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Accused Boston bombing accomplices are illegal aliens (immigration, Dias Kadyrbayev, Azamat Tazhayakov, Rubio, amnesty) - 05/01/13

Three friends of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested today for involvement after the attacks. From a Department of Justice press release [1]:

Boston Marathon bombing suspects were Chechen immigrants (Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, asylum, amnesty) - 04/19/13

The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing are brothers of Chechen ethnicity, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. According to the Djohar Tsarnaev vkontakte page (, the Russian Facebook), he spoke English, Russian, and Chechen and was a Muslim. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was an amateur boxer; in a 2010 college profile he said he was Muslim and was "very religious" (link). And:

Rick Perry's unworkable immigration idea: work visas for illegal aliens (John King, CNN, secure the border) - 11/04/11

Rick Perry appeared on CNN's John King show yesterday and supported an unworkable plan: giving work visas to the millions of illegal aliens in the U.S.

DHS cover up of WMD smuggled into U.S.? San Diego port CBP official interview - 02/14/11

The video below shows an interview in which a Border Patrol official seems to admit that some form of "mass effect" device, aka WMD, was caught being smuggled into the U.S. In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security denies that such an incident ever happened.

Obviously, there are a lot of possibilities here. The DHS could be lying (which wouldn't be surprising). The DHS official could be following orders to try to scare people (see Were terror alerts faked to elect Bush?) If you're on the fringe, maybe the DHS could be planning a false flag operation designed to crack down on civil liberties. Or, maybe the official was just confused.

An unedited version of the video is at (around 5:50).

Here's the relevant portion of the interview (link) with "Al Hallor, who is the assistant port director and an officer with Customs and Border Protection":

"So, specifically, you're looking for the dirty bomb? You're looking for the nuclear device?" asked [10News investigative reporter Mitch Blacher].

"Correct. Weapons of mass effect," Hallor said.

"You ever found one?" asked Blacher.

"Not at this location," Hallor said.

"But they have found them?" asked Blacher.

"Yes," said Hallor.

"You never found one in San Diego though?" Blacher asked.

"I would say at the port of San Diego we have not," Hallor said.

"Have you found one in San Diego?" Blacher asked.

At that point, a public relations flack who's been shadowing the two of them throughout the interview stops his reply. She says something about having to check whether they've found such devices.

After the interview, the DHS released the following statement. Note that only the first sentence concerns the interview, the rest is just useless verbage:

CBP has not specifically had any incidents with nuclear devices or nuclear materials at our ports of entry. CBP is an all-threats agency. The purpose of many security measures is to prevent threats from ever materializing by being prepared for them. And, we must be prepared to stop threats in whatever form they do materialize at the border, whether it’s an individual or cargo arriving by land, air, or sea. Regardless of what the contraband or threat is, we’re being smart, evaluating, and focusing in on anything or anyone that is potentially high-risk.

We were able to show you first-hand one example of how we evaluate segment risk, inspect, etc. in the cargo environment by air and sea here in San Diego. This is one portion of the CBP mission, and hopefully gives you some examples of how much has evolved in the past decade, with the new technologies we have at our disposal. This, coupled with document requirements at the border, advanced passenger and cargo information, better information sharing, and many other measures help us to secure the border - and each measure doesn’t work individually or in a vacuum, but rather in the layered security that we were able to demonstrate one facet of.

Suicide bomber book found at border; extremist cleric caught sneaking into U.S. - 01/27/11

Two recent but unrelated stories about immigration terrorism:

1. From William La Jeunesse of Fox News (link):

A book celebrating suicide bombers has been found in the Arizona desert just north of the U.S.- Mexican border, authorities tell Fox News.

The book, "In Memory of Our Martyrs," was spotted Tuesday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent out of the Casa Grande substation who was patrolling a route known for smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs.

Published in Iran, it consists of short biographies of Islamic suicide bombers and other Islamic militants who died carrying out attacks.

2. From this:

U.S. border authorities have arrested a controversial Muslim cleric who was deported from Canada to Tunisia three years ago and was caught earlier this month trying to sneak into California inside the trunk of a BMW, according to court documents.

