, by Aaron Klein, April 19, 2015:

TEL AVIV – While U.S. government agencies have strongly denied a Judicial Watch report claiming there are ISIS camps near the U.S. border with Mexico, lawmakers have expressed fears the global jihadist organization is linking up with deadly Mexican drug cartels.

Such a partnership would not only help to facilitate the smuggling of jihadists into the U.S. but could ultimately translate into a devastating terrorist attack on American soil, such as an Electro Magnetic Pulse, or EMP, catastrophe.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Northern Command and the Texas Department of Public Safety all have denied the April 14 Judicial Watch report citing unnamed “sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.”

The sources claimed ISIS “has established its base around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as ‘Anapra’ situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.”

Judicial Watch further reported on an ISIS camp west of Juarez, which the organization said was planning to attack towns in New Mexico.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, said he contacted the Mexican government, DHS and the U.S. Northern Command, all of whom told him they have no intelligence indicating ISIS is operating on the U.S.-Mexico border. O’Rourke represents the border city of El Paso and the surrounding area.

“Stories like these are good at scaring people and getting attention for those who spread them,” wrote O’Rourke on his Facebook page. “But they are terrible for the country’s image of the border, for El Paso’s ability to recruit talent, and for our region’s opportunity to capitalize on the benefits of being the largest bi-national community in the world.”

Department of Public Safety Deputy Director Robert J. Bodisch also denied the Judicial Watch claims.

“The Department of Public Safety and its intelligence community partners have no such credible information to corroborate or validate this today,” Bodisch wrote in an agency memo.

It’s not the first Judicial Watch report claiming ISIS was using Mexico as a base to stage attacks in the U.S.

Last August, the watchdog reported “Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices,” citing anonymous “high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources.”

In a report that made headlines last October, two Republican lawmakers told BuzzFeed that suspected terrorists had infiltrated the U.S.–Mexico border and as many as 10 jihadists were captured. The DHS at the time denied the claims.

Numerous U.S. lawmakers have repeatedly warned about ISIS teaming up with drug cartels.

In October, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., warned in a town hall conversation that “groups like the Islamic State collaborate with drug cartels in Mexico who have clearly shown they’re willing to expand outside the drug trade into human trafficking and potentially even terrorism.”

“They could infiltrate our defenseless border and attack us right here in places like Arkansas.”

Cotton was likely referencing the Judicial Watch report.

In August, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, a member of the House Judiciary Committee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, was asked on Newmax TV’s “America’s Forum” whether there was an ISIS-Mexican drug cartel connection.

“My opinion is yes,” he replied. “There seems to be at least a talking to each other. How much? I don’t know. But … drug cartels use the same operational plan as terrorist groups do. They kill their opponents, they behead their opponents, they brag about it and they have operational control of many portions of the southern border of the United States. Mexico doesn’t.

“The United States doesn’t,” he continued. “Otherwise they wouldn’t be crossing daily with their drugs. They’re as vicious as some of these other terrorist organizations. We need to recognize them that this is an organized international crime group. And we have to deal with them as such.”

The reports of terrorists trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border also took center stage during the 2012 presidential campaign, when candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney both warned terrorists infiltrating via Mexico posed a significant threat to U.S. national security.

Texas’s O’Rourke, however, was the public face of the Democrats in responding to those claims. He stated Republicans were simply trying to gin up opposition to immigration reform.

“There’s a longstanding history in this country of projecting whatever fears we have onto the border,” stated O’Rourke.

“In the absence of understanding the border, they insert their fears. Before it was Iran and al-Qaida. Now it’s ISIS. They just reach the conclusion that invasion is imminent, and it never is.”

Electrical grid

If terrorists are teaming up with Mexican drug cartels, the implications could be cataclysmic.

Not only do Mexican drug gangs maintain sophisticated smuggling routes, some of the more dangerous Mexican group have evidenced guerrilla-like tactics already used in terrorist-style attacks.

On Oct. 27, 2013, for example, the criminal drug cartel known as the Knights Templars attacked electrical facilities and blacked out Mexico’s Michoacan state, which boasts a population of 420,000. During the blackout, the Knights Templars reportedly entered towns and villages at will, terrorized the citizens and police, and publicly executed leaders opposed to the drug trade.

