Is the Southern Border a Security Threat?

Conservatives have been saying for a long time that our porous southern border poses a security risk. Over the years there have been multiple news stories about Middle Easterners with terrorist connections being apprehended at the border, or after crossing the border. But because these crossings haven’t resulted in successful terrorist attacks, they have gotten essentially no notice.

Meanwhile, Democrats are committed to the view that there is no reason to want a secure border other than racism. This is pretty much insane–countries have wanted secure borders for centuries, and until now no one thought there was anything untoward about it–but it is the media narrative, and anything that contradicts the Democrats’ narrative will not be publicized.

Except by Judicial Watch:

Years after a Judicial Watch investigation uncovered that Islamic terrorists are entering the United States through the Mexican border federal authorities have arrested a Jordanian man for smuggling six citizens of Yemen—an Al Qaeda hotbed—into the U.S. through Mexico. The smuggler, 31-year-old Moayad Heider Mohammad Aldairi, conspired with others to sneak the six Yemeni nationals across the Texas border for a fee, according to a statement issued this week by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
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Sometime between October 31, 2017 and December 12, 2017 the six citizens of Yemen crossed illegally into the U.S. from Mexico, the federal document says, adding that the [Special Interest Aliens] were detained and interviewed by investigators from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). “Each of them paid Aldairi varying amounts to be smuggled into the United States from Mexico,” the warrant affidavit states, adding that all six Yemenis positively identified Aldairi from a photo lineup as the person who brought them into the country.

I don’t suppose anyone imagines that the Yemenis are “refugees” who made their way across the world to our southern border to escape domestic abuse, or whatever. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated instance:

Foreigners from nations with terrorist ties have been slipping into the U.S. via Mexico for years and Judicial Watch has exposed several plots as part of an ongoing investigation into the critical national security threats that grip the region. In one operation exposed by Judicial Watch, Mexican drug cartels smuggled nationals of terrorist countries into a small Texas rural town near El Paso Texas. To elude the Border Patrol, they used remote farm roads to reach stash areas in Acala, a rural crossroads located around 54 miles from El Paso.

Judicial Watch also uncovered State Department records confirming that “Arab extremists” are entering the U.S. through Mexico with the assistance of smuggling network “cells.” Among them was a top Al Qaeda operative wanted by the FBI, identified via a cable from the American consulate in Ciudad Juárez as Adnan G. El Shurkrjumah. Shukrijumah helped plan several U.S. attacks, including plots to bomb Oprah Winfrey’s studio and detonate nuclear devices in multiple American cities (watch a Judicial Watch documentary on it here). For years Shukrijumah appeared on the FBI’s most wanted list and, despite being sought by the agency, crossed back and forth into the U.S. from Mexico to meet fellow militant Islamists in Texas. In fact, as one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, Shukrijumah piloted an aircraft into the Cielo Dorado airfield in Anthony, New Mexico.

Another renowned jihadist, an ISIS operative named Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir, has traveled back and forth through the porous southern border, a high-ranking Homeland Security official told Judicial Watch. Khabir, a national of Kuwait, lives in the Mexican state of Chihuahua not far from El Paso and has trained hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. Mexican drug traffickers help him and other Islamic terrorists stationed in Mexico cross into the United States to explore targets for future attacks, according to state and federal law enforcement officials interviewed by Judicial Watch. This has been going on for many years.

There is much more at the link, along with many links that I have omitted in the text above. The bottom line is that the Democratic Party, including its partisan judges and its media enablers, is exposing us to the risk of terrorist attack by doing its best to make it impossible to secure our southern border. We can only hope that the Democrats’ partisanship doesn’t lead to a catastrophe like the September 11 attacks.

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