By George Rodriguez, August 17, 2021
As Afghanistan falls to the Taliban, border security against terrorism becomes a concern, particularly with President Joe Biden’s open border and lax immigration policies. How many people remember the PLO supporter that was arrested in Brownsville, TX, in 2019?
In April 2019, in Cameron County, TX, federal authorities investigated possible Middle Eastern terrorist activities on the Texas-Mexico border. As a result, authorities detained Palestinian-born George Rafidi, whom court records reveal pleaded guilty to being involved with a Palestinian terrorist organization.
The plea resulted in three warrants which led to several raids early Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Brownsville, Laguna Heights, and San Benito. Rafidi had prior criminal charges in the Rio Grande Valley.
The local news reported that Rafidi was born in Palestine, but news reporters were unsure which nation they meant since Palestine does not exist.
In 1997, he pleaded guilty to having ties to the popular front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLO), a U.S. government-designated a terrorist organization. Rafidi was also detained in the Middle East, but he was released as a prisoner exchange between Israel and Jordan.
Rafidi entered the U.S. on a tourist’s visa during Dec. 2000, but not through Mexico. In 2018, he was accused of lying to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services about past legal problems. As a result, federal and local law enforcement agencies raided a luxurious home in Brownsville. Meanwhile, other law enforcement officials raided a car lot named Rafidi Auto Sales in Laguna Heights.
Rafidi’s proximity to the international border, which had security problems at that time, raised concerns. The wide-open border in 2021, coupled with the fall of Afghanistan and the liberal attitude toward American security by Biden and the Democrats, should cause greater concerns.
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