This speaks to the piece I wrote back in 2010 for The Washington Times here:
One of the most overlooked aspects of the question of immigration is its connection to national security. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, mentioned that connection on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News program, but it received very little notice thereafter. Even Arizona’s Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce, who wrote the Arizona immigration bill, SB 1070, hasn’t spoken of its role in protecting the nation. Yet there is a silver bullet linking the Islamic terror threat with the porous border of Arizona that deserves our immediate attention.
Robert Spencer, has spoken with people who live along the Arizona border who for years have been finding Korans and Islamic prayer rugs on their property, left by illegal invaders. It is well documented in theDepartment of Homeland Security‘s 2008 Yearbook of Immigration Studies, from the Office of Immigration Statistics: Federal law enforcement agencies detained 791,568 deportable aliens in fiscal year 2008, and 5,506 of them were from 14 “special-interest countries” – i.e., nations full of jihadists such asAfghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.
Informants are telling us that those numbers continue to swell. But where are these people? What Americans – Arizonans in particular – are not being told is what Immigration Customs Enforcement does with individuals who were detained after illegally entering Arizona from a “special-interest country.” Read the rest here.
In a Daily News editorial dated July 11, 2010, there is a report that “Mexican authorities have rolled up a Hezbollah network being built in Tijuana, right across the border from Texas [sic] and closer to American homes than the terrorist hideouts in the Bekaa Valley are to Israel.”
U.S. Law Enforcers Note Increase in Prison Tattoos With Hezbollah Imagery Algemeiner, October 9, 2o13
U.S. law enforcers have noted an increase of tattoos on prison inmates, particularly in the Southwest, with script written in Farsi and with graphics depicting Hezbollah imagery, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a newly published book, “Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Army of God,” by terrorism expert Matthew Levitt.
The WSJ said Hezbollah’s “operatives and sleeper cells are certainly in America. ‘Law enforcement officials across the Southwest,’ Mr. Levitt writes, ‘are reporting a rise in imprisoned gang members with Farsi tattoos,’ including some with Hezbollah imagery. Another official he quotes puts it this way: ‘You could almost pick your city and you would probably have a [Hezbollah] presence.’”
While Hezbollah has yet to mount an attack on U.S. soil, the group’s chief patron, Iran, is not reluctant to do so, the WSJ said. “In 2011, Tehran tried to hire a drug trafficker in Mexico to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in a Washington, D.C., restaurant (the would-be assassin turned out to be a federal agent). And Iranian diplomat Mohsen Rabbani, who masterminded Hezbollah’s attacks in Argentina in the 1990s, assisted a (foiled) plot to bomb JFK Airport in New York City in 2007. Whether Hezbollah would strike the American homeland is an open question. But as Matthew Levitt’s well-researched book makes clear, it isn’t an outlandish one.”
Levitt is a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and is a former FBI counter-terrorism analyst.
Until the 9/11 2001 terror attacks , no terrorist organization had killed more Americans than Hezbollah, the WSJ writes. “Today it remains an efficient global terror operation, having executed bombings on four continents, built a presence on six and even branched out to drug trafficking.”
Pamela Geller is the Editor of Atlas Shrugs.