In an attack still largely unexplained, on April 16, 2013, a sophisticated assault was carried out on PG&E Corp’s Metcalf Transmission Substation outside of San Jose, California, which supplies power to San Francisco and other areas. A team of gunmen fired sniper and assault rifles on the substation, severely damaging 17 transformers.

Peter Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, believes the assault could have been part of a terrorist group’s preparation for a future attack on the U.S. electrical grid.

Jon Wellinghoff, the former chairman of the U.S. agency responsible for grid security, also warned that the Metcalf attack was likely a dry run for a future large-scale attack.

On the same day as the Metcalf assault, North Korea flew its KSM-3 satellite on the optimum trajectory and altitude to evade U.S. radars and carry out a potential EMP attack drill.

Networks within U.S. cities

An ISIS-Mexican drug cartel alliance could cause pandemonium in U.S. cities. Mexican drug cartels have established major networks within the U.S.

Earlier this month it was reported that federal agents arrested 976 suspected gang members across scores of American cities in a large-scale operation in February and March. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said 199 of those arrested were foreign nationals.

Criminal street gangs are responsible for the majority of violent crimes within the U.S. and are the primary distributors of most illicit drugs, according to a previous report by the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, or NDIC.

The NDIC was a task force established in 1993 to coordinate law enforcement actions to stop drug trafficking and to curb the growing threat of violent gangs in the U.S. The agency was closed by the Obama administration in June 2011.

In October 2011, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported that in 2009 and 2010 it arrested 5,270 illegal alien gang members across all 50 states.

A 2011 FBI report draws a far dimmer picture of the nature of criminal gangs operating domestically. According to the FBI, criminal street gangs – mostly comprised of illegal aliens – are acquiring high-powered, military-style weapons to engage in lethal encounters with law enforcement members and citizens alike.

States the report: “There are an estimated 1.4 million active street, prison and outlaw motorcycle gang members in more than 33,000 gangs operating in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.”

The report notes those numbers reflect an increase from 2009 figures due “primarily to more comprehensive reporting from law enforcement and enhanced gang recruiting efforts.”

In July 2014, WND reported the risk of ISIS infiltrating from Mexico, perhaps with the help of drug gangs.

WND senior staff writer Michael Maloof, a U.S. Defense Department analyst under President Bush, warned ISIS could use the Mexican border to infiltrate America, and it could happen “sooner rather than later.”

“MS-13 already are in over 1,100 U.S. cities, and, as a consequence, the infiltration capabilities are very, very high and the threat from them can be sooner rather than later,” Maloof warned at the time.

Bordering On Catastrophe: ISIS Camp on US Border?

borderFrontpage, April 17, 2015 by Michael Cutler:

Time and again reports have surfaced from various sources along the U.S./Mexican border that issupposed to separate the United States from Mexico. On April 14, 2015 Judicial Watch posted a chilling report, “ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm” that was purportedly based on information provided to Judicial Watch by a “Mexican Army field grade officer” and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

This is the report as posted by Judicial Watch:

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm.

During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

Law enforcement and intelligence sources report the area around Anapra is dominated by the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Cartel (“Juárez Cartel”), La Línea (the enforcement arm of the cartel) and the Barrio Azteca (a gang originally formed in the jails of El Paso). Cartel control of the Anapra area make it an extremely dangerous and hostile operating environment for Mexican Army and Federal Police operations.

According to these same sources, “coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing.

Mexican intelligence sources report that ISIS intends to exploit the railways and airport facilities in the vicinity of Santa Teresa, NM (a US port-of-entry). The sources also say that ISIS has “spotters” located in the East Potrillo Mountains of New Mexico (largely managed by the Bureau of Land Management) to assist with terrorist border crossing operations. ISIS is conducting reconnaissance of regional universities; the White Sands Missile Range; government facilities in Alamogordo, NM; Ft. Bliss; and the electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, NM.

Clearly the lawlessness found along America’s southwest border represents a major vulnerability to the United States. That military bases and other important facilities are within striking distance of those ISIS camps constitute a serious threat — and not just to those important facilities and locations along our southwest border that appear to have been targeted by ISIS, but to our entire nation as well.

