A radical Muslim cleric banned from two different countries snuck into the United States through Mexico, affirming several reports that Middle Eastern terrorists regularly enter the country through the porous southern border.The Tunisian imam (Said Jaziri), who has an international criminal past, paid $5,000 to get smuggled across the border near San Diego, according to a local newspaper that says it all went down just a few weeks ago. Jaziri only got caught because firefighters in the area tipped off the U.S. Border Patrol after they saw him and a Mexican man get into a car trunk in a renowned smuggling pickup area.A Tijuana-based smuggling cartel had escorted Jaziri and a Mexican illegal immigrant over the border fence near Tecate, according to authorities cited in the story. Once on the U.S. side, they walked in the night to a spot where drivers routinely pick illegal aliens up for smuggling runs into San Diego. Jaziri evidently told authorities that he flew from Africa to Europe then to Central America andChetumal, Mexico where he took a bus to Tijuana.Jaziri was deported from Canada a few years ago and from France sometime in the 1990s, after serving a prison sentence for participating in a fundamentalist attack on a person who was accused of closing down a prayer room. Jaziri once led the largest mosque in Montreal, where he advocated Islamic law, known as Sharia. A few years ago he called for the death of a Danish cartoonist that drew pictures of the prophet Mohammed.Incredibly, a growing number of Islamic extremists like Jaziri are slipping into theU.S. through Mexico. Just a few months ago a veteran federal agent announced that The U.S. Border Patrol has captured thousands of people who have been classified as OTM (Other Than Mexican) along the 2,000-mile southern border and many are from terrorist nations like Yemen, Iran, Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan. The feds call them SIAs (Special Interest Aliens) and the government doesn’t want Americans to know about them.This has been going on for some time. In fact, in 2007 the top Homeland Security official in Texas confirmed that terrorists with ties to Hezbollah, Hamas and Al Qaeda had been arrested crossing into the state through the Mexican border. A few years ago the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) revealed details of how Islamic terrorists and violent Mexican drug gangs have long teamed up to successfully penetrate the U.S. as well as finance terror networks in the Middle East.
Although the U.S. government has showered Mexico with more than $1 billion in the last few years to combat drug violence, serious crime associated with illicit narcotics operations hit record levels in scale and brutality in 2010.More than 13,000 people were murdered across Mexico in disturbing and cruel ways not commonly seen in previous years, according to a Dallas newspaper report the exposes a new level of brutality among the country’s thriving drug cartels. The problem is especially critical along the U.S.-Mexico border but also in regions that were once spared such bloodshed.In one northern Mexican city the mayor was murdered and his eyes gouged out, in a quaint town south of Mexico City four decapitated men were hanged from a bride along a busy highway and in the narcotics hotbed of Ciudad Juarez across from El Paso, university students were recently hunted like animals, shot dead and set on fire.The drug-related violence has been well documented in Ciudad Juarez, where the situation is so serious that bullets from shootouts among rival smugglers regularly spill into the U.S. In fact, just a few months ago a myriad of bullets fired into El Paso, striking City Hall and a public university building. El Paso’s sheriff says the gun battles are breaking out everywhere but his hands are tied because local law enforcement officials are legally forbidden from intervening in another country’s war.In the meantime, U.S. tax dollars keep flowing south to fund the drug war in the famously corrupt Latin American country. Since 2008 Uncle Sam has generously given Mexico $1.2 billion as part of a multi-year program (known as the Merida Initiative) that also helps Central American nations, the Dominican Republic andHaiti fight crime. A disproportionate chunk of the cash goes to Mexico, even as the violence escalates; $400 in 2008, $300 million in 2009 and $450 million in 2010.The money is supposed to provide equipment and training to support law enforcement operations and technical assistance for long-term reform and oversight of security agencies, according to the State Department’s description of the Merida Initiative. It’s also intended to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to partner with foreign governments to confront criminal organizations that plague the region and spill over into the U.S.