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?

The Bush
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
with

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
borders.

More than

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.

Tajirian`s
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.

All told,
law enforcement officials believe Tajirian and his
Mexican collaborator,

Angel Molina
may
have smuggled more than 1,000

Middle Eastern aliens across the southwest frontier
.
The whereabouts of many of the smugglees remains
unknown.

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

recently noted:

"Should Saddam
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
immigrants into

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.

Just last
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
person.

These Iraqi
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
place today.

"There is
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.

Meanwhile,
the Immigration and Naturalization Service is busy
building

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

“earned legalization.”

Our border insanity continues.


Michelle Malkin is author of


Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores
.

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here

for Peter Brimelow`s review.

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here

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