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Migrants from Terrorist Nations Try to Enter U.S. Via Mexico at Record Rates—300% Hike in Bangladeshis in Texas Alone

By Tom Fitton

Federal agents along the southern border routinely encounter individuals from terrorist nations and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) considers them one of the top threats to the United States, according to a congressional report made public this month. Titled “Stopping Terrorist Travel Through Illicit Pathways to the Homeland,” the document outlines the findings of a lengthy investigation involving Special Interest Aliens (SIA) by the House Homeland Security Committee.

SIA’s are individuals from countries outside the western hemisphere—mostly the Middle East, Asia and Africa—that pose a national security risk to the U.S. In Laredo, Texas alone there was an astounding 300% increase in immigrants from Bangladesh, a south Asian Islamic country well known as a recruiting ground for terrorist groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).

Congressional investigators found that the number of SIAs flowing north via Latin America has increased tremendously in the last few years thanks to established Transitional Criminal Organizations (TCO) that facilitate travel along drug and migrant smuggling routes. “On a recent Committee staff delegation trip to Latin America, Panamanian officials communicated to Committee staff that tens of thousands of SIAs have entered Panama since 2014,” the report states. “Colombian officials communicated similar numbers to Committee staff, stating that hundreds of SIAs have entered Colombia each year for the past few years. In both countries, nearly all the SIA migrants were headed to the United States and originated from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa—including Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, India, Eritrea, and many others. Additionally, encounters with these special interest individuals resulted in the seizure of tens of thousands of fraudulent documents—including passports and visas—that facilitated travel from their countries of origin through the Americas.”

The report includes several disturbing cases of Islamic terrorists who made it to the U.S. via Mexico. Among them are Mohammad Aldairi, a Jordanian arrested last summer in New York for illegally smuggling SIAs from Yemen across the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas.

Others include Pakistani Sharafat Ali Khan, convicted for smuggling fellow Pakistanis with terrorism ties into the U.S.; Somalian Abdullah Omar Fidse, a member of the al-Shabaab terrorist group; Somalian Ahmed Muhammed Dhakane, a member al-Qaeda linked al-Barakat and Al-Ittihad Al-Islami and Lebanese Mahmoud Yousef Kourani, a fighter, recruiter and fundraiser for Hezbollah.

Kourani paid a Beirut consular officer $3,000 for a Mexican visa and an additional $4,000 to be smuggled across the U.S.- Mexico border, according to information included in the report. Some of the other SIAs also operated smuggling rings through south and central America.

“Latin America and the Caribbean are the major initial entry points to the Western Hemisphere for SIAs,” the House Homeland Security Committee report states. “Many countries in the region continue to face economic and governance challenges, as well as consistently high levels of violent crime. Additionally, many of the countries in the Americas have lenient visa and immigration policies in place, even for individuals from ‘special interest’ countries.

Lastly, the frequency of international flights from ‘special interest’ regions around the world into Latin America and the Caribbean continues to increase. These regional issues create an attractive environment for illicit travel of SIAs and other nefarious actors into the Western Hemisphere with the end goal of reaching the United States.”

Adding to the problem is that Hezbollah is “growing at an alarming rate in Latin America,” according to Committee investigators. “Designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the State Department, Hezbollah has been operating in Latin America since the early 1990s when it worked with Iran to carry out the 1994 bombing of a Jewish Community Center in Argentina,” according to the report.

The House investigation found that, as of September 2018, a record 630 Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested trying to enter the U.S. illegally in Laredo, Texas alone. That marks a 300% increase from the previous year. “The routes facilitating the illicit travel of these Bangladeshis are mostly controlled by TCOs and drug cartels, which charge tens of thousands of dollars to smuggle SIAs and other migrants across the U.S.,” the committee writes.

It also confirms what Judicial Watch reported months ago, that the recent migrant caravan has included several SIAs and suspected terrorists. Judicial Watch traveled to the Guatemala-Honduras border back in October and government sources in Guatemala confirmed that SIAs waiting to get smuggled into the U.S. through Central America integrated with poor Hondurans in the caravan. Among them were nationals of Bangladesh, which appears on the Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control’s Counter Terrorism Designations list.

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  • Oregon Department of Corrections: Mexican National Crime Report December 2018

    January 8, 2019

    Data Compiled By David Olen Cross

    Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on December 1, 2018 that 726 of the 905 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state’s prison system were Mexican nationals — 80.22 percent of the criminal alien prison population (Note: The number of Mexican nationals incarcerated in DOC prisons does not necessarily equal the number of Oregon residents victimized by this specific group of criminal aliens).

    Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number criminal alien inmates along with the number and percentage of those alien inmates incarcerated on December 1st in the state’s prisons who declared themselves as being Mexican nationals.

    OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
    Month/Day/Year DOC Total Inmates W/ICE Detainers DOC Number of Mexican National Inmates W/ICE Detainers DOC Percent of Mexican National Inmates W/ICE Detainers
    December 1, 2018 905 726 80.22%
    Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 December 18.

    Mexican (MEX) national criminals were sent to DOC prisons from 27 of 36 Oregon counties —75.00 percent of the counties in the state.

