Allen B. West

U.S. military confirms extremist infiltration on southern border

There’s so much angst about Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall on our southern border. Many have viewed this as racist and are now challenging Trump on his deportation tactics. What so many on the progressive socialist left seem to forget is that America is a sovereign nation — therefore it has borders to protect.

It is glaringly obvious there’s a faction in America, which does not embrace our existence as a Constitutional Republic. They feel anyone who wants to come into these United States…well, they just can. However, what these misguided chuckleheads fail to realize is this thing called ILLEGAL immigration is a multi-headed hydra. If uncontrolled it becomes an economic burden and affects our nation’s healthcare and education systems along with having adverse consequences for our domestic security by way to criminality. And lastly, it can have immense national security ramifications.

As the Washington Free Beacon reports, “Sunni extremists are infiltrating the United States with the help of alien smugglers in South America and are crossing U.S. borders with ease, according to a U.S. South Command intelligence report.

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The Command’s J-2 intelligence directorate reported recently in internal channels that “special interest aliens” are working with a known alien smuggling network in Latin America to reach the United States.

The smuggling network was not identified. Army Col. Lisa A. Garcia, a Southcom spokeswoman, did not address the intelligence report directly but said Sunni terrorist infiltration is a security concern.

“Networks that specialize in smuggling individuals from regions of terrorist concern, mainly from the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the Middle East, and East Africa, are indeed a concern for Southcom and other interagency security partners who support our country’s national security,” Garcia told the Washington Free Beacon.

“There are major hubs that serve as entry points into the region for migrants from those areas of concern attempting to enter the U.S. along our border with Mexico,” she said. The infiltrators from terrorist states and unstable regions exploit vulnerabilities in commercial transportation systems and immigration enforcement agencies in some of the countries used for transit, Garcia said.

“In 2015, we saw a total of 331,000 migrants enter the southwestern border between the U.S. and Mexico, of that we estimate more than 30,000 of those were from countries of terrorist concern,” she said. Another problem in dealing with migrants from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia is a lack of information among the governments of the countries used by potential terrorists for transit. The exploitation of alien smuggling networks by terrorists until recently had been dismissed by both American security officials and private security experts as largely an urban myth.

Years ago the leftists went apoplectic when I stated that not everyone was crossing our southern border to cut grass, build homes, or clean hotel rooms. As always, in the effort to obfuscate, deny, lie, and dismiss the issue, they are masters of deflection. However, it’s a serious issue and again, we have folks in positions of “leadership” who are incapable of dealing with the issue, namely Barack Obama and Jeh Johnson…supposedly our Secretary of Homeland Security.

We have, and will continue to have an issue with the collusion of what is termed Trans-National Criminal Organizations (TNCOs) and Islamic terror groups. And it isn’t just Sunni terrorists — Iran has an ever-growing footprint in Latin America thanks to direct flights from Tehran to Caracas, Venezuela.

Here is the major issue for the United States: the US Southern Command, headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida doesn’t have any organic combat troops assigned to it. When you consider the force deployed in our hemisphere, our southern underbelly, you’ll find it’s predominately the U.S. Coast Guard. Gone are the days of having a military base and a light infantry brigade of the U.S .Army in Panama — heck, we gave the canal away. Panama was the home to our Jungle Warfare center and school: no more. When I was assigned to the II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, we would deploy a small Company(+) sized element called a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) under the deployment name UNITAS. It was a small expeditionary force of about 250 Marines who sailed Latin America, mainly for host nation combined operations. At my last checking, we still did have a presence at Soto Cano AB in Honduras, which is mainly used for training and logistical support — but it does offer itself as a base of operations under Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B).

My point is that here we have a combatant command, USSOUTHCOM, which does not have assigned forces it can utilize to thwart the threats from the south. And if we know this, guess who also knows this? The enemy.

“The Southcom intelligence report revealed that the threat of Islamist terror infiltration is no longer theoretical. “This makes the case for Trump’s wall,” said one American security official of the Southcom report. “These guys are doing whatever they want to get in the country.” Adm. Kurt Tidd, Southcom’s commander, said last week that the lack of information is hampering security efforts against alien smuggling.

“An element that has been long recognized is that our ability to track people moving through transportation systems is an area that we must continue to devote efforts on, and the ease with which human traffickers are able to use our transportation systems to move people through the networks relatively undetected should give us all concern,” Tidd said.

Special interest aliens are described by the U.S. government as aliens who pose a potential terrorism threat coming from 34 nations in the Middle East, Africa, Southwest Asia, Central Asia, and East Asia. The list of states of concern includes Afghanistan, Iran, Kuwait, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Eritrea, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Malaysia.”

So much attention is given to the other geographic AORs (areas of responsibility) or combatant commands…folks are focused on USCENTCOM because it covers the Middle East and over to Afghanistan where we’re dealing with a plethora of Islamic jihadist groups, namely ISIS and the Taliban. Over in USPACOM which covers the Pacific Rim, the focus is on China and its incursion into the South China Sea. In the USEUCOM, European theater, all eyes are on Russia and its encroachment against Ukraine and threat to the Baltic States.

However, little to no attention is paid to USAFRICOM and USSOUTHCOM…where respectively the threats are from Islamic jihadists, China opening a base in Eritrea, and we now know of the threat emanating from the south. And in all of this we have a commander in chief more concerned about gender dysphoria and taxpayer-funded gender reassignment surgery.

If there’s one thing the collective array of enemies of this state realize, they have until January 20, 2017 to make their moves and get into position. The decision this nation makes on November 8, 2016 will determine the rate of their advance, and subsequent green light. America made a foolish decision back in November 2012 and set the stage for what we are experiencing at this moment: a declining global security situation. And to my dear beloved friends of the progressive socialist bent, that is not fear-mongering, it is the truth.

When Neville Chamberlain returned from the Munich Accords meeting with Adolf Hitler waving his little piece of paper proclaiming “peace in our time,” he drew the ire of one Sir Winston Churchill. It was Churchill who chided him stating, “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.”

And of course you know that old saying: “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” America, let us not repeat the mistake of 2012…which so very much resembles the mistakes of 1938.

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