Five more Syrians have been detained at an international port of entry in Laredo, Texas. The Syrian group consisted of one family unit and two additional males. This is the second group of Syrians this week who have arrived at the international bridge in Laredo.
DHS has confirmed to KGNS-TV8’s Valerie Gonzalez in Laredo that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has taken five Syrians into custody after they presented themselves at an official port of entry in Laredo. The family consisted of a man, a woman and a child. Two other men also presented themselves.
The statement from CBP says they took the group into custody and ran background checks against numerous law enforcement and national security databases. No derogatory information was found on any of the individuals.
The Syrians were transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and are being taken to ICE detention facilities.
Earlier this week, Breitbart Texas’ Brandon Darby and Ildefonso Ortiz broke the news that eight Syrians had been caught at a port of entry in Laredo. The Syrians in that group were composed of two family units. They were also turned over to ICE and placed in detention facilities in Texas.
Darby said earlier this week on Breitbart News Daily, Sirius XM 125, that the presence of these Syrians arriving at the Laredo port of entry, combined with the Pakistanis and Afghans who were arrested in southern Arizona, shows there is a pipeline whereby people can travel from the Middle East to Mexico. They are then able to move quickly up to the American border and then cross, either at a port of entry like these two groups of Syrians have done, or by crossing the wide-open unsecured border like happened in Arizona.
The five Pakistani men and one man from Afghanistan were captured in southern Arizona after illegally crossing the porous border in the Tucson Sector. They were approximately 16 miles inside the U.S. border when they were captured. The six men were turned over to the FBI and transferred to Tucson.
Note: This article has been updated with additional information.
Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and is a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.