Said Jaziri, the former Imam of a Muslim congregation in Montreal, was hidden inside a car driven by a San Diego-area man who was pulled over by U.S. Border Patrol agents near an Indian casino east of San Diego. Jaziri allegedly paid a Tijuana-based smuggling group $5,000 to get him across the border near Tecate, saying he wanted to be taken to a “safe place anywhere in the U.S.”...

...But Jaziri’s supporters said he was targeted for his fundamentalist views: Jaziri backed Sharia law for Canadian Muslims and led protests over the publication of the prophet Muhammad cartoons in a Danish newspaper in 2006.

For background on extremists and potential terrorists crossing the border, see all the entries at the first link in this post such as Reading the 9/11 Commission Staff Reports: Chapter 3 (2004), "Terror-Linked Migrants Crossing Into U.S." (2005), and "U.S. Fears Terrorism Via Mexico's Time-Tested Smuggling Routes" (2004).

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DHS caught, released, can't find 481 illegal aliens from terrorist states, countries of interest - 08/12/10

From this:

In the three fiscal years from 2007-2009, the Department of Homeland Security caught and released 481 illegal aliens from nations designated as state sponsors of terrorism and “countries of interest,” and those 481 aliens are now fugitives, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement database obtained by as the result of a Freedom of Information Act request.

The four state sponsors of terrorism, as determined by the State Department, are Iran, Syria, Sudan and Cuba. The “countries of interest” are those additional countries whose citizens have been subjected to enhanced screening on U.S.-bound flights by the Transportation Security Administration as a result of the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Flight 253.

Note that all but about eight months of that three year period were under the George W Bush administration.

Hundreds of possibly terrorism-linked Somalis crossed the border illegally - 05/27/10

From this:

The Department of Homeland Security is alerting Texas authorities to be on the lookout for a suspected member of the Somalia-based Al Shabaab terrorist group who might be attempting to travel to the U.S. through Mexico, a security expert who has seen the memo tells

The warning follows an indictment unsealed this month in Texas federal court that accuses a Somali man in Texas of running a "large-scale smuggling enterprise" responsible for bringing hundreds of Somalis from Brazil through South America and eventually across the Mexican border. Many of the illegal immigrants, who court records say were given fake IDs, are alleged to have ties to other now-defunct Somalian terror organizations that have merged with active organizations like Al Shabaab, al-Barakat and Al-Ittihad Al-Islami.

...In a separate case, Anthony Joseph Tracy, of Virginia, who admitted to having ties to Al Shabaab, is currently being prosecuted for his alleged role in an international ring that illegally brought more than 200 Somalis across the Mexican border. Prosecutors say Tracy used his Kenya-based travel business as a cover to fraudulently obtain Cuban travel documents for the Somalis. The smuggled Somalis are believed to have spread out across the United States and remain mostly at large, court records show.

...In addition to the Somali immigration issue, Mexican smugglers are coaching some Middle Eastern immigrants before they cross the border – schooling them on how to dress and giving them phrases to help them look and sound like Latinos, law enforcement sources told

"There have been a number of certain communities that have noticed this, villages in northern Mexico where Middle Easterners try to move into town and learn Spanish," [Joan Neuhaus Schaan, the homeland security and terrorism fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute] said. “People were changing there names from Middle Eastern names to Hispanic names."

Security experts say the push by illegal immigrants to try to fit in also could be the realization of what officials have feared for years: Latin American drug cartels are helping jihadist groups bring terrorists across the Mexican border...

12/26/06's Terrorism, drugs, illegal immigration links; Middle Easterners masquerading as Mexicans; Reyes
1/22/06's "'Osama's People' Smuggled Into U.S.?"
See also all the other entries on the immigration terrorism page.

Three arrested in Times Square plot may have tried to gain citizenship through marriage - 05/23/10

Per this, three of those held in relation to the Times Square bomb plot in New York City recently married American citizens, and those may have been attempts to become naturalized citizens. Note that the three haven't been charged, and it's not clear whether they were just money couriers or whether they knew of the bomb plot.

NYC terror suspect Faisal Shahzad immigration history: student visa, H1B, marriage, naturalized citizen - 05/04/10

Some background on Faisal Shahzad - the suspect in the recent New York City bomb attempt - is here, including some information on his immigration status. In roughly chronological order (quoted portions as in the article):

* End of 1998 or very beginning of 1999: "granted a student visa, which requires a criminal background check".

