Report: Middle Eastern Immigrants Smuggled Across U.S. Border
Immigrants from terrorist hotbeds in the Middle East were smuggled into the United States across the Mexican border, according to a new report.
In one instance, a man from Afghanistan was found to have ties to the Taliban and was suspected of being involved in an attack plot.
That individual is in custody, but others reportedly made it across the border into the U.S, via a Brazil-based smuggling network that brought them to Mexico.
At least a dozen men - including Palestinians, Pakistanis and the one Afghan man - were reportedly helped by the smugglers.
The Washington Times reported:
The group, guided by two Mexicans employed by the smuggling network, crawled under the border fence in Arizona late last year and made it about 15 miles north before being detected by border surveillance, according to the documents, which were obtained by Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican.
The group of six men nabbed inside the U.S. — the Afghan and five men identified as Pakistanis — all made asylum claims when they were eventually caught by the Border Patrol. Mr. Hunter said his understanding is that the five men from Pakistan were released based on those claims and have disappeared.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) discussed the report on America's Newsroom this morning, explaining that Border Patrol agents generally assume that for every illegal they catch, two or three make it through.
He pointed out that when the Afghan man was caught, the Border Patrol's database did not flag him as a suspected terrorist. A separate database, which had different information, had to be used.
Hunter said he's trying to figure out why the government's databases are not in sync with each other and where the five Pakistanis are now.
"The American people would have had no clue on this if we didn't get these documents from Homeland Security," said Hunter, faulting the Obama administration for consistently claiming that those who cross the border illegally are simply "nice people" who want jobs.
Hunter, who is supporting Donald Trump, noted that the Afghan man was able to crawl under a fence at the border before he was caught 15 miles into the U.S.
Watch the interview above.