Iranian national arrested after illegally crossing into Texas amid Biden border crisis, processed as ‘special interest alien’
Border Patrol agents apprehended an Iranian migrant who illegally entered the United States on Sunday from Eagle Pass, Texas.
Breitbart News reports that the adult Iranian male is of “fighting age” and had illegally crossed the border with around 130 Venezuelans.
The Iranian was apprehended and processed as a “Special Interest Alien,” which the Department of Homeland Security classifies as a non-US citizen who potentially poses a national security risk to the United States, such as terrorism or a nexus to terrorism.
According to the DHS “SIA” document, illegal immigrants are given the classification once “DHS analysis includes an examination of travel patterns, points of origin, and/or travel segments that are tied to current assessments of national and international threat environments.”
On Thursday, Border Patrol agents working the Eagle Pass sector apprehended two adult males from Lebanon, whose home country’s terrorist group, Hezbollah, pledged allegiance to Hamas terrorists and is aiding them in their current war against Israel.
Furthermore, Border Patrol agents working in the Rio Grande sector apprehended 14 adult males from Syria within the past several days.
The apprehensions of Middle Eastern and North African illegal immigrants follow reports that 151 people on the FBI terror watchlist illegally entered the United States in 2023. This number is higher than the previous six years combined.
In addition, tens of thousands of “Special Interest Aliens” were apprehended at the US/Southern border between October 2021 and October 2023, according to a Fox News report.
This includes 6,386 nations from Afghanistan, 3,153 from Egypt, 659 from Iran, 538 from Syria, 30,830 from Turkey, 1,613 from Pakistan, 164 from Lebanon, 185 from Jordan, 139 from Yemen, 123 from Iraq, 15,594 from Mauritania, and 13,624 from Uzbekistan.
These numbers, which span from October 2021 to October 2023, do not include encounters by CBP’s Office of Field Operations at ports or entry, nor the over 1.5 million “gotaways” that have snuck into the country under the Biden administration.
A source within Border Patrol told Breitbart News that the amount of SIA’s illegally crossing the US/Southern border is alarming and poses a threat to national security.
“It’s understandable that people will flee from countries where terrorism exists, but with such high numbers of migrants from everywhere crossing daily, it’s hard to distinguish between those fleeing the conditions and those who may be actively participating in those activities,” the source told the outlet.
The Biden administration has allowed millions of illegal immigrants to flood through the US/Southern border due to its open-border policies since taking over the White House in 2021, which has created an existential crisis across the United States. In fiscal year 2023, more than 2 million illegal immigrants were apprehended at the US/Southern border.