Adding information to previous reports about terrorists crossing the southern border, FBI Director Robert Mueller told a congressional panel today that illegal aliens from countries with ties to al-Qaida have crossed into the U.S. from Mexico using false identities.
Mueller says some of the aliens are people with Middle Eastern names who have adopted Hispanic last names before coming into the U.S.
“We are concerned, Homeland Security is concerned about special interest aliens entering the United States,” Mueller said.
“Special interest aliens” are those from countries where al-Qaida is known to be active, the Associated Press reported.
Mueller said one route takes Middle Easterners to Brazil, where they assume false identities before entering Mexico and then crossing into the U.S.
Bush administration officials have previously said al-Qaida could try to infiltrate the United States through the Mexican border.
Mueller stopped short of confirming that terrorists had entered illegally via Mexico, but said it’s believed people from countries where al-Qaida is active have done so.
AP reported Adm. James Loy, deputy Homeland Security secretary, told Congress recently that al-Qaida operatives believe they can pay to get into the country through Mexico and that entering illegally is “more advantageous than legal entry.”
Last year, Pentagon officials confirmed human smuggling rings in Latin America were attempting to sneak al-Qaida operatives into the U.S., information first reported in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin more than a year before.
As WorldNetDaily and G2 Bulletin reported, Arabic-speaking visitors carrying European passports often gather at the triple border region where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet. This region, often described as a lawless area, is nicknamed by some intelligence station agents as “The Muslim Triangle meeting zone.” Some of these “Europeans” cannot even speak the language of their so-called motherland.