Skip to comments.Illegals from terrorist nations crossing border into Arizona.
Posted on 08/14/2004 7:22:55 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
TUCSON- Tom McNamara and the Eyewitness News 4 Investigators have spent the last three months talking to experts and eyewitnesses.
The stories are compelling and the evidence is frightening, and just this week, Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo released a report showing that the problem is worse than anyone thought.
Here's what the Eyewitness News 4 Investigators uncovered.
"It's a Muslim prayer blanket. It was found about a mile and a half west from the Douglas port of entry in 2001."
Larry Vance is a rancher who lives near the U.S.-Mexico border in Douglas, Arizona.
For years, he says he's watched - and documented - thousands of illegals crossing the border and running away to eventual arrest... or freedom and anonymity somewhere in this country.
And in just one hour, during this stake-out along the border between Douglas and Bisbee, The Investigators count 198 illegals in five different groups crossing into the U.S. with no resistance.
Watch as they huddle in the bushes, then climb thru a few strands of barbed wire and run for freedom.
We called Border Patrol and waited another full hour, but no one ever came.
Later, we checked Border Patrol logs which note agents being dispatched following our call, but also note those agents found no signs of activity in the area.
In recent years, Vance says, the evidence some illegals leave behind is alarming.
Vance says, "Other log books, diary-type things, other bits and pieces of paper with Arabic written on them found in the area over the last few years
We've all heard of the U.S. government's Terror Watch List: countries flagged because Americans are endangered by their citizens, yet regularly, illegals from those countries are crossing the Arizona border, blending in with groups of Mexican and South American illegal immigrants.
If apprehended, they are brought to this federal detention center in Florence, Arizona.
The investigators found that on this day, several individuals of this kind were being detained here, including some from Sudan, Iran, and even Iraq.
These are just the ones who were caught.
These detainees are called 'other than Mexicans' or OTM's. Most will eventually be sent back to their home country.
But some disappear very quickly, usually before they even reach this center or other holding facilities. They're taken away by tight-lipped federal agents to who-knows-where.
Who are they? They're called 'Special Interest Aliens" or "SIA."
According to Ben Anderson, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, The SIA that they don't want to talk about. That's special interest alien. These are people from those countries that we consider terrorist threats."
Anderson is a retired U.S. Army Colonel who tracks illegal immigration from his home in Sierra Vista, Arizona. He has a website sharing his research into Special Interest Aliens.
"You will not read about that. You will not hear about that. They will not talk about that. They will not provide that info to the press
Colonel Anderson says these Special Interest Aliens originate in the Middle East or Northeast Asia. They travel through Spain to what's called the tri-border area of Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay, then, to Mexico City.
They pay to learn Spanish language skills, and by the time they reach the U.S., they're acting and talking like Mexicans to fool border agents.
And, Anderson says, they're entering the United States right through our backyard. "This is the main alley. It's called "Cocaine Alley" or "Terrorist Alley." Whatever you want to call it, Arizona is the prime place."
Cochise County is the center. It's the point of gravitus, center of gravity for all illegals," says Anderson.
Anderson says some Special Interest Aliens are well-funded. paying tens of thousands of dollars to be smuggled into this country. They manage to get passports from non-terrorist nations.
And here's the shocking part: if they are caught, they are often released on their own recognizance, never to be seen again.
According to Retired Border Patrol Agent David Stoddard, "There are Middle Easterners coming across the border as we speak."
Stoddard agrees with Anderson. Stoddard spent 17 years as a Border Patrol agent and supervisor in the Tucson Sector before retiring.
"What's scary is that I can show you places out here on the line right now where 18-wheelers can be driven across."
"These 18-wheelers can be loaded with anything -- illegal aliens, atomic weapons, whatever."
Stoddard says Americans would be shocked if they knew just how many people from all over the world are getting into this country across the Arizona border. And he says we're even less safe from terrorism today than we were before 9/11.
Take for example, the capture of terrorist suspect Jose Padilla. The Justice Department says Padilla and an accomplice planned to enter the U.S. thru Mexico to blow up apartment buildings in major cities, like New York.
Or the case of suspected al-Qaeda sleeper agent Mohammed Junaid Babar.
Babar has told investigators of a scheme to smuggle terrorists across the Mexican border. He's tied to a terror plot to carry out bombings and assassinations in London.
And the Tombstone Tumbleweed newspaper reports that in June, 53 Middle Eastern men were apprehended by Border Patrol agents near Willcox.
It's believed they were from Iran or Syria.
Stoddard says, "It's the ones who are sneaking into our country under cover of darkness between our ports of entry that concern me and should concern every American.
Border Patrol Council President T.J. Bonner says, "You don't know what is getting by you unless you come across, as you said, small pieces of evidence, remnants of things that give you clues, that not everybody is coming across from mexico looking for a job."
Bonner knows exactly who and what current agents are uncovering along our border and he has a dire warning:
"It's only a matter of time before another terrorist attack occurs, unfortunately.
Some in Congress are starting to take notice of the threat. Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo released a report that revealed a 50% increase in OTMs, illegals Other Than Mexicans, crossing the border.
Tancredo says some illegals from terrorist nations are paying as much as $50,000 to be smuggled in. He says they're not paying that kind of money simply to work at a 7/11.
You would have known about this well over a month ago IF you have been keeping track of these horror stories out of Arizona, New Mexico, texas & California here on FreeRepublic!
Just popped up on a news search. Glad you like it.
Huh? As opposed to just getting on a plane and flying to Chicago? WTF?