Furthermore, when massive numbers of illegal aliens, including the torrents of unaccompanied minors, flood our border, Border Patrol agents become mired in dealing with this onslaught, further exacerbating the lack of resources to secure that dangerous border and overloading the already dysfunctional immigration system — ranging from a lack of an adequate number of immigration judges, detention space, attorneys and funding, leading to chaos for the entire immigration system.

Consequently, while it may be easy to make the presumption that this lack of security along the U.S. Mexican border is only of concern to residents of the supposed “four border states,” the reality is that, as I have noted on many, many occasions, the United States has 50 border states.

Consider that any state that has an international airport, access to the tens of thousands of America’s meandering coastline or lies along the northern or southern borders are all border states because they provide access to people and cargo entering the United States. This was the premise for my FrontPage Magazine article, “Border Security and the Immigration Colander” in which I not only discussed the ways that aliens might enter the United States in violation of law, but the many components to the immigration system that include the enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States and the way that the adjudication of applications for immigration benefits for aliens is conducted with precious little integrity.

When aliens run our borders they do not emulate Neil Armstrong or the other Apollo astronauts who landed on the moon, planted a flag, did a bit of research, grabbed some rocks and promptly returned to the Earth. These aliens do not remain along the border for long. Their goal is to head for the rest of the United States. There are, in point of fact, very large communities of illegal aliens living in states across the U.S. who entered the United States by evading the inspections process that is supposed to prevent the entry of terrorists, criminals and other foreign nationals whose presence in the United States would be problematic. It would be incredibly naïve to think that terrorists from ISIS and other terrorist organizations have not already made their way to towns and cities around the United States.

Once in the United States, aliens who seek to engage in criminal or terrorist activities next need to find a way to hide in plain sight or, in the words of the 9/11 Commission, embed themselves in communities around the country.

I addressed the way that so-called “Sanctuary Cities” provide all too many opportunities to those who are determined to attack us to embed themselves in towns and cities across the United Stats in my September 24, 2014 FrontPage Magazine article, “‘Sanctuary Cities’ or ‘Safe Havens’ for Terrorists?”

In my commentary I noted that both President George W. Bush and Barack Obama said that they would deny sanctuary to terrorists anywhere in the world. Meanwhile, mayors and governors who declare their cities and states to be “sanctuaries” for illegal aliens are providing sanctuary to millions of foreign nationals whose identities (including their countries of citizenship) are unknown and not readily determinable. There is, therefore, no way to know if among those millions of trespassers are aliens who are fugitives from justice, members of transnational criminal organizations or international terrorists — perhaps, indeed, members of ISIS.

That is a clear example of what you don’t know can hurt you.

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ISIS running training camp on Texas border

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WND, by Bob Unruh, April 14, 2015:

Judicial Watch, the Washington watchdog that monitors the government, has released a new report warning that ISIS is running a camp just a few miles from the Texas border.

The warning follows reports from Judicial Watch in recent months that Islamic terrorists have been captured in Texas after coming across the U.S. border from Mexico.

The organization said just last winter its sources within the Department of Homeland Security said several ISIS terror group members were arrested by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety in McAllen and Pharr.

The warnings conflict with claims by the Department of Homeland Security there is not an imminent danger of ISIS breaching the nation’s southern border.

In its newest report, on Tuesday, Judicial Watch said its sources for the information about the ISIS camp include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican federal police inspector.

“The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as ‘Anapra’ situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm,” Judicial Watch said.

“During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as ‘plans’ of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation,” Judicial Watch said.

The report said the Anapra region is under the influence of the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Cartel of drug runners, La Línea, which is the “enforcement arm” of the drug operations, and the Barrio Azteca, which is a gang originally formed in the jails of El Paso.

“According to these same sources, ‘coyotes’ engaged in human smuggling – and working for Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed ‘coyotes’ are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing,” the report said.

Judicial Watch said ISIS “has ‘spotters’ located in the East Potrillo Mountains of New Mexico (largely managed by the Bureau of Land Management) to assist with terrorist border crossing operations.”

Also, reconnaissance is going on at regional universities; the White Sands Missile Range; government facilities in Alamogordo, New Mexico; Fort Bliss; and the electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, New Mexico.

