OTMs from countries of concern caught illegally attempting to enter the United States fromMexico between FY 07-09
:North Korea4Syria7Afghanistan12Yemen22Iran42Iraq42Somalia70Pakistan112Russia145China3,000U.S. law requires Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain illegal aliens andthen arrange a hearing. However, the sheer number of illegals captured (200,000 from Centraland South American countries during this FY07-09 period) means most are returned to their country of origin with a future court date if they wish to return and plead their case. Most do not.Terrorists and others with nefarious intentions have crossed into the United States at theMexican border. ICE investigations have revealed that aliens were moved from the Middle Eastto staging areas in Central and South America before being smuggled illegally into the UnitedStates. Also, ICE officials testified that members of Hezbollah have already entered the UnitedStates across the Southwest border.
A government report regarding this threat includes apparent photographic proof of radicalIslamist presence just north of the southwest border in the United States. A jacket found in JimHogg County, Texas, by the Border Patrol had Arabic military patches: one depicting an airplaneflying over a building and heading toward a tower, and another showing an image of a lion’shead with wings and a parachute emanating from the animal. The bottom of one patch read“martyr,” “way to eternal life,” or “way to immortality.”