The House Homeland Security Committee has reported that individuals on federal terrorist watch databases have sought entrance to the United States within the recurring Central American illegal migrant ‘caravans.’
In the report released last week, titled “Stopping Terrorist Travel Through Illicit Pathways to the Homeland,” it was documented that two categories of foreign national relevant to national security were detected with the various caravans. The first consisted of SIA’s, or ‘special interest aliens.’ These consist of people linked to countries with significant terrorist presences, such as Iran, Syria or Iraq. The other category- KST’s, or ‘known or suspected terrorist,’- is used by American intelligence agencies to describe individuals with a substantial link to terrorist organizations or activities.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, an immigration policy organization that assisted in the research for the report, much of the evidence for a terrorist presence within the caravan remains classified. The report indicated that the Islamic State had encouraged its supporters with the means to do so to utilize the caravan as a way to enter the United States.
According to the House Report, Customs and Border Patrol agents “routinely” apprehend individuals from SIA-designated (special interest aliens) nations. This is consistent with previous reports of Border Patrol arresting individuals from seemingly far-fetched and dangerous nations such as Syria and Iran.
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