The Bush administration has ordered the Border Patrol to move some personnel and equipment from the border to deal with Katrina, NewsMax reports (link):
...According to [the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency], however, plenty of its scarce resources are now committed to rescue and law enforcement support in the multi-state areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Its fixed wing aircraft...
The CIS has released a new study written by Janice Kephart, former counsel for the 9/11 commission: "Moving Beyond the 9/11 Staff report on Terrorist Travel".
From the AP report "Study: Terrorists Exploit Immigration Laws":
Suspected or convicted foreign-born terrorists have routinely exploited federal immigration laws over the last decade to enter or remain in the United States illegally...
In fiscal year 2004, 1483 Chinese (as in Red China) nationals were detained by the Border Patrol... just in the Rio Grande Valley sector. The report doesn't mention the numbers for other sectors in Texas, only saying that it's small. And, it doesn't mention the figures for other states. But, only 49 were detained last fiscal year in that same area.
From "Texas sheriffs seek aid fighting illegals":
County governments in Texas, overwhelmed by a flood of illegal aliens and rapidly increasing border violence, want the federal government to come up with $10 million to help them pay for manpower increases, rising fuel bills and much-needed vehicles and equipment.
Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez, a member of the Texas Border Sheriffs...
From "Kilgore sticking to gang concern":
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jerry W. Kilgore yesterday said law-enforcement officers would be foolish to assume that there is no link between the al Qaeda terrorist network and the Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha.
"MS-13 is the most violent street gang around, and Homeland Security has said it makes sense to see these gangs as being targeted by...
An anonymous tip triggered an investigation of undocumented workers at Camp Lejeune, resulting in 40 people being detained and a federal investigation, a base spokesman said.
Camp Lejeune officials detained 27 people at base gates during security checks Wednesday and another 12 at various construction sites Monday...
Details on where the workers are from, how they got on base...
Leo Banks offers a long article about ranchers directly on the border entitled "Images From the Battleground". It includes this:
The Border Patrol doesn't release a by-nation breakdown of those it arrests, and the agency is particularly tight-lipped about arrests of special interest aliens, known as SIAs. These are individuals from the list of about 35 countries the U.S. considers terror threats.
Like Los Angeles, New York, (reportedly) Denver, and several other major cities (and terrorist targets) Houston has a sanctuary policy that prevents their cops from asking about someone's immigration status.
HPD Captain Bruce Williams explains how this works:
"If the citizen can come to us and know that we're going to take the information that they give us without looking into their status as an...
Knight-Ridder outlines a somewhat fantastic plot involving Los Zetas and a Mexico-based Arab people smuggler joining forces: "FBI bulletin outlines possible terrorist plot at Texas border". The Arab will get to smuggle explosives in trucks into the U.S.; the Zetas will get help freeing a cartel leader.
However, this information came from an informant, who may or may not be credible.
Forty or so illegal aliens were recently arrested in a sting at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina. Previous coverage starts in "Why the left is untrustworthy and weak on national security, Part #43823294". Now, to drive that point home, comes the NYT with "Immigration Sting Puts 2 U.S.
From "Former FBI Official: Canada's Immigration Laws Too Lenient":
A former FBI official who currently specializes in international terrorism, counterintelligence, and foreign counterintelligence is warning that Canadian immigration laws are too lenient and make Canada a perfect destination for would-be terrorists.
Speaking at the 15th World Terrorist and Disaster Management Conference in...
FWIW, see "Mexico's blind eye to al-Qaida activity. Intel sources see porous border posing major terror threat to U.S.":
...Gen. Jorge Serrano, the head of the Attorney General Office's special terrorism investigation unit, says no Muslim terrorists have been found living in Mexico.
Yet intelligence sources in the U.S. and Canada say Islamic jihadists have been working with zealots in Mexico...
In something that apparently hasn't been covered by the U.S. press, American and Mexican legislators met in Rhode Island over the weekend to discuss issues of importance to the two countries. Similar annual meetings have been occuring for decades, and this year's event was apparently focusing on immigration matters. Details in "Strategy sought for migrant plan". I don't know how many U.S.
26 employees of a subcontractor of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Operations in Pascagoula, MS have been arrested for working illegally in the U.S., falsely claiming to be U.S. citizens, and other violations. NGSS builds and repairs commercial ships as well as military vessels for the U.S. and other countries. The Navy was involved in this latest investigation.
Detailed local version in "...
