Washington Free Beacon: Smugglers Assisting Sunni Militants With Infiltrating U.S. Through Southern Border070312-A-6950H-002:
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Sunni extremists are receiving help from alien smugglers to cross the Mexican border and illegally enter the United States. The information, which was obtained by the WFP after it was reported in a U.S. South Command intelligence report by the Command’s J-2 intelligence directorate, was sent through internal channels in the command.
The report says that “special interest aliens” (defined by the U.S. government as those who pose potential terrorism threats from a large number of Nations from the Middle East, Africa, Southwest Asia, Central Asia, and East Asia) are being assisted by a smuggling network in Latin America known to authorities though the specific network was not identified.
The WFB spoke with Army Col. Lisa A. Garcia, a Southcom spokeswoman, who said “Networks that specialize in smuggling individuals from regions of terrorist concern, mainly from the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the Middle East, and East Africa, are indeed a concern for Southcom and other interagency security partners who support our country’s national security.”
She continued, “There are major hubs that serve as entry points into the region for migrants from those areas of concern attempting to enter the U.S. along our border with Mexico.” Also stating that, “The infiltrators from terrorist states and unstable regions exploit vulnerabilities in commercial transportation systems and immigration enforcement agencies in some of the countries used for transit.”
“In 2015, we saw a total of 331,000 migrants enter the southwestern border between the U.S. and Mexico, of that we estimate more than 30,000 of those were from countries of terrorist concern,” she said.
While the WFB reports that the idea that terrorists were exploiting Latin American smugglers was once believed to be a myth, the latest developments reveal otherwise.
“An element that has been long recognized is that our ability to track people moving through transportation systems is an area that we must continue to devote efforts on, and the ease with which human traffickers are able to use our transportation systems to move people through the networks relatively undetected should give us all concern,” Adm. Kurt Tidd, Southcom’s commander said.
An American Security official on the Southcom report stated, “This makes the case for Trump’s wall. These guys are doing whatever they want to get in the country.”
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has made the Southern Border a core issue on his campaign trail. Trump, who has gained traction and support from advocating for a wall and increased monitoring between the U.S. and Mexico to enhance national security, laid out his three core principles pertaining to the wall on the Trump/Pence Campaign website:
1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.
2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.
3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.
Such revelations arguably help the Trump campaign as citizens release more and more the true danger and threats terrorist militants pose when attacking the U.S. from within.