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An illegal immigrant from Lebanon was sentenced Tuesday to 4 1/2 years in prison for conspiring to raise money for the Islamic militant group Hezbollah, which the United States has designated a terrorist group.I can't say it any better than Hugh did:
Mahmoud Youssef Kourani, 34, pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to support a terrorist organization. Kourani was accused of hosting fundraising meetings at his home in suburban Detroit in 2002 at which a Hezbollah representative spoke. . . .
The government said Kourani paid a Mexican consular official in Beirut $3,000 for a visa to enter Mexico, then sneaked across the U.S.-Mexican border in 2001 and settled in Dearborn, the center of Michigan's Arab American community of about 300,000.
Yes, please. Illegal immigration is a major economic and cultural problem, but let's not forget it could become a massively lethal problem too. The terrorists read the newspapers, and they surely know how easy it is to get their people into the USA. Does anyone doubt that they have already done so, on a fairly large scale?
How is it that Mexico is employing consular officials willing to take bribes in Lebanon? Has that official landed in a jail for the next couple of decades?
And does anyone in D.C. think about the consequences if the next purchased-visa, Mexican border-jumping Hezbollah supporter is coming with more than fund-raising on his mind? The toll could be high in lives lost, and the blame will be on the Adminsitration because of the pervasive impression that more could be done on the border that has not been done. The blame for 9/11 could not be fixed on the Bush Administration because no reasonable voter could judge the attacks to be foreseeable.
A terrorist crossing the border is foreseeable. If their financiers can get here, then a terrorist crossing that border is foreseeable. Much more needs to be done. Now.