×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Skip to main content
Tags: lebanese | apprehended | texas | border

Report: Lebanese Nationals Apprehended at Texas Border

By    |   Friday, 13 October 2023 07:04 PM EDT

Customs and Border Protection apprehended two Lebanese nationals at the southern border Thursday, the latest in a spree of Middle Eastern "special interest aliens" trying to cross this week alone, Fox News reported.

The apprehension of 19 Iranians and 17 Syrians — in addition to the Lebanese men — this week in one border sector alone comes amid fears over the possibility of a terrorist attack in the United States linked to last weekend's massacre in Israel carried out by the terrorist group Hamas.

Former Hamas leader Khaled Mashal earlier this week called for a global day of anger — for Friday — in support of the terrorists who laid siege to Israel.

The Lebanese SIAs, both in their 20s, are undergoing extensive vetting by the FBI, according to the report. DHS defines SIAs as "a non-U.S. person who, based on an analysis of travel patterns, potentially poses a national security risk to the United States or its interests."

They are 2 of 164 Lebanese nationals encountered by CBP from October 2021 through this point in October, according to the Fox News report. Further, CBP encountered 6,386 nationals from Afghanistan, 3,153 from Egypt, 659 from Iran and 538 from Syria, according to the report.

Both Hamas, which operates in Gaza, and Hezbollah, the terrorist group in Lebanon, are linked to and funded by Iran.

A Department of Homeland Security threat assessment last month warned that "terrorists and criminal actors may exploit the elevated flow and increasingly complex security environment to enter the United States."

Former CBP acting Commissioner Mark Morgan told Newsmax on Monday that the chaos of the surging number of illegal migrants flooding the United States southern border could hide incoming terrorist cells like the Hamas cells activated in last weekend's attacks in Israel.

"In the past 32 months, we've had 1.6 million 'got-aways' [at the southern border]," Morgan said. "[That is] 1.6 million got-aways that we know nothing about. The truth is, we could have a terrorist planning cell in the United States right now planning the next terrorist attack; we would have no idea."

Mark Swanson

Mark Swanson, a Newsmax writer and editor, has nearly three decades of experience covering news, culture and politics.

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


US
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended two Lebanese nationals at the southern border Thursday, the latest in a spree of Middle Eastern "special interest aliens" trying to cross this week alone, Fox News reported. The apprehension of 19 Iranians and 17 Syrians ...
lebanese, apprehended, texas, border
344
2023-04-13
Friday, 13 October 2023 07:04 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved