Yes, Islamists Are Coming Through Mexico

For years now, there has been an increase in OTMs (Other Than Mexicans) penetrating our border to the south, with sizable increases happening every year. FBI director Robert Mueller warned of this during his testimony to the House Appropriations Committee back in 2005:

There are individuals from countries with known al-Qaeda connections who are changing their Islamic surnames to Hispanic-sounding names and obtaining false Hispanic identities, learning to speak Spanish, and pretending to be Hispanic.

The Mexican government is struggling to survive the chaos and anarchy that is sweeping the nation because of vast corruption and the drug cartels. The government has no interest in curbing the flow of illegal immigration north, since remittances from Mexicans in the U.S. to their family members back home total $25 billion a year and account for 3% of Mexico’s GDP. Neither do they have the time nor the resources to make any effective effort to control who is crossing their border with the U.S., which makes it a prime area for terrorists looking to enter this country unnoticed.

We have to congratulate the dedicated men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol for capturing Said Jaziri. But considering the situation in Mexico and our unaddressed border issues, we have to wonder: how many Said Jaziris have made it into the U.S. undetected?