Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Haitian Migrant Double Homicide Suspect Used Biden CBP One App To Legally Enter US: Report; Thousands of ‘Special Interest Aliens’ Posing Potential National Security Risks Entering via CBP One App

Haitian migrant double homicide suspect used Biden CBP One app to legally enter US: report
A Haitian migrant who allegedly killed two of his roommates in New York used the Biden administration’s signature CBP One program to legally enter the country, according to Fox News.
Kenol Baptiste is accused of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in Middletown, New York.
The Haitian national entered the US on July 25 of last year after making an appointment through the CBP One app which allows migrants to pre-arrange travel to the US and be pre-screened, then enter the country, collect paperwork and stay and work for up to two years.
The two victims, one of whom died at the scene and the other in a subsequent surgery, had multiple stab wounds. The identities of the victims have not been made public.
Police were able to locate Baptiste in the nearby woods and he is currently being held at the Orange County Jail. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has asked local authorities to take Baptiste into federal custody once he has answered state charges.
Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus told Fox News the two victims were also Haitian, adding that seven people were living in the single apartment.
“He came in over the border, but they did give him working papers, and he was scheduled to get an asylum hearing by a federal judge,” Neuhaus told Fox News. --->READ MORE HERE
Thousands of ‘Special Interest Aliens’ Posing Potential National Security Risks Entering via CBP One App
For the two-plus decades after 9/11, professionals of the U.S. homeland security enterprise have fretted about illegal immigrants from foreign nations where Islamic terrorism groups operate who, without invitation or authorization, breach the Southwest Border and enter the country every year.
The professional presumption that these immigrants pose a greater national security risk than other illegal entrants has remained great enough, in fact, that federal agencies still tag them for enhanced security screening when encountered as “Special Interest Aliens” or SIAs (or due to the Biden administration’s aversion to the word “alien”, “Special Interest Migrants” or SIMs) to help ensure the strangers are not clandestine terrorist agents.
But new records released to the Center for Immigration Studies last week as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit reveal that the Biden administration has been authorizing thousands of SIAs for escorted entries through land ports along the border since at least May 2021, using “CBP One” online interfaces such as a mobile phone app. Using this program, the administration has authorized the paroles into the country of some 7,332 SIAs from 24 of the roughly 35-40 U.S.-designated countries, including smatterings from Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, but the largest numbers coming from Muslim-majority former Soviet republics in Central Asia such as the Kyrgyz Republic, also known as Kyrgyzstan, (3,852) and Uzbekistan (1,843).1
These government-sanctioned SIA entries are very different from the surprise illegal border crossings of SIAs with which homeland security officials traditionally have had to contend in that these ones are pre-approved before their escorted port of entry crossings, their names and biometrics ostensibly having been run through criminal database checks (though such checks have been panned as grossly inadequate).
At issue with government-authorized entries of SIAs over the land ports is whether the Biden administration’s DHS is conducting effective enhanced security screening beyond the standard criminal database checks used for the more than 249,000 non-SIA immigrants the CIS FOIA records show it has paroled in since May 2021 through eight land ports.
That question comes at a time of heightened national concern about not only illegally entering SIA traffic at the southern border amid an historic mass migration but concern specifically about the record 270 aliens on the FBI’s terrorism watch list who have crossed illegally during the Biden administration. Because the administration has never disclosed that it was knowingly approving SIAs for its land port parole program, however, questions about vetting and purposeful choices to take on additional national security risk within the program have been neither asked nor answered.
“That’s a really hard target to analyze, and to just shoot from the hip and let them in is absolute insanity in my book,” said James G. Conway, a retired FBI counterterrorism agent who for years after 9/11 worked in Mexico trying to vet SIAs and detect terrorists among that flow. “How would you knowingly and wittingly bring people from terrorist countries into the United States with that level of vetting? Some of these terrorism countries don’t even have an electric grid let alone a computer system, and you can’t scrub them on databases that don’t exist. The whole thing is insane to me.”
The Old Normal. SIAs are not regarded as terrorists but, because they arrive as almost complete strangers from nations where avowed anti-U.S. terrorist groups are prevalent, homeland security protocols dating to a 2004 CBP Memorandum (right) and still largely in effect call for SIAs to be tagged and detained until they can go through extra security screening. As detailed at length in my book, America’s Covert Border War, the untold story of the Nation’s battle to prevent jihadist infiltration, one of the most important protocols requires face-to-face interviews with SIAs by FBI agents, DHS intelligence officers, or members of CBP’s Tactical Terrorist Response Team. Additionally, the agents might run individuals through additional classified databases, perhaps analyze personal belongings, contact foreign intelligence services or check U.S. military intelligence data, and attempt to validate statements made in the interviews. All of this was done to determine potential terrorism involvement. SIAs found to be clean were let back into the immigration system, or if derogatory information was found, probably deported to mitigate any risk. ---> READ MORE HERE
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