When most people talk about illegal immigration, they are usually referring to people of Hispanic origins from Central and South America. And for the large majority of cases that is true.
In a recent report, Newsmax claims that between October 1, 2010 thru September 30, 2011 that the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection division of the Department of Homeland Security arrested 327,577 aliens illegally entering the U.S. along the U.S. – Mexican border and another 6,552 illegals along U.S. coastlines.
Reports from various Arizona county sheriffs’ departments, say there are a lot more that get away than the number caught.
Of the illegals captured along the Mexican border, 46,997 were listed as ‘other than Mexican’. Among the ‘other than Mexican’ were people from countries listed as ‘special interest countries’ such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Somalia, Tunisia, Syria, Uzbekistan, Jordan and Indonesia. Most of these countries have populations made up primarily of Muslims.
A National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) report released in March 2010 stated that there have been no documented cases of terrorists illegally entering the United States across the Mexican border. But Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has contradicted that assertion with an admission that terrorists do cross the border “from time to time” with intent to attack Americans.
At a July 25 hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., asked Napolitano: “As you know, Madam Secretary, there have been anecdotal reports about material evidence of the presence of terrorists along our southern border. My question is, is there any credible evidence that these reports are accurate and that terrorists are, in fact, crossing our southern border with the intent to do harm to the American people?”
Napolitano answered: “With respect, there have been from time to time, and we are constantly working against different and evolving threats involving various terrorist groups and various ways they may seek to enter the country.”
The earlier report from the NDIC, a division of the Eric Holder’s Justice Department, stated: “Of some concern to law enforcement officials is the potential for using drug smuggling routes to move terrorists or transport weapons of mass destruction into the United States. However, there have been no incidents of this type documented, and according to federal law enforcement officials, the involvement of Mexican [drug trafficking organizations] in this type of activity is very unlikely.”
But Napolitano is not the first to make a statement to the contrary. In an August 2007 interview with the El Paso Times, then-Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell was asked: “Are terrorist coming across the Southwest border?”
He responded: “Not in great numbers.”
“So there are some cases?” the interviewer asked.
Said McConnell: “There are some.” He added: “There were a significant number of Iraqis who came across last year. Smuggled across illegally.”
Interestingly, there seems to be no reports on activity along the several thousand miles of the U.S. – Canada border. There are 5,525 miles of border we share with Canada, and that includes 1,538 miles that borders Alaska. Over the past few years, it seems that everyone is focusing on the southern border and the coasts, but very little is mentioned about the miles of the northern border.