The Southern Border Wall that President Trump is advocating for is really important. Here’s one HUGE reason why…
We all know about the desperate people that are doing anything that they can to make a better life for themselves and their families in the United States. But there’s another reason that it’s important to know who comes in and out of the country — leaving the border unsecured means leaving it open for terrorists to come across.
Leftists continued to mock President Trump for saying that terrorists could cross the southern border into the United States. In December 2018, the Center for Immigration Studies sent Senior National Security Fellow, Todd Bensman, to Panama and Costa Rica to investigate the claim that suspected terrorists are making the trek to cross into the United States at the southern border.
In an article published in The Federalist, Bensman reveals his findings.
Golfito, Costa Rica — It was here in March 2017, at the main aluminum structure of a government migrant camp, that federal Costa Rican police arrested Ibrahim Qoordheen of Somalia as a suspected al Shabaab terrorist operative on his way to the U.S. southern border.
Qoordheen had been smuggled from Zambia to Brazil, passed through Panama, and was making his way north through Costa Rica when the Americans had him arrested here, 20 miles inside Costa Rica, according to an American intelligence official with knowledge of the case who spoke on condition of anonymity. The Golfito camp, with a capacity of 250, was set up as a two-day rest station for South America-exiting migrants whom the governments of Panama and Costa Rica register and help move through northward to Nicaragua.
Fortunately, Quoordheen was stopped and arrangements were made to have him deported to Zambia.
The American public was never told that Qoordheen and other suspected terrorists were pulled off U.S.-bound migrant routes in distant Costa Rica and Panama because such information is usually classified or not disclosable, in line with standard practice to protect ongoing investigations and operations.
Bensman says that the classified information has led to denialism from those that don’t want to build any sort of physical barrier in order to secure the border.
American, Panamanian, and Costa Rican law enforcement and intelligence officials are engaged in actual programs here to hunt, investigate, and deport real terrorist suspects who are, in fact, discovered among the thousands of migrants from the Middle East, Horn of Africa, and South Asia funneling through this section of Latin America—as President Trump said and as I saw and heard on the ground.
If you dig, you can find that there are cases where individuals with ‘suspected ties to terrorist organizations’ have been stopped before entering the United States.
A December 19 Immigration and Customs Enforcement statement, for instance, announced the deportation of U.S.-convicted Brazil-based smuggler Sharafat Ali Khan after time served for transporting at least 100 aliens from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh through South and Central America to the United States. The statement offered this nugget, with the usual lack of elaboration: “Several of the individuals smuggled by Khan’s organization had suspected ties to terrorist organizations.”
The new statement seems to comport with earlier reporting by The Washington Times that one of these individuals was an Afghan involved in a plot to attack in the United States or Canada and had family ties to members of the Taliban.
Also in December 2018, an INTERPOL statement announcing the arrests of 49 human smugglers in the multi-nation “Operation Andes,” networks that funneled migrants from places like the Middle East into Panama and out of Costa Rica en route to the U.S. border, said four arrestees were linked to fraud, homicide, “and terrorism.”
The Center for Immigration Studies has issued a report called, ‘Have Terrorists Crossed Our Border?’ which states that over 100 individuals caught at the southern border or en-route were on a U.S. terror watch list between 2012 and 2017.
One of those migrants managed to cross to California from Mexico and then into Canada, committed two vehicle ramming attacks in Edmonton, Alberta while flying an ISIS flag.
Why are people on terror watch lists heading to South America to come to the United States? It’s because they receive aid from some governments and are assisted in their quest to enter the United States.
“There is a thing the world does not see, and it is the work we do,” said a ranking Panamanian military commander who spoke on condition of anonymity. “No other country, or, I believe, any country in all of Latin America, does what Panama does. And that is to receive [foreign citizens], to aid them, give them medication and to organize them” for transport to Costa Rica. Asked if terrorists may be placed on this human conveyer belt, the officer offered, with a knowing chuckle, “Maybe!”
Several Panamanian national Assembly members explained how the policy works in the interests of both Panama and most of the migrants. For Panama, they said, the policy removes the cost burdens of interdicting, detaining, processessing legal asylum claims, and deportation. It also protects migrants from smugglers while exploiting what most want: to reach America.
“Panama is like a bridge or a passway to another country,” said Juan Carlos Arrango, of the ruling coalition Panamanian Popular Party. “Wherever they come from, by boat, plane, or walking through the Darien jungle, they’re very vocal in saying, ‘We don’t want to stay in Panama. We want to pass through, to the north.” So, Arrango said, the government is happy to see to that.
And we have a Democratic Party that wanted to abolish ICE, is standing firm on not securing the border with a wall, and denied that any of this was happening.
The problem with these ‘migrants’ is that there is no way to verify who they really are. Many don’t even have identification.
Let no one ever again say that migrants from countries of terror concern, to include the Middle East, aren’t moving in significant numbers through Latin America to the U.S. border, or that the risk of terrorists or those predisposed toward terrorism would mix with this traffic. American homeland security certainly believes so, due in no small part to the discovery of terrorist suspects in this flow.
In both Panama and Costa Rica, I observed hundreds of mostly young male migrants from countries of terrorism concern, of often unverifiable identity and backgrounds, traveling toward the U.S. border. I photographed and spoke to them. Some told me they were from Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Eritrea. I interviewed an Iranian, an Iraqi, a Pakistani, and a Bangladeshi. Some of their interviews are posted here for all to see.
Source: The Federalist
In case anyone was still wondering — this is why we need to secure the border.
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