* Jan. 16, 1999: arrives in the U.S.

* 2000: gets a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Bridgeport.

* Unknown time between 2000 and 2004: marries Huma Mian; she currently lives in Pakistan.

* "In January 2002 Mr. Shahzad obtained an H1B visa, a coveted status meant for highly skilled workers and good for three years, with a possible extension. Records show that Elizabeth Arden, the cosmetics giant, applied for a visa around that time for a job similar to the one he had there in 2001, arranged through a temporary employment agency called Accountants Inc., according to a timecard found in his trash. Officials at the cosmetics company refused to comment."

* 2004: petitions to become a legal permanent resident (i.e., "green card")

* Spring/Summer 2004: "George LaMonica, a 35-year-old computer consultant, said he bought his two-bedroom condominium in Norwalk, Conn., from Mr. Shahzad for $261,000 in May 2004. A few weeks after he moved in, Mr. LaMonica said, investigators from the national Joint Terrorism Task Force interviewed him, asking for details of the transaction and for information about Mr. Shahzad. It struck Mr. LaMonica as unusual, but he said detectives told him they were simply “checking everything out.”"

* 2005: gets an MBA from the same college.

* October 2008: applies for citizenship.

* April 17, 2009: attends his citizenship ceremony.

Obviously, not all immigrants from Pakistan or other countries that have links to terrorism are going to turn out like he did, however it would be a very good idea to do even more thorough background checks on those who might have other agendas. It's probably not too likely that he was suddenly radicalized.

Note also that at the current rate that they do background checks, it would take 5 to 10 years to do FBI background checks on 10 million people. Any amnesty plan will thus have lightweight checks; for instance, the Reid-Schumer-Menendez plan would do a lightweight check, gave them permission to stay here, and then send them on their merry way. Only years later would another check be done. Obviously, that wouldn't be enough to stop someone like Shahzad.

UPDATE: From this:

Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list - Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) - between 1999 and 2008 because he brought approximately $80,000 cash or cash instruments into the United States.

Doris Meissner misleads, downplays border security's role in terrorism, uses bogus talking points - 05/02/10

Doris Meissner - former INS commissioner and now working for the Migration Policy Institute - takes to the pages of the Washington Post to offer "5 Myths about immigration" (link).

Whatever else, Steve Poizner is better than Meg Whitman on immigration (California Republican governor candidates) - 03/11/10

Back in October, California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman visited the border and spouted a series of "business-friendly" immigration talking points; it was like if you could find a Tamar Jacoby talking doll on eBay, but without the latter's self-awareness. Then, last month she gave in to the far-left and turned her back on a supporter who'd inartfully complained about being called a racist. So, if you care about the issues we cover here, she's not an option (unless she wins the primary and, say, her Democratic opponent is Nativo Lopez).

Whitman is competing with California insurance commissioner Steve Poizner, whose position on the immigration issue seems to be a bit better. On the video at (attached right or below) he sounds a bit "business-friendly" also, and he harps on secure the border. The latter is sometime a sign that someone isn't serious, but Poizner gets points for bringing up immigration terrorism. In his case - unlike Whitman and most leading Republicans and Democrats - he might actually be mostly serious about securing the border. However, he's also in the "illegal bad, legal good" orbit, extolling the virtues of legal immigration. He's probably not quite in the Carly Fiorina "flood the U.S. with H1Bs" camp, but then again he probably wouldn't serve as an effective counterweight to those like her.

And, from [1]:

At a Republican dinner in Yolo County, in Northern California, Poizner tried to distinguish himself from Whitman by saying that "only one of us thinks of the immigration issue as a state issue and not just a federal one. There is a lot we can do here in California."

In another meeting with activists, Poizner said, “One of my key issues will be illegal immigration and stopping it once and for all; if I have to send the National Guard to the border, I’ll do it.”

Poizner has also said publicly that "illegal immigrants are overwhelming our education, health care and public benefits systems."

The last, fact-based statement is one you'll never hear from cowards like Whitman or Arnold Schwarzenegger, so he at least deserves some degree of support, even if only in a strategic sense. I.e., using him to oppose those who support illegal immigration or at least defending him against them.


