Unguarded Gates–The Iraqi Infiltration
How many of
Saddam Hussein`s sleeper terrorists
are waiting dormant in the U.S. to retaliate against
us when the War on Iraq begins?
administration has begun to monitor Iraqis inside our
country to identify potential
domestic terrorist threats posed by sympathizers of
the Baghdad regime, according to the
New York Times.
But while the new intelligence program is
tracking thousands of Iraqi citizens and Iraqi-Americans
dual citizenship who are attending our universities
or working at private corporations, there is no
indication of what federal authorities are doing to
locate the untold numbers of
illegal aliens from Iraq who have streamed across our open
115,000 people from Iraq and other Middle Eastern
countries are here illegally. Some
6,000 Middle Eastern men who have defied deportation
orders remain on the loose. And an international crime
ring, led by Iraqi native George Tajirian, demonstrates
the scope of the alarming problem of
potential terrorists pressing at our southern gate.
ring guided aliens from all over the world into the
United States—usually across the Rio Grande or through
El Paso, Texas checkpoints—and arranged
transportation and lodging for them once inside.
According to federal prosecutors, Tajirian charged up to
$15,000 a head—chump change for
deep-pocketed terrorist enterprises. During
Tajirian`s trial, which resulted in a 13-year prison
sentence, prosecutors introduced evidence that Tajirian
was responsible for smuggling individuals with known
ties to subversive or terrorist organizations as well as
individuals with known criminal histories.
law enforcement officials believe Tajirian and his
Angel Molina may
have smuggled more than 1,000
Middle Eastern aliens across the southwest frontier.
The whereabouts of many of the smugglees remains
So far, Hussein and his
Iraqi henchmen have refrained from direct, conventional
terrorist attacks on American soil. But as Central
Intelligence Agency Deputy Director John McLaughlin
conclude that a U.S.-led attack could no longer be
deterred, he probably would become much less constrained
in adopting terrorist actions. Such terrorism might
involve conventional means, as with Iraq`s unsuccessful
attempt at a terrorist offensive in 1991, or
[conventional biological weapons]."
And yet, our
borders remain wide open to infiltrators who may be
toting more than suntan lotion and disposable cameras in
their luggage. Among the few smugglers who have been
caught in the past year:
In late May 2002, federal
agents arrested two Egyptian nationals for
allegedly trying to smuggle illegal Middle Eastern
New Jersey by way of Mexico. For a fee of $8,000,
court documents say, the suspected smuggling ring flew
customers on tourist visas to Brazil, then sent them to
Guatemala, through Mexico, and finally across the
southwest border into America.
month, a Washington, D.C., jury convicted
Mohammed Hussein Assadi of smuggling Iraqis into the
United States through Cali, Colombia, Ecuador, and other
locations in South America. Assadi supplied illegal
alien Iraqis with stolen and
altered European passports and round-trip airline
tickets to the U.S. in exchange for up to $8,000 per
smugglees purchased documents at a commercial vendor in
Northern Iraq called the
“Market of Passports,” which they used to travel
through Turkey and Ecuador into Colombia. According to a
statement from the U.S. attorney`s office, Assadi
instructed the aliens to destroy the fraudulent
passports and tickets while en route to America and to
surrender to U.S. immigration authorities without
disclosing their true place of origin. The scheme relied
on smug knowledge of our government`s
“catch and release” policy for illegal aliens who
are freed pending
deportation proceedings—a policy that remains in
simply no way to know all those who illegally entered
the United States through this defendant`s efforts,"
Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Ingersoll stated in a
memorandum to the court.
the Immigration and Naturalization Service is busy
light beacons and water stations for illegal aliens
from around the world penetrating our country from the
south, and the Bush White House is preparing to reward
illegal border-crossers from Mexico with
Our border insanity continues.
Michelle Malkin is author of
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