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The Threat Of Terrorists Crossing The Border From Mexico

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Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) announced recently that on his recent visit to Karachi, Pakistani officials made aware of a potential threat to our national security. The officials warned that potential operatives from Pakistan, and Iran, possibly members of al-Qaeda, the Taliban or the Haqqani network could easily obtain visas which would allow them to enter Mexico from Mexican diplomatic settlements in Pakistan, making Mexico a perfect way station en-route to the US.

Although some experts suspect Republican politicians are bringing to the public’s attention suspected international terrorist threats, in an effort to score political points assaying their announcements are more about politics than an actual threat to our national security, be aware that last year Federal law enforcement agents detained 663 "special interest aliens" from 35 countries including at least 13 Iranians along the US’s southwestern border.  Additionally, this potential threat is gaining traction because of the recent alleged plot by Iranian agents attempting to enlist a Mexican cartel hit man to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.

 Even though the number of “special interest aliens” is small compared to the total of 445,000 border crossers detained last year, remember that it only took 19 hijackers to carry out the 9/11 attacks. This gives us an additional reason to pay attention to what's going on along our borders.

Furthermore consider the enormity of the task at hand, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the length of the International Boundary line of the U.S.-Canadian border, excluding Alaska, is approximately 3,987 miles, while the length of the U.S.-Mexican border is estimated at 1,933 miles.  The length of the Alaska-Canada border is 1,538 miles. Additionally, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has surveyed the  “general coastline” based on large scale nautical charts, resulting in a coastline measure for the 50 states totaling 12,383 miles. 

Finally be aware that earlier this year the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report which stated that of the 1,969 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border stretching from California to Texas, just 873 miles are deemed secure, leading many experts to say, that it's not a question of if, but when terrorist groups will take advantage of this vulnerability to smuggle trained terrorists or attempt to transport a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) into the US.

 

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