Report: Taliban Members, ISIS Sneak in With Migrants
The Washington Examiner reports:
There have been at least 15 confirmed cases of terrorists from groups like ISIS and the Taliban trying to enter the nation, and at least 100 total migrants from nations that harbor terrorist groups have crossed the border since 2001, the year of the 9/11 attacks, according to the report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
“While President Trump may have raised the prospect of terrorist border infiltration to gain political advantage, facts would support his contention that Middle Easterners from places like Syria, Iraq, and Egypt, as well as from South Asia and the Horn of Africa, do indeed routinely travel the same routes as Hondurans to the U.S. southern border and that some terrorist suspects have traveled among them,” the new analysis said.
Because of tight security and classification, the report noted that many more terrorists may have entered or been caught, but the government hasn’t revealed those cases. The 15 are from public records and court documents. In one famous case, a Somali who crossed over the Mexico border went on to Canada and stabbed a police officer and rammed others while carrying an ISIS flag last year.
And, significantly, many others heading to the United States have been seized by U.S. allies in Central America.
The report is especially timely considering a caravan of several thousand migrants is attempting to enter the United States and the president is seeking $5 billion to build a border wall.