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WHERE IS ADNAN SHUKRIJUMAH?

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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 18, 2004 08:09 AM

Adnan G. El Shukrijumah is a Saudi terror suspect with a $5 million bounty on his head. The FBI has been hunting him for nearly a year. He has been billed as the “next Mohammed Atta.” Only unlike Atta, he isn’t flying in and out of our airports. He’s apparently dancing around the southern border, down Mexico way. According to the El Paso Times:

Officials on both sides of the border have asked law enforcement officials, including Border Patrol agents and El Paso¹s bridge inspectors, as well as the community at large to be on the lookout for Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, 29, a native of Saudi Arabia who may be using a Guyanese, Canadian or Trinidadian passport.

Shukrijumah was spotted in Honduras earlier this year, FBI officials said, and used to reside in Trinidad and Tobago, off the coast of Latin America. “He is believed to be one of the most dangerous cell leader below the leadership of al-Qaeda who plans to hurt the United States,” Art Werge, spokesman for the FBI in El Paso, said.

Officials said Shukrijumah might be using immigrant-smuggling routes through Central America and Mexico to get to the border…

He ain’t alone. The London Telegraph covers our terrorist-friendly border woes here. (When will one of our national newspapers cover this story? More background here and here.) On a related note, Arizona’s KVOA-TV investigates “Terrorist Alley:”

Here’s what the Eyewitness News 4 Investigators uncovered.

“It’s a Muslim prayer blanket. It was found about a mile and a half west from the Douglas port of entry in 2001.”

Larry Vance is a rancher who lives near the U.S.-Mexico border in Douglas, Arizona.

For years, he says he’s watched – and documented – thousands of illegals crossing the border and running away to eventual arrest… or freedom and anonymity somewhere in this country.

And in just one hour, during this stake-out along the border between Douglas and bBisbee, The Investigators count 198 illegals in five different groups crossing into the U.S. with no resistance.

Watch as they huddle in the bushes, then climb thru a few strands of barbed wire and run for freedom.

We called Border Patrol and waited another full hour, but no one ever came…

Meanwhile, Joe D’Agostino at Human Events reports that there is no extra scrutiny for Middle Easterners at the Mexican border:

U.S. government policy requires that young Middle Eastern men who are caught crossing illegally into the United States from Mexico be treated the same as illegal aliens from elsewhere in the world–meaning that if they don’t have criminal records, don’t appear on government watch lists and are not deemed to be suspicious by the federal law enforcement officers who interview them, they most likely will be released into the U.S. population.

All 19 of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers were young men from Saudi Arabia and Egypt. None of them had criminal records, not all were on watch lists, and few apparently raised significant suspicions among American border or visa authorities.

“The law does not differentiate based on nationality. So enforcement does not differ based on nationality,” says Reed Little, Detention and Enforcement Officer for the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He added that ICE officials must justify their actions before immigration judges.

Asked if a 25-year-old man from Saudi Arabia would be treated at all differently from other illegal aliens coming across the Mexican border, ICE spokesman Manny Van Pelt said, “No…”

Heavens, no. We wouldn’t wanna…profile.

Update: To make matters worse, here‘s a story about a new ACLU/Muslim rights’ groups lawsuit fishing for evidence of disparate enforcement against illegal Arab/Muslim aliens:

A coalition of civil liberties and immigrant rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in an attempt to force the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to hand over information on immigration crackdowns in Illinois since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks…

The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center and the Muslim Civil Rights Center.

The groups said they want the information to understand the scope and impact of post-9/11 policies that have hurt immigrants in Illinois. The groups want to know the number and nationality of people detained or deported in high-profile immigration-enforcement actions.

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