An Afghani man captured after crossing the U.S. border illegally has links to the Taliban, according a report.
The man was taken from the Middle East to a smuggling network based in Brazil before being taken up through Mexico and getting caught by Border Patrol 15 miles into Arizona, documents given to The Washington Times by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said.
Homeland Security officials said that man, who is currently in custody, had been “involved in a plot to conduct an attack in the U.S. and/or Canada.”
Hunter, who is most well known for “vaping” in Congress, has sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declaring his displeasure that the man’s terrorist connections were not initially found.
In November, shortly after the man and five Pakistanis were arrested, security screeners told KSAZ that “record checks revealed no derogatory information about the individuals.”
Hunter’s documents reportedly revealed that the FBI’s Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment listed the Afghan man as having suspect ties.
The incident led to an investigation by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, which issued a report about possible smuggling routes from the Middle East to Mexico in March.
The report, obtained by KPNX, said that smugglers in Mexico had received dozens of money transfers from the Middle East or from people with Middle Eastern names.
It did not have any evidence to link the transfers to any sort of terrorist activity.