Napolitano of DHS: "al-Qaeda-type" terrorists inside U.S.; difficult to track visa exits; supposed border enforcement will lead to "reform" - 10/12/09

Bloomberg Television interviewed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today, and she said among other things (link):

"It is fair to say there are individuals in the United States who ascribe to al-Qaeda-type beliefs... And so it makes information-sharing, it makes effective law enforcement and it makes the shared responsibility of law enforcement ever so important."

If she's telling the truth and has accurate information, very few of those she's discussing will probably be native-born Americans; most or all will have come here legally or illegally due in part to intentionally lax standards and enforcement.


Jordanian accused in Dallas skyscraper bomb plant is illegal alien; student visa or border? - 09/25/09

From this:

[Hosam Maher Husein Smadi], a Jordanian national, was arrested Thursday after federal officials said he placed what he believed to be an explosives-laden truck in a parking garage beneath the 60-story Fountain Place tower in Dallas. He was charges with trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction and faces up to life in prison if convicted.

...In Jordan, Smadi's father insisted his son is innocent. He said Smadi and his brother, Hussein, 18, came to the United States in 2007 on a student visa. U.S. immigration authorities did not comment on Smadi's status, citing confidentiality.

From this:

...An affidavit in the case filed by Thomas D. Petrowski, FBI supervisory special agent in Dallas, said that Smadi had an Alien Registration Number issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Spokesmen at DHS would not discuss Smadi’s case. However, DHS issues Alien Registration Numbers both to aliens who originally enter the U.S. legally and to aliens who originally enter the U.S. illegally and are later encountered by DHS.

State Department Spokesman Andy Laine told that the State Department would not comment on whether or not Smadi was given a visa to enter the U.S. because visa records are confidential...

Al Qaeda recruiter: smuggle anthrax into U.S. from Mexico; claims to have laboratories - 06/03/09

Sara Carter of the Washington Times offers this:

U.S. counterterrorism officials have authenticated a video by an al Qaeda recruiter threatening to smuggle a biological weapon into the United States via tunnels under the Mexico border, the latest sign of the terrorist group's determination to stage another mass-casualty attack on the U.S. homeland.

The video aired earlier this year as a recruitment tool makes clear that al Qaeda is looking to exploit weaknesses in U.S. border security and also is willing to ally itself with white militia groups or other anti-government entities interested in carrying out an attack inside the United States, according to counterterrorism officials interviewed by The Washington Times...

"The Americans are afraid that the [weapons of mass destruction] might fall into the hands of 'terrorist' organizations like al Qaeda and others," [al-Nafisi] told followers. "There is good reason for the Americans' fears. ... [Al Qaeda] had laboratories in north Afghanistan. They have scientists, chemists and nuclear physicists. They are nothing like they are portrayed by these mercenary journalists - backward Bedouins living in caves. No, no, by no means. This kind of talk can fool only naive people. People who follow such things know that al Qaeda has laboratories, just like Hezbollah."

Smuggler of Hezbollah supporters into U.S. gets 60 years - 12/29/08

From this:

Mexican prosecutors say they won a 60-year prison term for a human smuggler who helped about 200 people sneak into the U.S., including Hezbollah supporters.

Salim Boughader Mucharrafille was arrested in 2002 and convicted on organized-crime and immigrant-smuggling charges.

Boughader, a Mexican of Lebanese descent, ran a cafe in the city of Tijuana, across the border from San Diego, California.

Among those he smuggled were sympathizers of Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based group that U.S. authorities have labeled a terror organization...

Previous coverage of him here and here.

Alleged al Qaeda operative worked as cab driver in Boston (LPR through marriage, student visa) - 12/28/08

From this:

A Lebanese man who was part of a complex federal investigation into a suspected U.S. terrorist network with ties to al-Qaida is in custody at the El Paso immigration detention center facing deportation, officials have confirmed.

According to court documents, Mohamad Kamal Elzahabi, 44, told the FBI he was a freedom fighter in 1988 and 1989 against the Soviets in Afghanistan, where he also attended a jihad military training camp, provided small-arms instruction and was a sniper.

...Elzahabi caught the attention of authorities in Canada, Minnesota, New York and Massachusetts, who learned he and three other men fought in Afghanistan and all became cab drivers in Boston. Elzahabi has continually denied he was part of a sleeper cell or terrorist group.

