Skip to comments.Watch-list suspects raise alert at border
Posted on 03/29/2011 2:38:58 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
WASHINGTON Nearly 900 "special interest aliens" from 35 nations with suspected ties to terrorism have been apprehended along the border between Texas and California over the past 17 months, the Lone Star State being the land route of choice, according to a Border Patrol report obtained by the Chronicle.
The arrests include the high-profile case of former Montreal imam Said Jaziri, a native of the watch-list country of Tunisia, who was arrested for unlawful entry by the U.S. Border Patrol near San Diego in January.
..."There are a lot of people crossing the border who came from scary parts of the world," said U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas....In the past five years, 739 such suspects were nabbed crossing into Texas illegally, according to Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.
....An independent analysis by Vanderbilt political science and law professor Carol Swain and Vanderbilt student Saurabh Sharad found a 67 percent increase in arrests of border crossers from suspect nations - up from 213 in 2000 to 355 in 2009.
"A porous U.S.-Mexico border presents an opportunity for terrorists to enter the U.S. undetected," cautions Farenthold, the freshman GOP congressman.
Mark Jones, chairman of Rice University's political science department and a specialist in Latin American studies, says elected officials continue to raise the shadowy specter of terrorists crossing the border in hopes of gaining wider political support against illegal immigration.
...Unlike Ressam, who was convicted of terrorism charges in federal court, apprehended "special interest aliens" wind up in the immigration court system leading to expected deportation.
...Jason Pack of the FBI and Barbara Gonzalez of ICE, said they could not make public or did not have available statistics showing the disposition of legal cases against suspects from watch-list countries.
(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...
These numbers provide a glimpse into
suspected terrorist enforcement efforts.
875: "Special interest aliens" apprehended
by the U.S. Border Patrol on the
southwestern border over past 17 months.
739: Suspects from watch-list countries
picked up during illegal crossings into Texas
over the past five years.
35: Countries listed by the U.S. as "special
interest" suspected presence or ties to
24: Terrorist plots unmasked in U.S. over
the past two years involving radicalized U.S.
citizens or foreign nationals living here.
1,200: The number of arriving airline
passengers from watch-list nations in the
past year interviewed by federal law
Federal reports and interviews.
Thanks for wide ping!
FR administrator keeps removing Topic designations. I got “government” reinstated but for some reason “foreign” or “crime” are forbidden -— and don’t even TRY to make this a “front page” story.
An article in this morning’s Drudge Report says our President “wants the illegals to succeed, not be deported”.
Our defeat by any and all means is his aim.
I got government reinstated but for some reason foreign or crime are forbidden - and dont even TRY to make this a front page story.
Don't worry - as long as the 'aliens' keyword is there, I can find the post and ping the list with 400+ names on it...
Wait...Janet from another planet says our border is secure and safe. Too bad for her word is getting out that it just isn’t so safe after all. Some of these scarier folks that cross the border will end up doing some horrific acts and then many will wake up about the border issues. Wish we could wake them up NOW.
Big “Sis” wants us to spy on U.S. citizens not on illegal immigration.
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