For Americans concerned about the security of their communities and nation, the breaking news on terrorist infiltration is terrifying — and ought to guide future defense policy

On June 11, the federal government announced Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested eight illegal aliens from Tajikistan. Tajikistan is a predominantly Muslim Asian state bordering Afghanistan and a former Soviet Socialist Republic.

The feds believe the Tajik men have ties to the Islamist terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. ISIS has a presence in Afghanistan and probably a base.

ICE arrested the suspects in three urban areas: New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. According to two media reports, the men entered the U.S. via the U.S.-Mexico border. L.A. is near Mexico. Philly and New York? No.

NBC added this note: One suspect crossed the border using the CBP One app (Customs and Border Patrol smartphone application) the Biden administration created “to allow migrants to book appointments to claim asylum.”

Future headline: Terrorist claims asylum in order to enter the U.S.

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Our enemies will use anything, even hijacked jumbo jets.

The suspect eight aren’t charged with terrorism, not yet. Good news: They’re under arrest. Bad news: They got into the U.S. and penetrated major population centers. And a Biden administration-sponsored computer widget gave one potential terrorist entry privilege.

The CBP app is an act of either presidential lunacy or treachery or both.

Blame the Biden administration. Congress had nothing to do with it. The app is akin to the “defund the police” movement and similar chaos-seeding, socially destructive policies. No matter their claimed motivation, these policies harm American society.

Some old news that’s wretched: Since January 2021, some 8 to 10 million illegal immigrants have entered the U.S. The figure could be 14 million.

This human wave has swamped welfare and medical support networks funded by American taxpayers and created to aid deserving American citizens.

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The uncontrolled surge has lowered blue-collar wages and increased crime rates. Even liberal sanctuary cities are buckling.
Surge. Wave. With 10 million, those words are euphemisms for invasion

The CBP app aids illegal aliens. So do criminal cartels. Mexican cartels have helped transport the illegal aliens and have used the surge to smuggle deadly narcotics. The drug fentanyl has become a weapon of mass destruction. In 2021, over 70,000 Americans died from fentanyl-related causes. In 2023, at least 108,000 died.

Violent crime, deadly drugs, disrupted social and educational systems, defunded police, illegal migrant invasion: Americans confront a complex war against American civil society.

The immediate Bipartisan Initiative 1: Eliminate Biden’s terrorist-abetting, crime-promoting and obscenely stupid digital app.

Bipartisan Initiative 2: We must start treating Mexican and South American crime cartels as the terrorist and hybrid-military threats they are and be prepared to use military force to defeat them.

Old news helps make the case for Initiative 2. In March 2015, U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) commander Gen. John Kelly told a Senate committee that U.S. intelligence had evidence the terrorist group and Iranian proxy militia Lebanese Hezbollah had a working relationship with Mexican drug cartels.

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Kelly’s posture statement summarized the threat: “These [cartel criminal] networks could unwittingly, or even wittingly, facilitate the movement of terrorist operatives or weapons of mass destruction toward our borders, potentially undetected and almost completely unrestricted.”

June 2024: Lebanese Hezbollah is bombarding northern Israel with rockets and mortar fire, presenting Israel with a “second front” as it battles Hamas in Gaza to the south.

My speculation: The cartels can be infiltrating sleeper cells to launch terror attacks on civilian targets or attack military facilities and critical power and communication infrastructure in the event of a war with a major adversary — like China.

The thought isn’t so wild. In the past six months, CBP has seen a huge increase in the number of Chinese illegal immigrants. CBP estimates based on current “encounters” with Chinese illegal immigrants 60,000 will enter the U.S. in 2024.

Austin Bay is a syndicated columnist and author. 

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