A Congressional Homeland Security report accuses Venezuela of providing support that could help terrorists infiltrate the United States through Texas' porous border with Mexico.
The Subcommittee on Investigations of the House Homeland Security Committee found that the government of President Hugo Chavez has issued thousands of identity documents that could help terrorists elude immigration checks and illegally enter the United States.
Federal law enforcement personnel told the subcommittee's staff that it is difficult to provide the total number of Special Interest Aliens entering the U.S. because they pay large amounts of money, between $15,000 and $60,000, to employ the more effective Mexican alien smuggling organizations and are less likely to be apprehended.
McCaul is concerned that Chavez is turning Venezuela into a staging area for terrorism in America's backyard, "We know that Mr. Chavez in Venezuela has openly embraced the Islamic jihad world. We know that Hezbollah operatives have been given safe haven in Venezuela. So the threat is very real."
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