WND reported in October Judicial Watch sources said four “Islamic terrorists” were captured in Texas in just 36 hours.

It was about that time that Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., confirmed in a TV interview that jihadists with the Middle Eastern group ISIS were caught coming into the U.S. from Mexico.

He said his information came from the Border Patrol.

“They were caught at the border … therefore, we know that ISIS is coming across the border,” he said. “If they catch five or 10 of them, we know there are dozens more that did not get caught.”

Judicial Watch said it confirmed its information after Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, was interviewed by the Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren.

Hunter said that if the administration really wants to protect Americans from ISIS, it needs to secure the southern border.

“It’s that simple. ISIS doesn’t have a navy, they don’t have an air force, they don’t have nuclear weapons,” he said. “The only way that ISIS is going to harm Americans is by coming in through the southern border – which they already have.”

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson denied the reports at the time.

He told CNN, “Let’s not unduly create fear and anxiety in the public by passing on speculation and rumor.”

WND reported last fall a warning from Judicial Watch there was an ISIS presence in Mexico, just across the border from Texas.

One Texas sheriff said last fall was confident he could handle the threat.

“If there are ISIS fighters that may already be in the United States, or in your area who’ve crossed the border, what’s your message to them?” CNN’s Don Lemon asked Midland County Sheriff, Gary Painter.

“If they rear their ugly heads, we’ll send them to hell,” Painter said.

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Ignoring the 9/11 Commission’s Warnings

the_9-11_commission_reportBy Michael Cutler:

The threats posed by terrorist organizations to the safety and security of America and Americans continue to grow.

Congress just voted to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security even as it is gearing up to provide millions of illegal aliens with temporary lawful status and official identity documents without in-person interviews — violating commonsense, making a mockery of our legal immigration system and violating the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. We will revisit this issue later in this article.

The Nigeria-based terror organization Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to ISIS as both terrorist groups continue to expand through the Middle East and north Africa. This apparent development was reported in the Fox News report, “Boko Haram swears formal allegiance to ISIS” that was published on March 8, 2015.

Meanwhile terrorists continue to increase their efforts to recruit new members in European countries. On February 13, 2015 Fox News in association with AP published a report, “6 men of Chechen origin face terror charges in France; said to help recruit jihadis for Syria” that reported on how individuals from terror-sponsoring countries and regions are using the lawful immigration system to enter European countries for nefarious purposes — to recruit terrorists and perhaps, carry out attacks in the countries willing to admit them.

For the United States the issue of Europeans being recruited by terror organizations raises the issue of the way that visas are issued and how, increasingly, aliens from an ever growing list of countries are no longer required to apply for a visa before seeking to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.

It is worth noting that the U.S. Visa Waiver Program puts a premium on terror recruits in Europe and a handful of other countries that participate in this program. Eliminating the visa requirement for the citizens of these countries make them particularly appealing to ISIS and other terrorist organizations that ultimately want to attack the United States.

On May 18, 2004, I testified before a hearing conducted by the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims on the topic: “PUSHING THE BORDER OUT ON ALIEN SMUGGLING: NEW TOOLS AND INTELLIGENCE INITIATIVES.”

There is a bit of a “back story” concerning that hearing. Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas was preparing to conduct a hearing into alien smuggling and I was asked to possibly participate in that hearing as a witness. I made the case for including visa fraud as an issue to be considered during that hearing. What most folks, including our politicians seem to not realize is that those who facilitate the entry of aliens into the United States in violation of our immigration laws do not only help such aliens to enter the United States without inspection but may also engage in enabling aliens who intend to work illegally or, perhaps, have far more nefarious goals in mind for coming to the United States to secure visas to enter the United States via the legal system.

Ultimately Ms. Jackson Lee agreed with my proposal that the hearing include visa fraud and I was happy to testify at that hearing.

On May 11, 2006 I testified at a hearing conducted by the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on International Relations on the topic, “VISA OVERSTAYS:CAN WE BAR THE TERRORIST DOOR?”

This hearing examined a number of issues ranging from the routine enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States including locating and arresting aliens who overstayed their temporary (non-immigrant) visas or otherwise violating their terms of admission into the United States and the impact that the Visa Waiver Program has on these issues.