"Elzahabi (alias Abu Kamal al Lubnani) stated that he was a Lebanese national who entered the United States in 1984 on a student visa. (He) admitted that he thereafter paid a woman in Houston, Texas, to enter into a marriage with him and help him obtain legal permanent resident alien status," according to a federal complaint filed in Minnesota.

CBP chief Ralph Basham downplays Iranian sleeper cells in U.S. - 09/29/08

According to this, U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief Ralph Basham said this in a radio interview:
'If Iran has sleeper cells here, "we'd be doing something about it," ...I don't think we can sit here and give you a definition of exactly where the threat would come, what the assets are...'
As the article points out, that contradicts warnings from others:

GPO outsourced "secure" passports to foreign countries; Chinese espionage - 03/30/08

From the first of a three part series on this issue:
The United States has outsourced the manufacturing of its electronic passports to overseas companies a

Thousands of foreign flight school students unscreened by TSA - 02/27/08

From this:
Thousands of foreign student pilots have been able to enroll and obtain pilot licenses from U.S.

Two from terrorist watch list arrested near border (associate crossed illegally) - 02/27/08

From this:

Two men on the "national terrorist watch list" have been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) following a routine traffic stop... [Patagonia, Arizona Police Chief Ed Dobbertin said] that the men were of Middle Eastern descent and had been residing in Sierra Vista. ..."They were on the list because apparently they were non-U.S. citizens going to Nogales to basically bond out an individual - their associate - who was also a non-U.S.

Afghans arrested in India with forged Mexican passports - 02/19/08

From this:

Three Afghanis were arrested Wednesday at an international airport in India's Kerala state for flying with forged Mexican passports. They had just arrived there from Kuwait, where officials examined the passports identifying them as "Antonio Lopez Juan," "Javier Sanchez Alberto," and "Atonio Lopez Ernesto," and found that they didn't understand any Spanish.

Burdened DHS: 10s of thousands get green cards before background checks - 02/11/08

From this:
In a major policy shift aimed at reducing a ballooning immigration backlog, the Homeland Security Department is preparing to grant permanent residency to tens of thousands of applicants before the FBI completes a required background check.

Those eligible are immigrants whose fingerprints have cleared the FBI database of criminal convictions and arrests, but whose names have not yet cleared the FBI's criminal or intelligence files after six months of waiting.

The immigrants wh

GAO on Custom and Border Patrol failings (just waving people through) - 11/20/07

From this:
A video made during an investigation by the U.S. Government Accountability Office shows a stream of Mexicans strolling through the border into the U.S.

Democrats: soft on terrorist infiltration - 11/13/07

Based on the response to Rep. Tom Tancredo's ad about terrorism, one thing is clear: the nutroots/netroots (like Crooks and Liars, Raw Story, etc.), supposed mainstream bloggers/pundits (like Matt Yglesias), and the MSM just don't take border security that seriously. Some Democratic politicians might not go that far, and some might truly support border security, but most of them - including the top-tier Democratic candidates - simply talk a good game.

Hopefully Frank Luntz or similar is working on rhetoric that would expose this abject failure to protect the U.S. and that could be used by various candidates when it applies. In the meantime, here's my first attempt:

The Democrats just don't see terrorist infiltration of the U.S. as an important issue and would prefer to concentrate on more important things.

It needs a bit of clean-up; I use "important" twice.

Leftists scared about consequences of own policies (Tancredo ad) - 11/12/07

Some largely unimportant lefties are up in arms (link) about the following ad from Tom Tancredo that depicts a 24-like scenario with a backpack bomb being left in a shopping mall.

Diversity Visa: almost 10,000 admitted from terrorist nations - 09/22/07

The Diversity Visa Lottery is a Teddy Kennedy-hatched plan that was designed to increase the numbers of immigrants admitted from Ireland and other European countries. Each year around 55,000 applications are chosen at random from around the world with minimal qualificatons.

Now, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that nearly 10,000 people have been admitted from terror-sponsoring countries:
The report by the U.S.

"FBI's Mueller: Hezbollah Busted in Mexican Smuggling Operation" (March 2006) - 09/13/07

I don't think I noted this when it appeared on March 30, 2006, so here it is:
FBI Director Robert Mueller said this week that his agency busted a smuggling ring organized by the terrorist group Hezbollah that had operatives cross the Mexican border to carry out possible terrorist attacks inside the U.S...

