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Trump admits again his travel ban endangered the USA - 06/26/17

The Supreme Court is temporarily allowing parts of Trump's travel/Muslim ban to continue. In response, the Donald Trump administration has released a statement including an unwitting admission that Trump's actions made the USA less safe:

Trump's "Last night in Sweden": is he lying or confused? - 02/19/17

Kremlinology is about determining what rational actors are doing. Trumpology is about determining what a crazy or thinks-he's-crazy-like-a-fox actor is doing. The latest example occurred at Donald Trump's rally in Melbourne, Florida yesterday where he said, among a great many other things, this:

CIS unwittingly shows how Trump's travel ban won't work ("72 Terrorists" study) - 02/12/17

Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies offers "Study Reveals 72 Terrorists Came From Countries Covered by Trump Vetting Order" [1]. Her goal is to show that Donald Trump's travel ban (or Muslim ban) will help keep the U.S. safe.

Donald Trump's anti-terrorism speech: a new, just as dumb ban and more - 06/13/16

[UPDATES BELOW] Donald Trump has released a rambling anti-terrorism speech [1]. A few points so far based on these parts: We have an incompetent administration, and if I am not elected President, that will not change over the next four years -- but it must change, and it must change now...

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:

Janet Napolitano admits terrorists cross U.S.-Mexico border "from time to time" - 08/01/12

The video below shows Rep Ron Barber (Democratic Party of Arizona) asking Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security if it's true that there's "material evi

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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: U.S.

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...

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