DALLAS, TX- A recent apprehension of three identified al-Qaeda members in Dallas, Texas, have proved when again that greater examination toward migration practices is critical in keeping the United States safe.
Authorities detained 3 Syrian nationals that handled to gain entry in the U.S. from Columbia by using falsified passports, according to the Colombian news firm RCN.
From what the news firm reported, the three males captured were identified as Al Raefee, Tuameh Tuameh, and Al Harari Al Harari.
3 #AlQaeda members gotten Colombian passports to go into the United States. The American Embassy identified them when they made an application for US visas. They got in Colombia through La Guajira and allegedly originated from Venezuela #Breaking #Terrorism pic.twitter.com/b4czaf6pnn
— Luis Carlos Vélez (@lcvelez) January 23, 2020
The men were reported as being in custody with charges to follow concerning membership to a terrorist organization.
Preliminary details allege that the guys entered Columbia through Venezuela, where they then got Colombian residency documentation, a government recognition card, and a Colombian passport through illegal means.
# 23Ene 3 Terroristas sirios de Al Qaeda ingresaron a Colombia provenientes de Venezuela.
Fueron detenidos en EEUU cuando buscaban ingresar a Dallas con pasaportes de Colombia. Previamente, habían logrado entrar a ese país provenientes de Venezuela. https://t.co/dvZssVIb16
— Maibort Petit (@maibortpetit) January 23, 2020
On Twitter, Journalist Luis Carlos Vélez launched images of the three guys’s faulty passports. On the post, it was kept in mind that the trio supposedly crossed into Columbia by methods of the La Guajira border crossing with Venezuela.
At this time there’s no information as to how the males had actually gained entry into Venezuela, nor how long they stayed there prior to getting here from Syria.
Obviously, Vélez stated that the U.S. embassy identified the men detained as al-Qaeda terrorists when they remained in the works of attempting to procure visas, which is a little at odds with the RCN report detailing they were detained in Dallas, Texas.
In order to board a flight into the United States from Columbia, you would already need to have actually obtained a visa as that’s been in effect because April of 2001. Therefore, if taking a trip by air they would have already been given visas, however there’s a possibility that they entered the country through other ways too.
No matter the males’s methods of entry into the nation, reports distributing concur that there were concerns when American authorities examined the Syrian’s passports. According to RCN, none of the 3 passports carried identification numbers that aligned with the noted birthdates noted.
All Columbian passports designate numbers pertinent to a person’s birthdate when they are provided. The youngest of the three males apprehended was 45-years-old, yet the recognition number indicated that he would have been closer to the age of 25. The three passports revealed that they were all produced on the exact same day, all of which had a stamp of “La Guajira,” which is the Columbian state that surrounds Venezuela.
Based upon the abovementioned, it’s thought that all three gotten entry into Columbia through Venezuela. Another curious aspect about the phony files was that all males were reportedly born in Cartagena, Colombia.
It was reported that officials in Columbia had the ability to trace the falsified documents back to an illegal network within the country who are well-known for producing high-quality fake identity documentation.
The group linked to the forgeries have actually been enabling lawbreakers to avoid arrest by method of these documents being produced. While news outlet RCN failed to supply citations from any government officials admitting the existence of the prohibited network behind the travel documents, they did state that the entity has actually helped over 1,200 foreign residents.
The short article kept in mind that faux Columbian files have been supplied to the likes of Cubans, Afghans, Israelis, Iraqis, Chinese, Vietnamese, Africans, and Ecuadorians.
What makes the possibility of the 3 men detained arriving from Venezuela prior to Columbia problematic is that Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro has actually declared ties with jihadist groups.
While Maduro is usually painted as more of an ally to Hezbollah instead of al-Qaeda, the 2 terrorist companies have actually teamed up when targeting the United States.
One of the most notable joint endeavors in between the two factions was their efforts that resulted in the attacks on September 11th, 2001. While the three Syrian guys are reportedly in custody, their simple existence in the United States is a serious cause for alarm.
Remember, on September 11, 2001, 19 guys pirated 4 planes and orchestrated one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. Four of those terrorists pertained to the United States on visas and then remained after the expiration.
There was no precise approach for tracking overstays or their whereabouts. Nearly twenty years after terrorists exploited the U.S. government’s insufficient, more than 700,000 immigrants with expired visas stay at big in the nation.
The most recent government figures, as reported by the Government Accountability Workplace (GAO), program in 2017.
