Radical Islam and the Southern Border Cross Express

The news today from Thomas Joscelyn about the Guantanamo detainee caught at the Mexican border got me thinking about the open access to our country via our southern cross and how this express entry has been used by suspicious persons in the past.

Farida Goolam Mahamed Ahmed, 48, of South Africa, is taken from the federal courthouse in Houston in this August 20 2004 file photo. (Brett Coomer, AP)

Border patrol agents picked up 77 Middle Eastern males in one month in June 2004 trying to cross into the US through Mexico:

Patrol agents told one Arizona newspaper that 77 males “of Middle Eastern descent” were apprehended in June in two separate incidents. All were trekking through the Chiricahua mountains and are believed to have been part of a larger group of illegal immigrants. Many were released pending immigration hearings. According to Solomon Ortiz, the Congressman for Corpus Christi in Texas, similar incidents are “happening all over the place. It’s very, very scary”.

The two groups of Arab males were discovered by patrol guards from Willcox, Arizona. “These guys didn’t speak Spanish,” said one field agent, “and they were speaking to each other in Arabic. It’s ridiculous that we don’t take this more seriously. We’re told not to say a thing to the media.” A colleague told the paper: “All the men had brand-new clothing and the exact same cut of moustache.” Local ranchers have also reported a rise in the sightings of large groups of young males.

Last month, border patrol agents at McAllen airport, Texas, arrested a woman believed to be Pakistani, who was carrying a false South African passport. The woman, Farida Ahmed, is still being questioned by the FBI. She was travelling to New York, and admitted to having illegally crossed the Mexican border. She was still carrying a pair of wet jeans in her travel bag.

On Septmber 27, 2004, Forty-eight-year-old Farida Goolam Mahomed Ahmed from South Africa pleaded guilty in Federal Court for illegally entering the US:

Forty-eight-year-old Farida Goolam Mahomed Ahmed of Johannesburg pleaded guilty to illegally entering the United States, making false statements to a federal agent and using an altered passport.

She faces up to six months in prison for illegally entering the country, up to five years for lying to a federal agent and up to 10 years for altering her passport.

Ahmed also faces deportation from the US after completing any prison sentence.

Border patrol agents at McAllen-Miller International Airport stopped Ahmed on July 19 as she was trying to board a plane to New York.

She carried a pair of muddy, wet pants in her baggage, about $7,300 in various currencies and a passport with three double-sided pages missing.

Border patrol agents determined Ahmed did not have a valid visa for entry into the country.

Flight itineraries she carried indicated Ahmed travelled from Johannesburg on July 8, via Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to London, then to Mexico City on or about July 14.

Ahmed passed easily through checkpoints because South Africans don’t need visas to travel in those countries.

She then crossed into the United States illegally by wading across the Rio Grande.

Islamic Terror suspects have been spotted in Central America in the past with fears that they were planning attacks in the US:

In July, 2004, Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez said a Saudi-born terror suspect sought by U.S. officials was spotted earlier this year at an Internet cafe in the Honduran capital before fleeing the country.

The man, Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, once lived in South Florida and is the subject of an FBI alert issued in 2003. The agency has asked law enforcement agencies and the public to be on the lookout for Shukrijumah on the grounds he may be plotting terrorist attacks against the United States or its interests abroad.

Michelle Malkin reported on the disappearance of Adnan Shukrijumah in 2004:

In October 2005, the number of illegal immigrants other than Mexican entering the US was up by 30% from the previous year:

The number of Other than Mexican or OTM apprehensions is up more than 30% from this time last year, and that’s causing logistical and financial problems for the U.S. Government.

Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector have caught roughly 376,000 illegal entrants since last October 1st, which is the start of the 2005 fiscal year. About 9,400 of them are from countries other than Mexico.

“Out of the 9,400, approximately 8,000 have been from Central American countries,” says Border Patrol Agent Jose Garza.

…In the previous year, Border Patrol agents had apprehended hundreds of illegal immigrants from “countries of interest” as well…usually Muslim nations.

Missouri Senator Jim Talent introduced a comprehensive border security bill that does not include amnesty.

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