“These individuals are going to take the path of least resistance. And I’m sad to say that that path is the border.”
MCALLEN – For the first time, Homeland Security openly admitted a Pakistani woman captured in McAllen has terrorist ties.
Farida Ahmed was caught at the McAllen-Miller International Airport in 2004. She was on her way to New York with $7,000 in cash and a South African passport.
We learned she had swum across the river into the U.S.
At the time, NEWSCHANNEL 5 uncovered Ahmed was on a terror watch list. The information confirmed off the record through our sources.
Just this week, Texas Homeland Security Director Steve McCraw admitted publicly that Ahmed did have terrorist ties to an insurgent group in Pakistan. The group reportedly smuggles Afghanis and other foreign nationals.
Fred Burton is a counterterrorism expert recently appointed to the Texas Border Security Council.
He says, “You had an individual that had associations with an international terrorist organization all probability that would have been a jihadist group.”
Burton recalls the Ahmed case. He tells us there are ongoing investigations right now.
“These individuals are going to take the path of least resistance. And I’m sad to say that that path is the border,” says Burton.