The Tunisian terrorist suspect had been denied refugee status in Germany.
The terrorist suspect who allegedly killed a dozen and wounded many more was already suspected for connections to terrorism and had somehow failed to be deported.
According to the Washington Post,
The prime suspect sought in the deadly attack on a Berlin Christmas market — a 24-year-old Tunisian migrant — was the subject of a terrorism probe in Germany earlier this year and was not deported even though his asylum bid was rejected, a senior German official said Wednesday.
The terrorist suspect is Anis Amri who is now the object of a national manhunt. He is considered armed and dangerous.
His record, however, further deepened the political fallout from Monday’s bloodshed — pointing to flaws in the German deportation system and putting a harsh light on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s humanitarian bid to open the nation’s doors to nearly 1 million asylum seekers last year.
Although the vast majority of those who flooded into Europe were on the move to escape war and unrest, dozens of terrorism suspects have slipped into Germany and neighboring nations posing as migrants. Amri, officials said, was not part of the surge of migrants who entered Europe via the onetime main route from Turkey and Greece — a path that has been now largely cut off.
Rather, he came to Germany last year via Italy, where he apparently had entered as early as 2012. He applied for German asylum but was rejected in June and later faced deportation.
Amri was the subject of a terrorism probe on suspicion of “preparing a serious act of violent subversion,” and he had known links to Islamist extremists, authorities said.
Why a failed asylum seeker with such links and no passport was walking German streets is “the question 82 million Germans probably want an answer to,” said Rainer Wendt, Chairman of the German Police Union.
But will they ever get an answer?
This isn’t the first time that, in addition to immigration laws and security policies being too lax, they aren’t even followed. After the Boston Marathon bombing, it turned out that Russian intelligence had informed the U.S. authorities about the Tsarnaev brothers. Yet they were still at large and able to set up a bomb.
The fact is that, even with systems in place, sometimes human error or inaction leaves the populace in danger. If government workers get the idea that deporting immigrants is a low priority to the politicians, then they will be slow to carry out those duties.
In this case, the authorities allowed the fact that Amri didn’t have a Tunisian passport prevent him from being deported in a timely matter. They granted him legal residence until he got a new passport. They did this despite his known associations.
Importantly, authorities knew that Amri had “interacted” with Abu Walaa, a 32-year-old of Iraqi descent arrested in November on charges of recruiting and sending fighters from Germany to the Islamic State. Key evidence in Walaa’s case came from an Islamic State defector who had returned to Germany and accused Walaa of helping to recruit him and arrange his travel to Syria.
“Anis Amri was engaging with extremist salafist circles in Germany,” a German security official said.
According to Karen Müller, spokeswoman for the Berlin prosecutor, Amri had also been under police surveillance for several months until September of this year, because he was suspected of planning a burglary in Berlin to finance the purchase of weapons. The suspicion wasn’t confirmed. He was, she said, found only to be a small-time drug dealer.
So a foreign resident who is merely “a small-time drug dealer” gets to stay? That makes no sense!