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Mexican cops capture Somali illegals headed for U.S.

Chiapas, Mexico, has a growing Mexican Muslim population.
Chiapas, Mexico, has a growing Mexican Muslim population.

Mexican cops on Sunday apprehended six Somali illegal immigrants who claimed they were abandoned in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, by human traffickers they paid to help sneak them into the United States, according to La Prensa.

The Somali men claimed they had been wandering the region near Mexico's border with Guatemala for eight days after being left to fend for themselves by the human traffickers, according to the Chiapas Attorney General's Office.

But according to Nicholas Grassio, an American law enforcement and border security veteran, Mexican authorities should be more suspicious and should validate the Somalis' story.

"It's a little known fact that a Spanish-speaking Muslim community sprung up in Chiapas near the Guatemalan border. According to several reports, there are about 500-to-600 Mexican Muslims residing in that area and some are considered extremist at least in their teachings," said Grassio.

Grassio also pointed out that there have been several incidents of Somali terrorists being arrested in the United States for their activities, according to an Examiner report.

According to the Mexican news media, the Somali illegals were given food and water as well as medical attention for their dehydration. They were also provided access to legal counsel.

Mexican officials said on Sunday that military troops and National Immigration Ministry agents detained 1,500 illegal aliens, the majority of them Guatemalans, last month.

"While illegal immigrants in the United States have held huge rallies in the U.S., without any consequences, the thousands and thousands of undocumented Central Americans in Mexico endure their inhumane treatment in silent fear. In fact, Mexico's constitution prohibits non-citizens from participating in protests or other public demonstrations against the Mexican government," according to an Examiner news story.

"U.S. Homeland Security Department directorates should be alerted by the State Department about these six Somalis just in case they are released by the Mexicans and they decide to again attempt entering the United States illegally," said former Capt. Grassio.

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