The global dimensions of the infiltration of our southern U.S. border have largely gone underreported by a dominant media eager to portray those trying to sneak their way into our country as impoverished Latinos desperate to make a better life for themselves. So good luck finding major newspaper or television network coverage of a Jordanian national entering a guilty plea to charges of smuggling at least six Yemenis into the U.S. in 2017.
Moayad Heider Mohammad Aldairi, 31, faces between three and ten years in prison after making his plea in a Del Rio, Texas courtroom on April 29, local newspaper the San Antonio Express-News reports. “Law enforcement sources” told the paper some of the Yemenis were on terror watch lists. “Fortunately, these six were detained, but we don’t know how many other people he assisted in getting into this country,” John Bash, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, said of Aldairi.
How ominous a statement is that? Federal prosecutors are conceding that U.S. officials do not know how many potential terrorists from the Middle East Aldairi may have successfully smuggled into our nation before he was apprehended. The Jordanian is also a Mexican citizen, which made it easier for him to operate just outside U.S. territory.
Shane Folden, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in San Antonio, says agents found Aldairi “planned and coordinated” his smuggling network to run through several different countries, including Cuba, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
Bridge to America
Multi-national pipelines into the U.S. have become increasingly more common as smuggler operations go global. Todd Bensman, writing for the Center for Immigration Studies in 2018, described the case of Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a Somali national who was smuggled into California and later went on to conduct a truck attack in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Sharif may very well have gotten into the U.S. due to a smuggling network run by Mohamed Abdi Siyad, aka “Hassan,” Bensman writes. Hassan ran his network out of Sao Paolo, Brazil, providing a “connecting bridge” from the Horn of Africa to North America that was utilized by dozens of Somalis.
“Hassan usually charged $500 to get [the Somalis] to a Colombia-based smuggler who would move them through Peru, Ecuador, and into Colombia via taxi, bus, horseback, boat, and air,” Bensman details. “In addition to WhatsApp, Hassan used Facebook for general communications and also to provide direction on the best entry points into the United States.”
Once again, the extent of the operation remains unknown. “It’s not clear yet how many migrants he helped in total or for how long Hassan was in business, though there seems little doubt that he was prolific,” Bensman states.
If you want to know just how dangerous the leftist media and Democrats’ demonization of President Trump’s efforts to secure the border from this very real threat to the safety of Americans everywhere can be, observe that Aldairi’s San Antonio lawyer used boilerplate anti-Trump rhetoric in an attempt to defend his client’s smuggling of Yemenis into the U.S. “It’s just one more step toward being anti-Muslim,” Rusty Guyer said of officials’ efforts to publicize Aldairi’s guilty plea. “It’s Trump persecuting Middle Easterners, primarily Muslims.”
Illegal aliens from Muslim nations that are hotbeds for terrorism and extremism are taking advantage of our porous southern border to enter our communities. Our own officials admit that they do not know how many may have already gotten through. Those who would minimize the crisis on our border are putting American lives in danger in their own neighborhoods. To find out who some of these people are, simply take note of all the media outlets that won’t even report Moayad Heider Mohammad Aldairi’s name.
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