Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Muslim cleric caught being smuggled from Mexico

The reasons for closing the border to Mexican trucks just keep piling up.

Here's the latest: a controversial Muslim cleric who had been deported from Canada was caught being smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico.

The UK Daily Mail has the story:
U.S. border guards got a surprise when they searched a Mexican BMW and found a hardline Muslim cleric - banned from France and Canada - curled up in the boot.

Said Jaziri, who called for the death of a Danish cartoonist that drew pictures of the prophet Mohammed, was being smuggled into California when he was arrested, along with his driver Kenneth Robert Lawler.

The 43-year-old was deported from Canada to his homeland Tunisia in 2007 after it emerged he had lied on his refugee application about having served jail time in France.
Jaziri wasn't the first person to try to sneak into the U.S., of course. He allegedly paid an established smuggling cartel in Tijuana to smuggle him over the border.

If you haven't been following this, the Department of Transportation wants to open the border to Mexican trucks with another pilot program. The Teamsters will fight like hell against the plan because it will undermine highway safety, American jobs and border security.