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From Reuters: Mexican and U.S.
From Sara Carter: An estimated 75 percent of applicants for immigrant benefits - green cards, work visas, and a host of other documents - at a major federal processing center were not screened through the U.S. terrorism watch list over the past four years, the Daily Bulletin has learned. The error - on nearly 3 million applications dating to 2002 - was confirmed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers at the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, Mo., near Kansas City.
This is a couple weeks old, but from this: Almost half of the illegal aliens arriving in the U.S. from terrorist-sponsoring or "special interest" nations in the past few years have been released into the American population following their apprehension.
From this: In a seven minute Full Disclosure Network Video News Blog United States Attorney Debra Yang and retired L. A. County Sheriff Sergeant Richard Valdemar discuss the problems of gang members and illegal foreign nationals working as airport baggage handlers and in high security areas of airports and who have access to the tarmacs and commercial airliners...
From this: A leading terrorism expert says Canada's liberal open-door immigration policy is a "death wish" for an attack on home soil. David Harris, a former top CSIS official who's now a senior fellow with the Canadian Coalition for Democracies, believes a bloated influx of immigrants and refugees poses a serious threat to national security.
There's no word on any terrorism connection, but a man from the Republic of Georgia is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison under orders of ICE after admitting to being an illegal alien. He and a compatriot (who wasn't held) had in their possession: $4200 in cash, 15 pre-paid cellular phones, a laptop, and GPS software. Obviously, there are both innocent and more sinister explanations for those possessions.
The Derb attended a soiree about immigration and has an interesting roundup. I've numbered them and bolded bits: 1. Of GOP '08 serious prospects, only George Allen looks as if he understands the immigration issue. (Unless you think Newt Gingrich is a serious prospect.) 2. Quote on GWB: "He loves his servants. He's a guy with a ranch and lots of Mexican help. Vicente Fox is a guy with a ranch and lots of Mexican help.
Twenty five illegal aliens were arrested working at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. They were working in construction and landscaping, and this report from China's People's Daily Online has no word on what country they were from. The Communist China newspaper also reports: The Barksdale Air Force Base, home for the Air Force's 2nd Bomb Wing, also provides global combat capability and trains all B-52 combat crews. Always remember: George Bush is keeping the U.S.
Les Kinsolving asked Tony Snow about border security: "The president has made his views on border security well-known... and my question: Would the president make border security a higher priority if he were convinced it was being used as an entry point by terrorists like those who are part of Hezbollah and al-Qaida?" Snow responded: "Think of it this way.
From this: Federal agents conducting a sweep aimed at illegal immigrants detained 58 civilian workers Tuesday as they tried to enter Fort Bragg with suspected false or fraudulently obtained identification, officials said. Almost all of them were construction workers, officials said... Some of the people detained were from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, ICE spokesman Marc Raimondi said... Which leads to the obvious question: which countries were th
From Kris Kobach: One important lesson our country learned on Sept. 11, 2001, is that state and local police can make the difference between an unsuccessful terrorist plot and an attack that kills nearly 3,000 people. But some in Washington, D.C., still have not absorbed this lesson. The immigration bill (S.
From this: The U.S. immigration system is so broken that it can't be fixed, a former top security official at the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) told NewsMax in an exclusive interview. "Internal corruption at CIS is so pervasive that hostile foreign governments have penetrated the agency," said Michael J.
From this: [A DHS] report [dhs.gov/interweb/assetlibrary/OIG_06-33_Apr06.pdf] reveals that 45,008 aliens from countries on the U.S.
Doing a little bit of journalism, KNBC's Kelly Mack spoke to an unidentified whistleblower who works for Customs and Border Protection. Here's the full interview with video, and here are some of the quotes from the agent: A lot of [illegal aliens] we encounter down at the fishing docks... management has given a directive to officers to stay away from those areas ... there are illegal aliens in the port driving trucks ... management turns a blind eye to this as well...
