8 Syrians caught at Texas border trying to enter US illegally
While President Obama is doing an excellent impersonation of Mad Magazine's Alfred E. Neuman ("What? Me worry"?) when talking about Syrian refugees, the border patrol is making a mockery of his words.
Agents have told Breitbart Texas that eight Syrians have been apprehended at the border trying to enter the U.S. illegally. Obviously, that doesn't mean they're terrorists. But if we caught eight, how many have slipped in who might be connected to ISIS?
Two federal agents operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are claiming that eight Syrian illegal aliens attempted to enter Texas from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. The federal agents spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity, however, a local president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) confirmed that Laredo Border Patrol agents have been officially contacting the organization with concerns over reports from other federal agents about Syrians illegally entering the country in the Laredo Sector. The reports have caused a stir among the sector’s Border Patrol agents.
The sources claimed that eight Syrians were apprehended on Monday, November 16, 2015. According to the sources, the Syrians were in two separate “family units” and were apprehended at the Juarez Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas, also known officially as Port of Entry 1.
Border Patrol agent and NBPC Local 2455 President Hector Garza told Breitbart Texas, “Border Patrol agents who we represent have been contacting our organization to voice concerns about reports from other agents that Syrians crossed the U.S. border from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. Our agents have heard about Syrians being apprehended in the area from other federal agents.” Agent Garza added, “At this time, I cannot confirm or deny that Syrians have crossed, for security reasons.”
Agent Garza further stated that in matters as sensitive as Syrians crossing the border from Mexico, it would be highly unlikely that federal agencies would publicize it or inform a broad group of law enforcement. He did say that Local 2455 is taking the reports seriously and that they “will be issuing an officer safety bulletin advising Border Patrol agents to exercise extra precautions as they patrol the border.”
Of course federal agencies aren't publicizing this. Mustn't upset the voters, right? It's just widows and orphans who are coming in anyway and are likley to achieve refugee status regardless of whether they tried to sneak in or not.
Meanwhile, farther south, the Honduran government announced they had detained six Syrians with fake passports who were on their way to the U.S.:
Honduran authorities said on Wednesday they had intercepted six Syrian nationals traveling on doctored Greek passports in the past week, including five who had been trying to reach the United States.
Police said there were no signs of any links to last week's deadly attacks in Paris that killed 129 people. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the shooting and suicide bombing assault.
Five of the men were detained late on Tuesday in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, on arrival from Costa Rica, and had been planning to head to the border with neighboring Guatemala, police said. They said passports had been doctored to replace the photographs with those of the Syrians.
Anibal Baca, a Honduras police spokesman, said the five were trying to reach the United States.
A sixth man was turned away on Friday on arrival by plane from El Salvador, and was sent back. They are the first such cases of attempted illegal entry by Syrians into Honduras since the Central American country started compiling records in 2010.
However, the case appears to form part of a spate of such incidents. Police in the former Dutch Caribbean colony of St Maarten on Saturday arrested three men they believed to be Syrians who arrived on a flight from Haiti and were traveling on false Greek passports.
In Paraguay, police detained a Syrian man on Sunday who was traveling on a stolen Greek passport.
Because nothing says "real refugee wanting asylum in U.S." quite like carrying a doctored, fake, or stolen passport.
The point isn't that all these Syrians are terrorists. The point is we don't know. What is so difficult to understand about that? It's nice to feel pity for the poor refugees fleeing war and death, but at whose expense? The Obama administration is accusing Republicans of spreading fear while the administration and their allies are manipulating the emotions of the American people to accept their expansive view about the safety of letting in thousands of people without proper vetting.
Who's more cynical?
The House will likely pass a refufee bill that would slow down the process of allowing refugees into the US. Even many Democrats are expected to support the measure. It is the president who is playing partisan politics with this issue, not Republicans who are only demanding a common sense approach to the issue.