Goliad County wrote a new chapter Tuesday in its ongoing dealings with human smuggling. Sheriff Robert DeLaGarza said more than a dozen Asians who appear to be illegal immigrants were caught traveling through south Goliad County by a deputy patrolling an area north of Sarco.
DeLaGarza said the suspected illegals had passports from the Republic of China.
"OTM" means "other than Mexican", and refers to Central Americans, South Americans, Middle Easterners, North Koreans, etc. who are caught sneaking over our southern border. The article "Officials: OTMs 'a very grave problem'" states that many crossers choose Texas as the place to cross because they know they won't be detained due to limited detention space.
According to the DHS, out of 167 employees of a naval contractor, 86 are illegal aliens. The aliens painted Navy ships at the Naval Station San Diego and, of course, had some degree of access to the base and its 50+ ships.
The AP has a roundup of recent cases where illegal aliens were found to be working in sensitive facilities, including a nuclear power plant and as an airline mechanic. Surprisingly, the same AP headline is used in all of the dozens of newspapers that published the report.
Street gangs are proliferating around the world. The United States has unwittingly spurred this phenomenon by deporting tens of thousands of immigrants with criminal records each year. But that only partly explains how gangs went global. Credit also goes to the Internet, where gangs are staking out turf and spreading their culture online. Gang members may have never heard of globalization,...
FoxNews is running a five-part series on the possible terrorism-related implications of our lax border policy.
I haven't seen the video, but the report includes the following:
"These people that are coming up here, including the undocumented, are good people that are enriching our lives. We do need them," said Juan Hernandez, a dual national and Texas resident who formerly represented Mexicans...
Via Drudge comes this WashTimes report:
Illegal aliens using false Social Security numbers were able to enter and work as contract painters at a power plant in Florida, including work near one nuclear reactor.
Officials at Progress Energy, which runs the Crystal River Energy Complex in Citrus County, say they followed federal regulations and that the contractor should have better vetted its...
FBI Director Robert Mueller confirmed before Congress today what has long been known: that aliens from terrorist-sponsoring countries have come over the Mexican border. Story: "FBI warns of 'special interest' aliens"
Note that he drew the distinction between terrorists and those just from countries that sponsor terrorism; he said he wasn't aware of any terrorists infiltrating the U.S. via our...
The Sierra Vista Herald discusses illegal aliens using Fort Huachuca in far southern Arizona as a transit hub in "Lawmakers say they see immigration as an issue for fort, too":
State Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, said Friday that illegal immigrants being detained on Fort Huachuca is a problem for the Army...
Farnsworth said garrison commander Col.
"Hoosier jailed in Iraq conspiracy" has the details and a timeline. In brief, here's what Shaaban Hafiz Ahmad Ali Shaaban did or is accused of doing:
- went to Iraq and struck a deal with the Iraqi government to get $3 million dollars in exchange for the names of U.S. intelligence agents.
- fraudulently obtained an Indiana driver's license, complete with authority to transport hazardous materials...
In a sign that new Secretary of State Condi Rice is not yet ready to close the open-door visa policy for Saudis, consular chief Maura Harty was recently asked to say on indefinitely...
A controversial nominee to the post two and a half years ago, Ms. Harty swayed a reluctant Senate to confirm her by pledging substantial reform at the agency responsible for improperly issuing legal...
Arrested yard workers identified: Workers for a Northrop Grumman Newport News subcontractor face immigration charges.
The two employees of a Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard subcontractor who were arrested Friday were identified today as Sang Han Yang and Sang Bok Lee...
The shipyard, a sensitive site as the nation's only builder of nuclear aircraft carriers and one of two builders of...
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 - ...Intelligence that "strongly suggests" that Al Qaeda operatives have considered using the Mexican border as an entry point was cited in written testimony [before Congress on Wednesday] by Adm. James M. Loy, the deputy secretary of homeland security.
"Feared Latin gang touches region".
The region in question is Miami, and the gang in question is the one featured in "Eastie [Boston] gang linked to al-Qaeda" and mentioned in "Unholy Border Alliance", "Al-Qaida recruiting Central American gang members?", "And all
Fifteen presumed North Korean defectors who had settled in South Korea were arrested for trying to sneak into the U.S.
The Los Angeles-based Association of People From Five Northern Provinces said on Sunday it learned that 15 North Koreans were arrested by U.S. Border Patrol as they tried to smuggle themselves into the U.S. from Tijuana, Mexico.