From this: The Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office intercepts 54 illegal immigrants just 90 miles east of El Paso, and among the group are two former Mexican soldiers. The arrests were part of Operation Linebacker. Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West said it shows how local law enforcement can be another line of defense along the border. The immigrants were caught on Highway 62/180, near the Guadalupe Mountains.
There are several reports listed here, including this recent one: Watch this video of an ongoing investigation done by the news team from KGRV TV serving Harlingen-Weslaco-McAllen -Brownsville, Texas. (Video will open in your media player - it's a news segment.) It is part of an ongoing series highlighting the culmination of months of investigative research into the flow of terrorists over our borders.
From this unverified entry: In connection with a lawsuit brought by the Associated Press, the Pentagon released thousands of pages of documents transcribed during tribunal hearings for the hundreds of terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. There is a lot of interesting information in those documents, including the allegations against one detainee who was caught while trying to sneak across the Mexican border.
Nowadays, Harry Reid supports illegal immigration, even when he ends up greatly harming American citizens and assisting Bush, connected contractors, and the government of Mexico in the process. (See also this, this, this and this about an Abramoff connection).
From this: Federal agents arrested three Guatemalan nationals and one Colombian national who were all working illegally for AID Maintenance, a Rhode Island-based company that provides contract cleaning services to both the the Naval Undersea Warfare Center and the Naval Station in Newport R.I. In Monday's operation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents apprehended the individuals as they reported for work at the base.
One of the cherished talking points of supporters of illegal immigration is that illegal aliens who come here for economic reasons don't post a terror-related threat to the U.S. That's usually applied to Hispanic illegal aliens. And, as the latest example shows, it's frequently used by racial advocates: someone named Marisa Trevino offers "Border control aims at wrong bad guys" (link).
The Dugway Proving Ground in Utah is a top-secret base where the U.S. Army does research into biological and chemical weapon defense. Nine illegal aliens were caught working there recently. "Just by saying you're working for a subcontractor, you can access one of the most highly top secret installations in the country, dealing with weapons of mass destruction," [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Adam Parks] said. "Once inside the perimeter, they had their identification and would go to work, not monitored. They didn't have an escort or anything like that." The workers -...
From this: A deputy sheriff warned federal lawmakers Friday that drug traffickers are helping suspected terrorists cross from Mexico into Texas. Val Verde County chief deputy Terry Simons offered little evidence publicly of his claims before congressmen at a meeting in Houston. The FBI couldn't immediately confirm the lawman's account. Simons says Texas authorities have learned of newly established camps in Mexico, where so-called "narco-terrorists" are getting trained...
From this: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., expressed concern Thursday that the southern border has become a "major gateway" for Middle Eastern terrorists in a hearing with National Intelligence Director John Negroponte and other top intelligence officials. Feinstein noted that law enforcement officials captured 155,000 non-Mexican illegal aliens in 2005, more than three times as many as the 49,545 that were apprehended in 2003. Negroponte told Feinstein that the intelligence community was "sensitive to" the issue she raised, but said that the Canadian border posed "a bit greater concern...
MEXICO CITY - Mexican federal agents have arrested four Iraqis trying to sneak into the United States without proper documents, the government said Monday. Wasim Francis Schamoun and Ivan Yalda, both 23, and Refon Chlil Oraha and Thaer Salem Yelda, both 27, were found on a bus in the northern city of Navajoa after police received an anonymous tip, the attorney general's office said in a statement. The Iraqis were in Mexico illegally, the statement said... The AP s
From this: Mexican soldiers and civilian smugglers had an armed standoff with nearly 30 U.S.
From this: Court documents in a Brownsville, Texas drug-smuggling case cite a wiretapped telephone conversation by one of the smugglers who said that "Osama's people" are ready to be transported across the Mexican border into the U.S. The Brownsville Herald reported earlier this week ["Infiltration from the south feared"]: "[Paperwork in the case] contains details of a December 2004 incident in which [one smuggler] tried to secure transportation for 20 Middle Eastern 'terrorists' waiting to enter the United States from Monterrey, Chiapas and Puebla in Mexico. "Recorded telephone...
From this: Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) today revealed figures which show that since October, 2004, 51 persons who have crossed into the U.S. illegally were arrested on suspicion of terrorism.
From 11/20/05: An al-Qaida operative who was on the FBI's terrorist watch list was recently captured near the Mexican border, housed in a Texas jail and turned over to federal agents, Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, said on Friday. "A confirmed al-Qaida terrorist, an Iraqi national, was held in the Brewster County jail," Rep. Culberson told ABC Radio host Sean Hannity. "He was captured in Mexico. This was within the last six weeks.
Maybe Rep. Sue Myrick was partly right: "Lawmaker: Terror war spilling across border".
Last week, North Carolina Rep.
The Charlotte Observer recently published the following quote from U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) concerning a bill to prevent illegal aliens from getting driver's licenses in her state: "This isn't aimed at any one race," said Sue Myrick, who is being mentioned as a potential candidate for governor of the state. "Our main concern is: Who's in our state? This is a critical issue today.
From this: [Legal immigrant Sam] Malkandi has said that he was approached at Northgate Mall [in Seattle] by an Arabic-speaking stranger named Ahmed Bawarth soon after arriving in Western Washington. The two became friends, Malkandi said, and about a year after they met, Bawarth asked Malkandi to assist him in helping a friend from Yemen into the country.
A couple years ago, I visited the White Sands Missile Range museum, right outside the gate of that military base. Obviously, it would be foolish for almost anyone who doesn't belong there to try to sneak onto that secure military facility. "Almost anyone", because dozens of illegal aliens (i.e., citizens of other countries who have no allegiance to this country) have been caught working at secure military facilities.
From the AP: Scores of illegal aliens working as cooks, laborers, janitors, even foreign-language instructors have been seized at military bases around the country in the past year, raising concerns in some quarters about security and troop safety. I don't know exactly how to parse the "some quarters" bit.
See "Violent gang with Central American roots expands deep into U.S." for the scoop. See "Can you trust the Las Vegas Sun?" for more on that paper.
Back in May 2004 I posted "[Navy] Base security scrutinized over illegal-immigrant workers" about one Miguel Ramos-Amaya. He was accused of importing illegal aliens - including MS-13 gang members - to work on the Navy base in Norfolk, VA.
From "Language teachers arrested at U.S. military base": Two Indonesians and a Senegalese who worked as foreign language instructors for elite U.S. special operations troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, have been arrested on immigration charges, authorities said on Wednesday. The Army said the three worked at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg. Sgt.
Three kind-hearted undocumented friends from Vicente's country were stopped from entering a NUCLEAR POWER PLANT in Nebraska. It's bad enough when good-hearted folks end up workin' at Navy bases, but when they work at something that could lead to a "China syndrome", perhaps even our "American" president might consider waking up. Three illegal aliens were arrested by U.S.
Mahmoud Maawad has been in the U.S. for six years, working for cash at a convenience store. He's undocumented. And, he's a student at the University of Memphis. With that information, both George Bush and Nina Bernstein would probably start feeling their compassion welling. But, hold off for a second, you two: When FBI agents walked [his] spartan apartment [on Sep 9]... they found a desk, chair, computer and a Koran. They also found an airline pilot's uniform, a chart of Memphis International Airport, and instructional DVDs, including one called "How an Airline Captain Should Look and...
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (link) The Midwest seems an unlikely hideout for Osama bin Laden's hired hands. But an ongoing federal crackdown shows an increasing presence of a violent gang with suspected links to al-Qaida. The gang, M-S-13, was founded in El Salvador and is known for smuggling drugs and immigrants into the U-S. [...and there's a possible terrorism connection...]