Our southern border’s being used not only by illegal aliens but by foreign operatives, too. Agent’s stopped 31-year-old Iraqi man while illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border on February 12, 2015.
Ahmed Adnan Taha Al Khafaji told authorities that he spoke fluent Russian, lived in Crimea before the Russian invasion and had a brother in New York City. He also said that a Ukrainian paid $4,000 for him to get to the U.S., however, he refused to identify the Ukrainian.
A public statement provided by Border Patrol at the time of the man’s apprehension stated, “On Thursday, February 12, 2015, RGV (Rio Grande Valley) Border Patrol Agents encountered an adult Middle Eastern male south of Pharr, Texas. The subject was taken into custody and transported to the Border Patrol station for further processing. The subject was setup for Expedited Removal back to his country of origin and transferred to the custody of ICE/ERO.”
The agent responsible for interviewing him expressed concerns that was a Russian operative. A spokesman for the Rio Grande Valley Sector responded, “All record checks were conducted, our federal partners did interview the subject with no derogatory information being found.”
Worse yet, this isn’t the first time this has happened.
Ten terror suspects with affiliations to ISIL, al-Shabab and Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya got caught in September 2014 crossing into Texas. The men flew from the Middle East to Mexico, where they paid a smuggler to take them across the border, then on to New York City when captured.
The Department of Homeland Security released a statement denying they were terrorists:
“The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground. DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.”
Note that jus’ because Border Patrol processes a person that doesn’t mean Immigration and Customs Enforcement actually deports them. Meanwhile, only four in ten people crossing the border illegally get caught, so there’s no telling how many foreign operatives and terrorists have found their way into the U.S.