Yesterday, Breitbart News posted a bombshell of a report alleging that 8 Syrians in “two family groups” had been apprehended in an attempt to cross the U.S.–Mexico border near Laredo, Texas. The post has since gone viral having been shared almost 50,000 times on Facebook and with a top-of-the page link on the Drudge Report:
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 19, 2015
So far, however, there’s been no acknowledgment from the Border Patrol of the incident. From Breitbart:
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.
With that said, Texas Governor Greg Abbott did comment on the report last night, writing “THIS is why Texas is vigilant about Syrian refugees”:
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 19, 2015
That’s not quite a confirmation of the story and here’s hoping Gov. Abbott’s office can get the Border Patrol on the record so we can find out what’s going on.
Update. DHS has responded to the Breitbart story, via NBC News:
DHS confirms that on Tuesday, members of two Syrian families, two men, two women and four children, presented themselves at a port of entry in Laredo. They were taken into custody by CBP and turned over to ICE for further processing. The two adult women and four children were transferred to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. The two men from these families are being held at the South Texas Detention Center in Pearsall Texas. Due to privacy issues, no additional information will be provided at this time.
Again — more information, please.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated.