Radical Islamist smuggled across US-Mexico border
Almost seven years ago, the 9/11 Commission warned Congress about the security risk the nation runs against terrorist infiltration over the US-Mexico border (as wel as the US-Canadian border).
Specifically, they recommended heightened security along both borders to ensure that terrorists could not cross over from either Canada or Mexico undetected, and that "[i]t is elemental to border security to know who is coming into the country” [page 407]. Since then, conservatives have demanded border security and immigration enforcement as part of a rational national-security strategy. Opponents to this approach argue that conservatives blow this out of proportion, that there is no evidence of such infiltration, and the argument only serves to feed xenophobia.
This puts a dent in that argument:
U.S. border authorities have arrested a controversial Muslim cleric who was deported from Canada to Tunisia three years ago and was caught earlier this month trying to sneak into California inside the trunk of a BMW, according to court documents.
Said Jaziri, the former Imam of a Muslim congregation in Montreal, was hidden inside a car driven by a San Diego-area man who was pulled over by U.S. Border Patrol agents near an Indian casino east of San Diego. Jaziri allegedly paid a Tijuana-based smuggling group $5,000 to get him across the border near Tecate, saying he wanted to be taken to a "safe place anywhere in the U.S.”