Sara Carter reports in the Washington Examiner:
Somalis with ties to a terrorist organization are believed to be plotting to illegally enter the United States after being mistakenly released from custody in Mexico, a confidential federal law enforcement report said.
The report, obtained by the Washington Examiner, said that 23 Somalis who entered Mexico illegally earlier in the year were caught there, then released in late January.
…. Included in the group is Mohamed Osman Noor, 35, of Somalia, who U.S. officials suspect has strong ties to Al-Shabaab Mujahideen, an Islamist insurgency group in the ongoing war in Somalia with ties to al Qaeda.
A former U.S. government official who worked closely with Mexican authorities on border issues said he is “legitmately concerned of these suspected terrorists coming into the U.S. through leveraging and exploiting the many gaps along our southwest border.”
He added, “Something must have gone wrong internally for these persons to have been released by Mexican authorities. If you can move narcotics and other contraband through the porous border, you can’t tell me they don’t have the ability to move terrorists as well.”
A lot is wrong internally in Mexico. Illegal aliens might be going back home and fewer entering the U.S. because of the poor economy here, but I’m sure the inbound terrorist traffic hasn’t slowed down.
Will these terrorists go where there are Somali communities to blend in? If they do, will the Somalis who voice despair at the recruitment of their “youths” to jihad report them? We’ll see.
Addendum from Ann: I wonder if these Somalis are connected to the 270 other illegal Somalis that ICE is already looking for, here.