A properly administered visa process can offer a significant layer of security- in essence, pushing America’s borders out to the U.S. embassies and consulates where visas are issued. However, when aliens are able to apply for admission into the United States under the auspices of the Visa Waiver Program, we no only lose that important layer of security but also miss other benefits that such an effective visa program can provide.

I have compiled a list of the six ways in which the visa process can be helpful to law enforcement and bolster our nation’s efforts to prevent the entry of aliens whose presence on our country may prove harmful to our nation and our citizens. Under the Visa Waiver Program, not one of these important benefits applies:

1. By requiring visas of aliens who seek to enter the United States, this process helps to screen potential passengers on airliners that are destined to the United States.

2. The CBP inspectors are supposed to make a decision in one minute or less as to the admissibility of an alien seeking to enter the United States. The visa requirement helps them to do a more effective job. There’s is a tough job I can certainly relate to, I began my career at the former INS as an immigration inspector at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and worked there for four years before I became a special agent.

3. The application for a nonimmigrant visa contains roughly 40 questions that could provide invaluable information to law enforcement officials should that alien become the target of a criminal or terrorist investigation. The information could provide intelligence as well as investigative leads. You can check out the application for a nonimmigrant (tourist) visa by clicking on this link:

4. If an alien applicant lies on the application for a visa that lie is called “visa fraud.” The maximum penalty for visa fraud starts out at 10 years in jail for those who commit this crime simply in order to come to the United States, ostensibly to seek unlawful employment or other such purpose. The penalty increases to 15 years in jail for those aliens who obtain a visa to commit a felony. For aliens who engage in visa fraud to traffic in narcotics or commit another narcotics-related crime, the maximum jail sentence that can be imposes rises to 20 years. Finally, when an alien can be proven to have engaged in visa fraud in furtherance of terrorism, the maximum penalty climbs to 25 years in prison. It is important to note that while it may be difficult to prove that an individual is a terrorist, it is usually relatively simple to prove that the alien has committed visa fraud when there is fraud involved in the visa application. Indeed, terror suspects are often charged with visa fraud.

5. The charge of visa fraud can also be extremely helpful to law enforcement authorities who want to take a “bad guy” off the street without tipping their hand to the other members of a criminal conspiracy or terrorism conspiracy that the individual arrested was being arrested for his involvement in terrorism or a criminal organization. An alien who commits visa fraud can be arrested and prosecuted for that violation of law and not for other charges that might make it clear that the investigation underway is targeting a criminal or terrorist organization.

6. Even when an alien applies for a visa and his application is denied, the application he filed remains available for law enforcement and intelligence personnel to review to seek to glean intelligence from that application.

Our government is apparently responding to the extreme pressure being brought to bear by the United States Chamber of Commerce and executives of the travel, hospitality and related industries under the auspices of a program known as the “Discover America Partnership.” That consortium has been joined by the National Retailers Federation.

On February 1, 2015 Progressives For Immigration Reform (PFIR) published my article, “Senator Addresses Immigration-Related Threat to National Security Not Related to US-Mexican Border” in which I discussed Senator Dianne Feinstein’s statements about the Visa Waiver Program.

In writing my article I quoted from a January 11, 2015 article that appeared in The Hill, a Washington-based website under the title, “Visa Waiver Program Poses Security Threat, Dem Senator Says.” Among the statements attributed to Ms Feinstein in that article was, “The visa waiver program is the Achilles heel of America.” She went on to state that “the U.S. visa waiver program poses a threat to national security by making it easier for terrorists to enter the United States.” Finally she noted, “[Terrorists] could come back from training, they go to a visa waiver country and they could come into this country.”

However, rather than calling for the termination or at least curtailment of this dangerous and wrong-headed program, she simply “urged Congress to examine the program.”

We are in the midst of a “War on Terror.” Time is not on our side and our “leaders” are moving glacially even as our adversaries who would seek to destroy our nation and our way of life are moving rapidly to seize ever more territory.

