Terry Jeffrey

The would-be suicide bomber who allegedly tried to attack the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago is living proof the people who run our government are not serious about enforcing our immigration laws.

Amine El Khalifi was born in 1983. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he had been in the United States illegally for more than a decade when he attended an inopportune meeting in the presence of someone the FBI would later describe as a "confidential human source."

This meeting convened in the same town in which the Pentagon is located and could not have been more than several miles from the Capitol itself.

"In or about January 2011, a confidential human source reported to the FBI that El Khalifi met with other individuals at a residence in Arlington, Va., on or about Jan. 11, 2011," said an affidavit that FBI Supervisory Special Agent Steven W. Hersem submitted on Feb. 17 to the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va.

"During this meeting, one individual produced what appeared to be an AK-47, two revolvers and ammunition," said Hersem.

"El Khalifi expressed agreement with a statement by this individual that the 'war on terrorism' was a 'war on Muslims,' and said that the group needed to be ready for war," said Hersem.

Who was this Khalifi, and what was he doing in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., in January 2011?

According to the FBI affidavit, El Khalifi came to the United States from North Africa -- as a teenage tourist.

"El Khalifi was born in Morocco and entered the United States on or about June 27, 1999, on a B2 Visa (authorizing tourism travel)," the FBI's Hersem told the federal court. "El Khalifi's visa expired in 1999, and he has been living in the United States illegally since that date. El Khalifi has never applied for citizenship."

When 19 young al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four planes on Sept. 11, 2001, and flew them into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pa., killing about 3,000 Americans, El Khalifi was an 18-year-old Moroccan illegal alien who had already been living in the United States for two years.

So far, virtually the only alleged facts the federal government has submitted to the federal court about what Khalifi did and where he went in the years before 2011 are that he entered the country as a "tourist" in 1999 and that had been here illegally ever since.

Terry Jeffrey

Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSNews

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