FYI - Hijinx, Gubamyster and myself got together and coordinated our efforts. Now we're working from a comprehensive list that includes everyone who wants to be alerted about border issues. As always, if you want to be added or removed just contact one of us.
Big Favor- If you run across any related article in the forum and note that it doesn't have "alien" as a key word it would be a great help to us if you added it. That's the primary index point that ties them all together and allows us to keep up. Thankyuhverymuch. - NRT
But what should also be mentioned:
Undocumented immigrants from countries other than Mexico or Canada will be deported within a few days rather than held for a hearing in most cases, the Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday.
Department officials cited national security concerns and a desire to end what is sometimes referred to as a "catch-and-release" system, in which many of these immigrants disappear into society while waiting for a hearing.
Although expedited deportations have been commonplace for immigrants caught at official ports of entry since 1997, yesterday's announcement expands the policy to those caught entering illegally by land elsewhere, within 100 miles of either border and within 14 days of arrival.
"There is a concern that as we tighten the security of our ports of entry through biometric checks, there will be more effort made by terrorists through our vast land borders," Asa Hutchinson, the DHS undersecretary for border and transportation security, said yesterday in Washington.
"We recognize we have to secure those."
According to the Border Patrol, 57,633 non-Mexican undocumented immigrants have been apprehended since October. The vast majority 94 percent were from the Western Hemisphere, including other Latin American countries.
Neat little read if ya get bored.........Stay safe and thanks for the pings !
How do you do a keyword (alien) search?
learning to blend in with Mexican illegals
Mexican illegal aliens are "hands-off" in NYC, LA, SF, DC, etc
time is their tool
Add me to your list please.
Maybe someone can compile a book from these articles and then we can personally deliver them to our senators. That way they won't be able to tell us they weren't aware that this was happening on our border.
This is highly unlikely to happen at least in my Sector.
Tanctredo is a lying POS. He is a sock puppet for the Bush-hating Buchanan.
We are taking action:
Border Patrol to Get Increased Deportation Authority
WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Border & Transportation Security Asa Hutchinson announced plans to increase the authority of border patrol agents to quickly deport persons crossing U.S. borders illegally. The plan is also aimed at "facilitating travel for legitimate Mexican visitors."
The new plan involves expanding the use of "expedited removal from the ports-of-entry to locations along the U.S. border," and "increasing the amount of time a border crossing card will allow a card-holder to remain in the U.S."
"We want to send a clear message that those individuals who follow legal immigration procedures will benefit while those who choose to break our nations immigration laws will be promptly removed from the U.S.," said Under Secretary Hutchinson.
"Expedited removal" has been used at official ports of entry in the U.S., such as airports and seaports, since 1997. However, it has not been applied on the land borders between the ports of entry.
According to the DHS, the expansion of expedited removal processing will allow the department to "speed the removal of illegal aliens who are caught while attempting to enter the United States by fraudulent means or while attempting to elude Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol agents." DHS says the new procedure will only apply to those caught within 100 miles of the Mexican or Canadian borders, and only if they are apprehended within their first 14 days in the U.S.
Smuggler attempts to run over Border Patrol
On August 8, 2004, a Border Patrol Agent assigned to the Douglas Station fired two shots from his service issued rifle at the driver of a vehicle that illegally crossed the International Boundary and attempted to run him over.
Yesterday, at approximately 11:20 p.m., two vehicles crossed the boundary illegally in an attempt to smuggle narcotics into the United States. Intelligence gleaned by agents suggested that one vehicle was acting as a decoy, while the other was laden with the narcotics.
As the Excursion crossed the International Boundary, it became stuck in a ditch just north of the border. About 10 other smugglers that had been hiding in the brush nearby jumped out and were able to push the Excursion up onto the road. The driver of the Excursion then drove eastbound and then north on Plantation Road. A Border Patrol agent successfully deployed a controlled tire deflation device in front of the Excursion, deflating two of its tires. The driver then turned the vehicle around, and upon spotting the agent, drove off road into the brush and tried to run him over. The agent was unable to run out of harms way in the think brush and fired two rounds at the driver to stop him. The driver then veered off and absconded back into Mexico.
Two of the Dodge pick-up's tires were also successfully deflated with a controlled tire deflation device and became disabled on border road west of King's Highway. As agents approached the vehicle, the two occupants fled back into Mexico, leaving the truck behind. Agents determined that the pick-up was reported stolen out of Phoenix, Arizona. No contraband was discovered in the truck.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol Agents have been assaulted nearly 100 times this fiscal year to date, compared to 115 in all of fiscal year 2003. Although the number of assaults is similar to last year, the violent nature of the crimes is not. Frustrated smugglers have recently rammed marked Border Patrol vehicles, tried to run over agents, and have been regularly engaging agents in armed conflict.
The Border Patrol is a division of the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, a new agency within the Department of Homeland Security, responsible for managing and securing our nation's borders.
And of course, the UN complains:
Border deportations concern UN
WASHINGTON A confidential report conducted by the United Nations in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security has found that airport inspectors with the power to summarily deport undocumented immigrants have handcuffed travelers fleeing persecution, discouraged some from seeking political asylum and often lacked an understanding of asylum law.
Homeland Security officials say they have responded to the problems identified in the report, which was completed late last year and obtained this week by The New York Times. But the study highlights the challenges facing the department as it grants border patrol agents sweeping powers to deport illegal immigrants from the borders with Mexico and Canada without providing them with the opportunity to make their cases before immigration judges.
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