Police in Sicily have positively identified a convicted terrorist leader who had been hiding among migrants attempting to arrive from Libya.
Ben Nasr Mehdi, originally from Tunisia, was first arrested in Italy in November, 2007, and was sentenced to seven years in prison for planning terrorist attacks for a group that has been linked to ISIS. After his release from the high-security Benevento prison in southern Italy, Mehdi was then expelled from the country.
Nonetheless, the convicted terrorist tried to enter the country again last month after arriving at the island of Lampedusa, just off the coast of Sicily. Mehdi was hidden among a group of approximately 200 migrants who had been rescued at sea by a navy vessel on October 4. Mehdi initially gave a false name to the Italian authorities and also claimed that he was seeking asylum there in order to escape from political persecution. Mehdi’s true identity, and his terrorist background, were revealed after a search of his finger prints record. Three other men were also held with Mehdi. The three others were believed to be human traffickers who had organized the trip.
A week after Mehdi was captured, he was released back into the hands of Tunisian authorities.
Italy’s Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, had previously denied that Muslim terrorists were attempting to enter his nation by hiding among migrants seeking asylum, but he was clearly proven wrong by Mehdi’s capture. Other Italian authorities have called Mehdi one of the most dangerous terrorists ever to have operated in Italy. Mehdi is considered an expert on explosives and also has attempted to recruit jihadists from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Legal Immigrants For America (LIFA) applauds the fine work of the Italian authorities in capturing Mehdi. At the same time, however, we must ask a vital question:
How many terrorists are trying to enter the United States by crossing the Mexican border?
Mehdi hid himself among a group of 200 other migrants seeking asylum. We know that thousands are streaming across the sieve-like Mexican border every day, and so we must ask how many Ben Nasr Mehdis are hidden among them? And just how vigilant is the current administration in trying to capture them? We truly hope that it won’t take another terrorist attack on U.S. soil to learn the answers to these questions, but our concern is very great.
LIFA exists to protect our borders and protects our citizens, both native-born and legal immigrants. We are concerned that the U.S. government, consisting of both Democrats and Republicans, are more concerned with acts of love than acts of terrorism.
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