Allen B. West

Nearly 10,000 aliens from terror-linked states apprehended at border in FY2013

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The government’s Fiscal Year 2014 has ended, but there is a very interesting statistic from Fiscal Year 2013. As reported by CNS News, “Some 9,862 aliens apprehended by agencies falling under the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal year 2013 came from 15 countries that are either state sponsors of terrorism, considered terrorist safe havens or have otherwise been associated with terrorism in recent years.”

“The vast majority of these came from three countries in the Western Hemisphere – Cuba (2,809 apprehensions), Venezuela (2,712) and Colombia (1,987), according to newly-released DHS Office of Immigration Statistics data. Cuba is one of four U.S.-designated state sponsor of terrorism, while Venezuela and Colombia are deemed terrorist safe havens.”

Now of course I can hear it already, “what difference at this point does it make?” Well, it makes a huge difference, especially when you have folks like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid telling us that the border has never been more secure. Too many of the “open borders” lobby are trying to makes us complacent by attacking our compassion. What they fail to realize — or perhaps they do — is that first and foremost, a border left unsecured is a national security threat, especially in this threat environment.

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And as this former border patrol agent says, this is just the tip of the iceberg. These are only the numbers of folks apprehended. We don’t get them all. He says the surge of illegals across our border has the hallmarks of “asymmetrical warfare.” When you consider the mystery illness spreading across the nation, it doesn’t sound so far-fetched.

Many people focus their attention on the subject of terrorism into the Middle East. However, the latest State Department annual report on terrorism cites “credible reports that Venezuela maintained an environment that allowed for fundraising activities that benefited known terrorist groups. Individuals linked to Hezbollah as well as [left-wing Colombian terrorist groups] FARC and ELN members were present in Venezuela.”

The other countries making up the 2013 numbers are somewhat surprising. Nigeria accounts for the next biggest nationality of apprehended aliens among countries where terrorism poses a serious problem, with 492 apprehensions, followed by Pakistan with 334. As CNS says, “Nigeria is home to the notorious Boko Haram terrorist group, while a myriad of Islamist terrorist groups are located in Pakistan, especially in the tribal areas, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (formerly the North-West Frontier Province) and Balochistan. Among them are groups that have declared the United States to be their enemy, including al-Qaida, the Taliban, the Haqqani network, Laskhar e-Toiba and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.”

“Next among terror-linked countries are Saudi Arabia (264), followed by Iran (257), Lebanon (230), Somalia (214), Iraq (169), Sudan (168), Syria (72), Afghanistan (70), Yemen (68) and Libya (16).” These individuals fall under the Border Patrol category of OTMs (Other than Mexicans). I just have to ask, shouldn’t we be holding a hearing on this immediately on behalf of Americans to get resolution on where these individuals are? Furthermore, we should know what corrections have been made to preclude these numbers from increasing – I certainly pray that the Fiscal Year 2014 numbers won’t be higher.


Just as a reminder, Lebanon is home of Hezbollah. Somalia is home to Al Shabab. Yemen is home to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Ansar al-Sharia is in Libya. And President Obama is giving speeches blaming Fox News on his failures. Where are these 9,862 individuals? The Office of Immigration Statistics’ annual report shows that the DHS apprehended approximately 662,000 aliens in Fiscal Year 2013, 64 percent of them Mexican citizens — what about the 36 percent?

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