...Mueller admitted that Hezbollah had succeeded in smuggling some of its operatives across the border, telling the House committee: "That was an organization that we dismantled and ident

Texas Homeland Security director: several terrorists arrested at border - 09/13/07

From this:
[Texas Homeland Security Director Steve McCraw] said Wednesday that terrorists with ties to Hezbollah, Hamas and al-Qaida have been arrested crossing the Texas border with Mexico in recent years.

...Leticia Zamarripa, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, said Wednesday she was unaware of any border arrests of people with terrorist ties.

DEA report: terrorists teaming with drug cartels - 08/08/07

From this:
Islamic extremists embedded in the United States - posing as Hispanic nationals - are partnering with violent Mexican drug gangs to finance terror networks in the Middle East, according to a [2005] Drug Enforcement Administration report.

...These terrorist groups, or sleeper cells, include people who speak Arabic, Spanish and Hebrew and, fo

Iraqis being smuggled across Mexican border - 07/17/07

Brian Ross of ABC News says that an "FBI intelligence report distributed by the Washington, D.C. Joint Terrorism Task Force" says that a group based in Chaparral, New Mexico is smuggling Iraqis and other Middle Easterners across the border. Few other details are provided, and things like this aren't exactly news to those who've been watching the posts in this category.

Illegal alien willing to make fake ID for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - 07/03/07

One of the frequent claims from supporters and profiteers of illegal immigration is that illegal aliens are just here to work, and no Mexicans/Central Americans have been involved in terrorist attacks.

Sanctuary policies: Fort Dix Six arrested multiple times - 05/11/07

Not only were three of the "Fort Dix Six" illegal aliens, but they had multiple arrests and sanctuary policies - or lack of DHS funding combined with unwillingness to deport people - may have played a role in allowing them to remain here.

Fort Dix Six terrorists: entered illegally over border, or stowaways? - 05/09/07

Per this:
The three brothers being charged as part of the alleged Fort Dix terror plot may have been smuggled across the border, FOX News has learned.

Dritan "Anthony" or "Tony" Duka, 28; Shain Duka, 26; and Eljvir "Elvis" Duka, 23, were in the United States illegally.

Illegal aliens rehired at Buckley Air Force Base after raid - 02/26/07

From this:
Illegal immigrants say they were working on a military housing project outside Buckley Air Force Base within days after a major immigration raid there last year.

Immigration officials said at the time that they were protecting national security and sending a message to employers with the Sept. 20 raid, which nabbed more than 120 workers.

Most of the workers were from Mexico and were quickly deported.

National Guard border standoff worse than reported - 01/20/07

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano has released details on the January 3 encounter between National Guard troops and an armed force from Mexico:
According to the statements, the armed group [of eight people] wore bulletproof vests and carried automatic weapons as they approached an entrance-identification site manned by the four National Guardsmen.

As they approached, the armed men "split into two groups to surround the site," said the statement from t

National Guard "stormed" in confrontation at border - 01/04/07

Last night, a group of armed border crossers stormed a National Guard encampment between Nogales and Lukeville in Arizona. Apparently no one was hurt and the four Guardsmen retreated and called for backup rather than firing on those who'd stormed them. They don't know what the goal was, and the attackers fled back to Mexico. Video at the link.

In the past, large numbers of people have tried to cross the border at one time as a diversionary tactic, allowing smugglers to bring drugs across elsewhere.

Terrorism, drugs, illegal immigration links; Middle Easterners masquerading as Mexicans; Reyes - 12/29/06

In September, one Miguel Alfonso Salinas and three other illegal aliens were arrested by the Border Patrol in New Mexico. After investigation, they discovered that wasn't his real name and he was actually a Muslim from Egypt [see also 2004's "Congressman: Terrorists are infiltrating the U.S. via Mexico"]. They haven't determined whether he has any links to terrorists.

Pakistani illegal alien accused of trying to help Taliban - 11/29/06

Via this comes this:
One of two Houston men accused of training to fight with the Taliban pleaded guilty this afternoon in federal court.

Kobie Diallo Williams, 33, a U.S. citizen who was a student at the University of Houston Downtown, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to assist a terrorist group.