A group of 11 Iranians, six men and five women, were arrested near San Luis, Arizona, on the evening of Monday, February 1, after having illegally crossed the U.S. border from Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection published a press release that described the incident on February 2.
According to the press release, these Iranians were arrested on a bridge near County 21st Street and the Salinity Canal. Since they were found to have illegally crossed the U.S. border, they were taken to Yuma Station for processing.
There have already been a number of cases in the past when border patrol agents from the Yuma Sector have caught Iranian nationals trying to get into the U.S. through Mexico.
Eight others were stopped in the fiscal year 2020, while a total of 14 have been stopped already in this new and oncoming fiscal year, which officially began in October.
Possible Terrorism Connections?
These arrests happened not long after President Joe Biden essentially announced that the U.S. would be adopting a de facto near open borders policy going forward. He has ceased all construction on former President Trump’s border wall with Mexico, paused Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy for alleged asylum seekers from that country, and further announced his intention to grant amnesty to the approximately 11 million illegal aliens currently residing in the U.S.
Moreover, Biden has also ended Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban” — a policy that was not really a Muslim ban but rather a halt to immigration and travel to and from countries judged to have severe problems with terrorism.
Many predominantly Muslim countries were featured on the list to which the ban applied, but so were countries like North Korea and Venezuela.
Given these recent policy reversals and the documented connections existing between the Iranian government and terrorist organizations like Hamas, these new arrests bring up the specter of terrorists trying to sneak into America under cover of being immigrants or “refugees.” If the southern border is wide open, terrorists could well exploit the opportunity that it provides them.
The same has already been done on many occasions by ISIS with respect to European countries like France and Germany.
A Department of Homeland Security fact sheet from January of 2019 articulates this concern, stating, “There are thousands of individuals on the terrorist watchlist that traveled through our Hemisphere last year alone…The threat is real. The number of terror-watchlisted individuals encountered at our Southern Border has increased over the last two years.”