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April 28, 2006
Southern Border Crossings Not Just For Workers Any More

Thomas Joscelyn reports that transcriptions of Guantanamo Bay hearing uncovered plots by two different Islamist terror groups to send its volunteers into the United States through Mexico, exploiting the border we seem unwilling to credibly secure:

The detainee explains his travels thusly:

I did not take a boat from one country to another. I did take a small boat to cross rivers inside Mexico. I do not know all the countries I went to. I did take a plane from Pakistan to Guatemala. From there I traveled by foot and vehicle to Mexico.

The most intriguing aspect of the transcript concerns the allegations surrounding the smuggler responsible for getting the detainee across the border. The government alleges:

The smuggler responsible for the above-mentioned vessel has close business ties with an individual known to help coordinate smuggling operations for members of Hizballah and al-Gama’at al-Islamiyya; Hizballah and al-Gama’at al-Islamiyya are known terrorist groups.

Joscelyn reminds his readers that Hezbollah is one of the oldest and most successful of the Islamist terror organizations operating. It has conducted operations in Argentina, killing a number of Jews in a string of bombings that culminated in an attack on a Jewish community center in 1994. Al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya has affiliated itself with al-Qaeda occasionally, but has more exposure as the group run by Sheiks Omar Abdel-Rahman, the "blind sheikh" who conspired with other terrorists to bomb the World Trade Center in 1993. Rahman currently resides here in Minnesota as a permanent guest of the federal government, and over the years IG has proclaimed a desire to set him free through extortion and terrorism.

Read all of Joscelyn's post. Remember that we have long worried about the ability of terrorist groups to infiltrate the US through the porous southern border. It highlights the stubbornly naive approach taken by the Senate and endorsed by the White House in pursuing immigration reform. This underscores the need to secure the border first before we discuss normalizing those left inside the US.

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