In the southern Texas sector of Eagle Pass, sources within CBP have confirmed that a concerning number of Middle Eastern migrants have been encountered by border patrol agents in just one week. A total of eleven individuals were apprehended during the week of October 8 to October 14, including six Iranian nationals, three Lebanese nationals, one Egyptian national, and one Saudi Arabian national.
These individuals arrived on the banks of the Rio Grande and have been classified as “Special Interest Aliens” by CBP.
According to the source, who is not authorized to speak to the media, these single adult males are considered Special Interest Aliens because they hail from countries that are subject to travel warnings by the U.S. State Department due to terrorism concerns. While there is currently no known threat from these migrants, they will still be released into the United States to pursue asylum claims.
The source further explains that the situation has become increasingly worrisome as tensions rise in the Middle East, particularly due to recent attacks by Hamas in Israel. The continued arrival of migrants from this region presents a challenge for CBP in terms of intelligence gathering and monitoring. Additionally, the source notes that it can be difficult to return these individuals to their home countries due to lack of diplomatic relations.
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Leaked Report From Customs & Border Patrol. Thousands From the Middle East Were Arrested at the U.S. Southern Border.
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— Robert Waloven (@comlabman) October 10, 2023
Since fiscal year 2023, which ended on September 30, over 61,000 Special Interest Aliens have been apprehended by the Border Patrol. This represents a significant increase from the previous year, when over 25,500 were encountered. In total, over 86,000 individuals from Special Interest countries have entered the United States illegally in the past two years.
The term “Special Interest Alien” is defined by DHS as a non-U.S. person who potentially poses a national security risk based on their travel patterns and behavior. This does not necessarily mean that all SIAs are terrorists, but rather that there is a possible connection to nefarious activities. Furthermore, the term does not imply any specific derogatory information about the individual, but rather serves as a red flag for heightened screening and investigation.
Out of the 280 countries represented by migrants apprehended in fiscal year 2023, 34 were considered Special Interest countries. The majority of these migrants hail from countries such as Afghanistan, Egypt, Somalia, and Bangladesh. However, there were also significant numbers from countries like Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
.@BillMelugin_ just posted that in the past two years, Border Patrol has stopped TENS OF THOUSANDS of illegals trying to bypass ports of entries from terror-prone countries in the Middle East.
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:
— Joey Mannarino (@JoeyMannarinoUS) October 10, 2023
These migrants are entering the country in small numbers every day at various points along the southwest border. Reports from Breitbart Texas indicate that Arizona has experienced a larger influx of migrants from outside the hemisphere, including those from Special Interest countries. During a recent visit to the border near Lukeville, Arizona, over 300 migrants from non-Spanish speaking countries were observed surrendering to Border Patrol agents. These individuals were from countries in western Africa, the Middle East, India, Pakistan, and China.
The ongoing arrival of Special Interest Aliens at the border presents a serious security concern for the United States. These individuals are entering in small numbers across various parts of the southwest border, and CBP must remain vigilant in monitoring their movements and potential threat to national security.