    Six Oregon counties, Marion (192 MEX inmates), Washington (148 MEX inmates), Multnomah (116 MEX inmates), Clackamas (65 MEX inmates), Lane (32 MEX inmates) and Jackson (27 MEX inmates) had 580 of the 726 Mexican national inmates incarcerated in DOC prisons — 79.89 percent of the criminal alien inmates.

    Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of Mexican national inmates incarcerated on December 1st that were sent to prison from the state’s 36 counties.

    OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
    County DOC Number of Mexican National Inmates by County W/ ICE Detainers DOC Percent of Mexican National Inmates by County W/ICE Detainers
    Marion 192 26.45%
    Washington 148 20.39%
    Multnomah 116 15.98%
    Clackamas 65 8.95%
    Lane 32 4.41%
    Jackson 27 3.72%
    Umatilla 23 3.17%
    Yamhill 19 2.62%
    Linn 16 2.20%
    Polk 12 1.65%
    Benton 10 1.38%
    Deschutes 10 1.38%
    Klamath 10 1.38%
    Malheur 8 1.10%
    Jefferson 5 0.69%
    Tillamook 5 0.69%
    Wasco 5 0.69%
    Douglas 4 0.55%
    Lincoln 4 0.55%
    Clatsop 3 0.41%
    Coos 3 0.41%
    Hood River 3 0.41%
    Josephine 2 0.28%
    Crook 1 0.14%
    Gilliam 1 0.14%
    Lake 1 0.14%
    Morrow 1 0.14%
    Baker 0 0.00%
    Columbia 0 0.00%
    Curry 0 0.00%
    Grant 0 0.00%
    Harney 0 0.00%
    Sherman 0 0.00%
    Union 0 0.00%
    Wallowa 0 0.00%
    Wheeler 0 0.00%
    Total 726 100.00%
    Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 December 18.

    Here are the ways Oregon residents were victimized by the 726 Mexican national criminals.

    Using DOC ICE detainer numbers, the following table reveals the number and percentage of Mexican national inmates incarcerated on December 1st by type of crime.

    OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
    Crime DOC Number of Mexican National Inmates by Type of Crime W/ ICE Detainers DOC Percent of Mexican National Inmates by Type of Crime W/ICE Detainers
    Sex Abuse 167 23.00%
    Rape 138 19.01%
    Homicide 101 13.91%
    Sodomy 78 10.74%
    Drugs 68 9.37%
    Assault 57 7.85%
    Robbery 30 4.13%
    Kidnapping 18 2.48%
    Burglary 12 1.65%
    Theft 5 0.69%
    Driving Offense 2 0.28%
    Vehicle Theft 2 0.28%
    Arson 1 0.14%
    Escape 0 0.00%
    Forgery 0 0.00%
    Other / Comb. Crimes 47 6.47%
    Total 726 100.00%
    Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 December 18.

    Using the DOC ICE detainer numbers from December 1st, the following table reveals the total number of criminal alien inmates by crime type, the number of Mexican national inmates incarcerated by type of crime and the percentage of those crimes they committed.

    OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
    Crime DOC Total Number of Inmates by Type of Crime W/ICE Detainers DOC Number of Mexican National Inmates by Type of Crime W/ ICE Detainers DOC Percent of Mexican National Inmates by Type of Crime W/ICE Detainers
    Sex Abuse 190 167 87.89%
    Rape 169 138 81.66%
    Homicide 131 101 77.10%
    Sodomy 99 78 78.79%
    Assault 76 57 75.00%
    Drugs 74 68 91.89%
    Robbery 47 30 63.83%
    Kidnapping 27 18 66.67%
    Burglary 22 12 54.55%
    Theft 11 5 45.45%
    Vehicle Theft 4 2 50.00%
    Driving Offense 2 2 100.00%
    Arson 1 1 100.00%
    Escape 0 0 0.00%
    Forgery 0 0 0.00%
    Other / Comb. Crimes 52 47 90.38%
    Total 905 726
    Source: Research and Evaluation DOC Report ICE inmates list 01 December 18.

    Beyond the DOC Mexican national incarceration numbers and incarceration percentages, per county and per type of crime, criminal aliens from Mexico pose high economic cost on Oregonians.

    An individual prisoner incarcerated in the DOC prison system costs the state approximately ($108.26) per day.

    The DOC’s incarceration cost for 726 Mexican national inmates is approximately ($78,596.76) per day, ($550,177.32) per week, and ($28,687,817.40) per year.

    None of preceding cost estimates for the DOC to incarcerate the 726 Mexican national inmates includes the dollar amount for legal services (indigent defense), language interpreters, court costs, or victim assistance.

    Bibliography:

    Oregon Department of Corrections Population Profile (unpublished MS Excel workbook) titled Incarcerated Criminal Aliens Report dated December 1, 2018.

    Oregon Department of Corrections Issue Brief Quick Facts IB-53, February 1, 2017:
    http://www.oregon.gov/doc/OC/docs/pdf/IB-53-Quick%20Facts.pdf

    David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to Oregon state, county and city governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the state. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His past crime reports can be found at http://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

    https://docfnc.wordpress.com/2019/01/08/oregon-department-of-corrections-mexican-national-crime-report-december-2018/

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