We have an administration that refuses to consider violations of our borders and immigration laws to be serious crimes and utterly ignores the threats that a lack of border security and lack of integrity to the immigration benefits program creates for national security. This failure to “connect these dots” is infuriating, yet, as I noted at the beginning of my commentary, Congress still agreed to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security even as the administration ramps up a new massive amnesty program that will provide five million or more illegal aliens with lawful status and identity documents without so much as a face-to-face interview or field investigations to seek to uncover and thus deter immigration fraud.

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What Are You Really Willing to Do to Stop Terrorists From Entering the U.S.?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrontpage, March 5, 2015 by Michael Cutler:

The question that serves as the title of my commentary today is the question every American, irrespective of political affiliation, must ask their elected senators and congressional representatives.

For all too many of our leaders, while they claim that they would stop at nothing to protect America and Americans, the reality is far different. Despite their claims to the contrary, they will not do anything to truly secure our borders or instill real integrity to the immigration system or the process by which applications for visas or immigration benefits are adjudicated.

This is the dire reality our nation and our citizens face today.

My article today will provide crystal clear evidence that our immigration system has no integrity and that this lack of integrity threatens the survival of our nation and our citizens and that nothing being proposed under the aegis of Comprehensive Immigration Reform will address these deadly vulnerabilities.

The importance of the question about what would our leaders be willing to do to prevent the entry and embedding of terrorists and the issue of terrorism came into sharp focus during the stirring and powerful speech given by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 3, 2015 when he addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress to voice his extreme concerns about what the sponsorship of terrorism by Iran not only means for Israel but for the United States as well. Indeed, during his remarks the Prime Minister referred to the unsuccessful attempts, over three years ago, by Iranian-backed terrorists to bomb the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC and kill the Saudi ambassador. The Israeli embassy in our Capitol was also a potential bombing target for those terrorists.

On March 21, 2012 the House Committee on Homeland Security that was then chaired by New York Congressman Peter King conducted a hearing into these planned operations. The topic of the hearing was, “Iran, Hezbollah, and the Threat to the Homeland.”

The same day as that hearing, the Huffington Post published a report about that hearing, “Peter King: Iran May Have ‘Hundreds’ Of Hezbollah Agents In U.S.”

Here is an excerpt from that news report:

“As Iran moves closer to nuclear weapons and there is increasing concern over war between Iran and Israel, we must also focus on Iran’s secret operatives and their number one terrorist proxy force, Hezbollah, which we know is in America,” said New York Rep. Peter King at a Wednesday hearing of his committee.

The hearing, which featured former government officials and the director of intelligence analysis for the New York Police Department, follows afoiled plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, D.C., and testimony by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in late January that Iran’s leaders are “more willing to conduct an attack inside the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.”

On April 21, 2010 the Washington Times published a disturbing report, “Iran boosts Qods shock troops in Venezuela,” predicated on a Pentagon report to Congress on Iran’s military operations in Latin America. Here is an excerpt:

The report gives no details on the activities of the Iranians in Venezuela and Latin America. Iranian-backed terrorists have conducted few attacks in the region. However, U.S. intelligence officials say Qods operatives are developing networks of terrorists in the region who could be called to attack the United States in the event of a conflict over Iran’s nuclear program.

On May 30, 2013 UPI posted a report, “Immigrant allegedly failed to reveal Hezbollah membership.”

Here is an excerpt from this report:

Wissam Allouche, 44, who became a citizen in 2009, was arrested last week by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the San Antonio Express-News reported Thursday. He has also been charged with failing to reveal membership in Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group classified as terrorist by the U.S. government, when he sought a security clearance.

A federal judge ordered Allouche held without bail after a hearing Wednesday.

Allouche has lived in the United States for more than a decade. His attorney, Cynthia Orr, said he owned a gas station at one point.

Allouche formerly worked for L3 Communications, a military contractor that supplies interpreters and translators. He spent several months with the company in Iraq.

It is inconceivable that any politician would not want to prevent terrorists from entering the United States and launching deadly terrorist attacks. However, the failures of our immigration system undeniably enable international terrorists to enter the United States and, indeed, facilitates their ability to hide in plain sight and embed themselves in communities across our nation as they go about their deadly preparations to launch an attack.

There is nothing in any proposed legislation that addresses or remedies these critical failures in the immigration system.

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