A government report obtained by The Washington Times revealed that a Brazilian-based human smuggling network worked to bring terrorist-linked individuals from the Middle East into the United States through our southern border.
According to the report, the group would escort Palestinians, Pakistanis and a Taliban-linked Afghan man who was “involved in a plot to conduct an attack in the U.S. and/or Canada.”
While that man is now in custody, his name was withheld at the request of law enforcement for fear of interfering with the investigation.
The documents, which were originally acquired by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., claimed that the men would be handed off by the Brazilian-based group to Mexican handlers, who would try to get the men across our porous southern border.
Officials “have identified at least a dozen” men smuggled into the Western Hemisphere by the ring. While some of the men were caught before they reached the United States, others managed to get in.
The documents also revealed that a group of the men, led by Mexican handlers, made it under a border fence in Arizona and traveled up to 15 miles north of the border before being detected by surveillance.
When the Border Patrol was able to pick them up, they weren’t able to immediately identify the Afghan man’s terrorist ties at first due to the database they originally checked not containing his name. It wasn’t until they checked an FBI database that they found out he was linked to the Taliban.
“It’s disturbing, in so many ways,” said Joe Kasper, chief of staff for Rep. Hunter.
“The interdiction of this group … validates once again that the southern border is wide open to more than people looking to enter the U.S. illegally strictly for purposes of looking for work, as the administration wants us to believe. What’s worse, federal databases weren’t even synced and Border Patrol had no idea who they were arresting and the group was not considered a problem because none of them were considered a priority under the president’s enforcement protocol. That’s a major problem on its own, and it calls for DHS to figure out the problem — and fast.”
While the media laughed at Donald Trump when he said that terrorists were being smuggled over our southern border, it turns out that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was right all along.
Will the media report it this way? We’ll see, but that’s probably not the way to bet.
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