The Christmas Quintet: Another Border Blunder
You`ve seen their mugs
plastered on TV: Abid Noraiz Ali, 25; Mustafa Khan
Owasi, 33; Iftikhar Khozmai Ali, 21; Adil Pervez, 19 and
Akbar Jamal, 28.
According to intelligence sources, these five Middle
Eastern or South Asian men are illegal aliens who
recently snuck into America from Canada. They are
allegedly part of a much larger group of invaders wanted
by the FBI for questioning. Law enforcement agencies
want the public`s help to track them down, but both U.S.
and Canadian officials are refusing to tell us exactly
how and where they might have entered.
So how did the Christmas quintet get in? Here`s my
The journey begins in Pakistan, the operations
base for an international smuggling ring that exploits
one of Canada`s most notoriously insecure documents—the
IMM 1000 immigration form. These forms, the Canadian
equivalent of U.S. green cards for legal permanent
residents, contain no photos. Just the name and age of
the holders. The smugglers buy genuine IMM 1000 forms
immigrants in Canada, then illegally peddle them in
Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Using false identities and bogus passports along
with their IMM 1000 documents, the invaders board planes
in Pakistan, transit through Dubai, travel through
Britain or another
European country, and touch down at a Canadian air
port of entry in Montreal, Vancouver, or at Toronto`s
Pearson International Airport.
Even if they land without documents, the smugglees
can simply claim
refugee status and be automatically released. Barely
a month after the September 11 terrorist attacks,
Pearson airport officials allowed
50 Pakistanis and Afghanistanis to invoke the magic
“r-word” and walk free. More than a year later,
nothing has changed.
From Canada, the invaders can waltz across our
northern border. On the West Coast, they`ll pass
orange rubber cones that substitute for Border
Patrol agents and flimsy signs that
ask them to check in at the nearest inspection
station. Or they may walk in full view of the useless,
broken cameras installed by International Microwave
Corporation under a $200 million federal contract. Or
they`ll be apprehended—only to be “caught and released”
by agents who don`t have access to terrorist databases
and who are under orders not to clog up detention space
with” harmless” border-crossers.
In remote areas along the northern border with
Minnesota and Michigan, the invaders can stuff
themselves in cars owned by special permit holders who
are allowed to drive from Canada into the U.S. and avoid
official ports of entry. The program is called
CANPASS; the motto is “Saving you time at the
On the East Coast, the invaders can follow the
route of countless other illegal aliens across the St.
Lawrence River and through the
St. Regis Mohawk reservation at Akwesasne, New York.
The reservation has been a hotspot for criminal alien
smugglers assisted by
tribal members. Immigration officials estimate that
between 300 and 500 illegal aliens a month have entered
the U.S. through the reservation in recent years. One
Charlie Little Tree, estimated that between 1,000
and 8,000 tribal members currently on the reserve are
involved in the alien smuggling trade.
From the reservation, invaders are packed in vans
and driven through the backroads of the Adirondack
Mountains before pulling onto the Thruway and straight
into Manhattan to
“do the jobs no one else wants to do.”
Canada`s Immigration Department was
warned of the Pakistani smuggling ring and its roots
in Montreal and Cornwall by former immigration officer
Valeriu Diaconescu last fall, but the agency did
nothing. Thanks to the inaction of liberal Citizenship
and Immigration minister Denis Coderre, “terrorist
networks may be using these forged forms to smuggle
people into Canada,” noted Canadian Alliance MP
last spring. “Will it take a terrorist attack
here in this country before the minister starts to act?"
As the continuing failure of America`s immigration
officials to stop the invasion from the north shows,
even that is not enough.
Michelle Malkin is author of
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