Monday, August 20, 2018 by JD Heyes
The latest rallying cry for the increasingly far-Left Democratic Party is the abolishment of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service, as well as open borders and opposition to POTUS Donald Trump’s proposed wall.
In fact, as former Secret Service agent, noted conservative pundit, and NRA-TV host Dan Bongino pointed out this week, at recent counter-demonstrations to a tiny white nationalist rally in Washington, D.C., committed Leftists were seen chanting, “No Border, No Wall, No USA at All.”
A new report reveals why these positions are not simply extreme, they’re harmful to our national security.
In the waning months of the Obama administration, then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson sent a three-page memo to the 10 most senior federal law enforcement officials responsible for border security, according to the report by Todd Bensman, the senior national security fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies.
"'No Border, No Wall, No USA at All'—this is not a fringe position anymore within the Democrat party. This is a position that is embraced by a large swath of Democrat voters. This is frightening.” —@dbongino pic.twitter.com/WSM5aMqp42
— NRATV (@NRATV) August 13, 2018
In the subject line, Johnson made a reference to a terrorist threat at U.S. land borders that had rarely been referenced beforehand by President Obama and most everyone else on his senior national security team during the previous seven-odd years in office. And thus far, Bensman writes, the threat hasn’t been fully enunciated by the Trump administration.
Johnson’s memo contained orders – “unusual in the sense that they demanded the ‘immediate attention’ of the nation’s most senior immigration and border security leaders to counter such an obscure terrorism threat.” (Relate: Illegal alien enters the U.S. with pretend daughter, then rapes her.)
In other words, Johnson thought it serious enough, no matter how “obscure,” to ensure it was dealt with as quickly as possible, ordering the 10 chiefs to form a special “action group” and tasking it with the formulation of a “consolidated action plan” to address the threat.
Bensman noted further:
The unpublicized copy of the memo, obtained by CIS, outlined plan objectives. Intelligence collection and analysis, Secretary Johnson wrote, would drive efforts to “counter the threats posed by the smuggling of SIAs [Special Interest Aliens].” Coordinated investigations would “bring down organizations involved in the smuggling of SIAs into and within the United States.” Border and port of entry operations capacities would “help us identify and interdict SIAs of national security concern who attempt to enter the United States” and “evaluate our border and port of entry security posture to ensure our resources are appropriately aligned to address trends in the migration of SIAs.”
The report noted that recent research turned up a number of SIA smuggling routes into the U.S. from “Muslim majority countries” originating in the Middle East, North and East Africa, and South Asia “all of which invariably landed migrants in South America, Central America, or Mexico to stage treks to the U.S. southern border.”
It also said that Johnson’s order, with its urgency, “did not occur in a vacuum” and that the former DHS chief and other top border security officials were aware that in 2015 and 2016, as millions of migrants streamed into the countries of European allies that ISIS operatives and sympathizers were increasingly launching attacks (one occurred again this week in front of the U.K. Parliament building in London).
The report notes that while there are “obvious differences” in terms of distance from smuggling points of origin to Europe and the United States, the threat remains.
It also concludes that few other national security researchers are aware of the SIA smuggling threat, but one of them – Small Wars Journal– has been critical of the lack of “a more dedicated whole-of-government approach to” countering the terrorist threat that is inherent in this type of migrant activity.
In recent years ISIS leaders have said they would use mass migration to infiltrate European nations, and that appears to have happened given the frequency of terrorist attacks on the continent. The group – in conjunction with Mexican cartels– may also be using the same tactic to smuggle terrorists into the U.S. as well.
Read more about the smuggling of terrorists into the U.S. at Terrorism.news.