It has actually been practically 18 years since that horrific event and the federal government still hasn’t found a method to properly and properly track visa over stayers. According to a Judicial Watch report, they obtained Department of Homeland Security (DHS) figures in 2015 showing that 527,127 foreigners with ended visas remained in the country.
( Flicker– 9/11 Pictures)Thousands of those are from nations with links to terrorism. Per that report, the breakdown is: 1,435 from Pakistan, 681 from Iraq,
564 from Iran, 440 from Syria, 219 from Yemen, 219 from Afghanistan and 56 from Libya. Following the 9/11 attack, Congress developed the U.S. Visitor and Immigration Status Sign Technology system to track the entry and exit of foreign nationals by utilizing electronically scanned fingerprints and photographs. Five years and $1 billion later, it still has serious defects.
The GAO has because released a report that said nearly half of the country’s immigrants who are no longer here lawfully, got in the U.S. legally and overstayed their visas undetected.
As mentioned by Judicial Watch:
In the years that followed the federal government did little to improve what has actually established into an alarming national security catastrophe.
In 2011 yet another federal auditconfirmed that the U.S. had lost track of millions who overstayed their visas and two years later the crisis intensified when DHS misplaced 266 hazardous foreigners with expired visas.
The government determined that they “might present a national security or public security concerns,” according to the director of Homeland Security and Justice at the GAO.
You read the properly. The Department of Homeland Security lost track of 266 unsafe immigrants with ended visas.
The current GAO report that about 52.7 million nonimmigrant admissions to the U.S. through air or sea ports of entry were supposed to leave in 2017.
Part of the issue is that DHS relies on third-party departure information. This includes industrial provider passenger manifests. In other words, the government is depending upon airline companies and cruise liner to help it enforce visa offenses.
Now, to make matters worse, we have governmental prospects like Elizabeth Warren who prepare to legalize incorrect border crossings and visa overstays.
Liz Warren called the entire criminal justice system racist’from front to back.’ (Wikipedia Commons)Last summertime, she and other Democrat prospects for president introduced plans to legalize immigration, welcome more refugees and focus enforcement on only security dangers. Her open borders approach remains in stark contrast to the stance taken by the Trump administration.
Warren, a Massachusetts senator, said the Trump administration’s severe treatment of migrants, to include separating undocumented children and parents at the border, is based upon a law referred to as Section 1325.
It permits criminal charges for illegally getting in the U.S. or going into lawfully and overstaying a visa. Warren desires to reverse the provision and indicated that she would use executive power to reduce its enforcement as president.
“We must reverse this criminal prohibition to avoid future abuse,” Warren wrote in a Medium.com post.
She promised that as president she would:
“immediately provide guidance to end criminal prosecutions for basic administrative immigration infractions” and “refocus our minimal resources on real crooks and real risks.”
To translate: Warren– and other Democrats running for president– want to permit anyone who desires to walk into this country to do so with no consequences. She wishes to offer free admission to anyone and everyone. Considered that she favors free healthcare for those not here lawfully, her strategy could get extremely pricey.
This plan can be found in conjunction with President Trump’s statement that he will take executive action on the 2020 U.S. Census to include a citizenship question in the population count.
There are likewise credible signs that mass arrests of thousands of undocumented people are anticipated to begin Sunday, assuming sanctuary advocates don’t tip them all off first.
Warren, like most of other Democratic hopefuls, refuses to grasp the principle that making an illegal action legal doesn’t make the inherent problems go away.
Among the other elements that she can not understand, the senator is simply one of the crowd when it pertains to implicating the existing administration of atrocities that were really perpetrated in the Obama years.
Obama’s migration imperfections regardless of, Warren stated she would create a Justice Department task force to investigate what she described as criminal abuses of immigrants by Trump administration officials.
An excerpt from Bloomberg News states:
“In his 2016 project, Trump mobilized citizens with an anti-immigration message focused on constructing a wall and getting rid of undocumented individuals, successfully capitalizing on complaints about demographic and cultural modifications that have made the U.S. more varied. Warren’s strategy makes sure to amplify the president’s claim that Democrats are accepting an “open borders” migration policy– many of her rivals have not gone as far.”
Warren’s plan is merely political pandering. It is intended at a growing pro-immigration constituency in the Democratic Party, the Latino community particularly.
“Immigrants have actually always been a crucial source of American strength. They grow our economy and make our neighborhoods richer and more diverse. They are our next-door neighbors, our coworkers, and our buddies,” Warren wrote. “President Trump sees things differently. He’s advanced a policy of ruthlessness and division that demonizes immigrants.”
