On Tuesday evening, President Trump is expected to use his evening’s Oval Office address to publicize statistics showing a dramatic influx of illegals, drugs, and criminals crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, as he makes the case that the situation is a humanitarian and national security crisis necessitating an effective physical barrier.
While the Democrats have and continue to deny the statistics, Center for Immigration Studies dispatched Senior National Security and a writing fellow for the Middle East Forum, Todd Bensman, who reported that federal Costa Rican police arrested Ibrahim Qoordheen of Somalia as a suspected al Shabaab terrorist operative on his way to the U.S. southern border.
The case of Ibrahim Qoordheen is only the tip of the iceberg.
Luckily, the Somali stayed long enough for an American intelligence analyst working with the name he had provided in Panama to unscramble it and match it to a pre-existing intelligence file that identified him as intertwined with an al Shabaab cell and smuggling network in Zambia, the U.S. intelligence official said.
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The Americans interviewed Qoordheen at length, but the Somali gave up nothing, the U.S. officer said. The Americans then arranged to have him deported to Zambia, the officer said. It turns out the Qoordheen case was only one of other such episodes about which the American public was never told, where terrorist suspects were discovered migrating through Latin America to the U.S. border.
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A Costa Rican immigration service official whose jurisdiction includes the Golfito camp disclosed that at least several other U.S.-bound suspected terrorists also were pulled from this camp since Qoordheen’s March 2017 arrest, likewise based on significant derogatory U.S. counterterrorism intelligence. The Costa Rican official declined to provide specifics of the intelligence beyond that it involved terrorism, offering only that: “Most are good, but some are bad.”
The American public was never told that Qoordheen and other suspected terrorists were pulled off U.S.-bound migrant routes in distant Costa Rica and Panama because such information is usually classified or not disclosable, in line with standard practice to protect ongoing investigations and operations.
That necessary opacity, unfortunately, seems to have given life to denialism about President Trump’s claims that terrorists are among migrants from countries of terror concern, like the Middle East. The skeptics have demanded proof then cited Trump perfidy when protected intelligence wasn’t provided. Trump’s assertions were thus ridiculed and dismissed as unsupported fear-mongering.
Earlier on Tuesday, Jim Simpson reported that migrant caravans are highly organized and are supported by taxpayer-funded U.S. Groups as well as the UN and are using embedded women and children as shields. Even without the caravans, however, recent Southwest border apprehension statistics show that at least 10-12,000 are coming to the border every week separately.
If Democrats continue to deny the illegal immigration problem and continue to blast President Trump, then someday, another 9/11 terrorist attack may occur on American soil.
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