Warren is requiring the banning of private detention facilities and restricting detentions to individuals who position a security or flight threat, who might be tracked and kept track of with innovation. She desires to end ‘warrantless’ arrests and rather concentrate on smuggling, trafficking and finding counterfeit items.
So, Warren’s plan does not fix the issues with the current issues of tracking visa overstays, it legalizes them. Not only will there be absolutely no incentive under her plan for migrants to come into the nation, there will be no incentive for them to stay on the abiding side of the law once they are here.
This all comes at a time when we need to be much better securing our country … not welcoming in attacks.
On Saturday, a previous Trick Service, CIA officer provided a warning to authorities: Prepare for Iran sleeper cells to strike rural America.
In the wake of growing tensions in the Middle East, the United States has actually made an intentional strike versus the most respected state sponsor of terrorism.
The killing of Iran’s Quds Force General, Qassem Soleimani, has stimulated much dispute throughout the aisle of whether or not this action is an act of war by President Trump.
Regardless of where you stand, the act of terrorism has increased for months before the United States response. The question is, is America prepared for attacks in the homeland?
As a nation, we have been blinded by the possibility of a concentrated attack on US soil and many Americans, including our political leaders, have forgotten the grim reality of 9/11 and not offered our foes the respect they are worthy of.
We have permitted our guard to be lowered with arguments of human rights for open borders, disregarding risks on social networks and handcuffing the hands of our police officers to secure and serve.
Art Del Cueto, the Vice President of the National Border Patrol Union and President of the Arizona Border Patrol Union, discussed it today:
“We require to take protecting our nation’s borders extremely severe. With the huge rise in individuals claiming asylum, we truthfully don’t understand sufficient about those individuals past, much less their true objectives. Drug cartels are the ones that control our southern borders and they do not care about human lives, it’s everything about the cash,” he said.
Del Cueto rightfully explained that the border opens us up to terrorists walking right into America.
“They would have no problem making handle terrorist organizations to guarantee safe passage into our nation,” he explained.
Intelligence has revealed that Iran has embedded terrorist sleeper cells within the United States and was shown right with the prosecution and conviction of Hezbollah operative Ali Kourani and Samer el-Debek in New York City.
The brand-new argument is not a matter of if an attack will take place, it refers when and where.
The act of terrorism is instilling fear within your enemy with the goal of producing mass turmoil among individuals in order to gain leverage and compromise the will to eliminate back. As the administration increases our abroad existence to stand against this terrorist state, we require to do the same here at home.
Targets are selected through a calculated requirements with the ultimate objective of developing as much physical and psychological destruction as possible to acquire the greatest headline.
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Standard target cities like New York City, LA and DC are always on the radar, however with continuous threats to those places, have actually ended up being harder to perform a successful project. Softer targets in the country seem more perfect for a successful operation.
First responders in smaller cities require to be prepared with the reality that they are on the radar with areas such as shopping centers, instructional organizations, and occasion centers being prime targets with the considerable quantity of individuals gathering together.
Due diligence of preparation requires to extend from Wall Street to Main Street; for the Iranian terrorist regime, nothing is off the table.
We must take it upon ourselves as Americans to become harder targets. We need to throw out the traditional fear of being socially and political correctness with determining unusual activities and reporting it to the regional authorities.
We require to secure our border to decrease the amount of possible terrorists from getting in. We need to comprehend that our federal government has failed us in protecting our homeland and require our politicians to protect our borders.
We need to stand together to combat this opponent and comprehend that this war is not about political intentions or social-economical righteousness.
This war is deep rooted in cultural religious views between extreme Islam and the western world, with the United States being the biggest foe against their movement. Peace is constantly the goal in every society, however peace can not be achieved by turning a blind eye to the threat and hoping it will go away.
Peace originates from facing our adversaries and standing strong together, concentrated.
Editor note: Anthony Sabio is a 25 year veteran of civil service in the U.S. Marine Corp Unique Operations, United States Secret Service and the Central Intelligence Company, is a highly recognized expert in intelligence and security policy.
After spending a decade as a CIA officer with multiple trips in conflict zones directing and carrying out counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and counterintelligence operations, he left federal government service to share his competence and technical suggestions to security companies and media.
Mr. Sabio is a well-known visitor speaker at multiple security events and carries out as a material advisor on world-wide security issues.
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