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People from Countries Tied to Terrorism Stopped in the Borderland

POSTED: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 5:34pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 4:40am

EL PASO, TX - Thousands of illegal immigrants are caught every year in the Borderland, but they're not all from Mexico. News Channel 9 has learned just how many of these illegal are coming from states that sponsor terrorism.

It was a new level of violence seen in Juarez just about three weeks ago, car bombs. The sophistication of the attacks raised the question, where are the new weapons and tactics come from? After all, these types of attacks are usually seen in countries struggling with terrorism. So we investigated, and we found out since October more than 800 people, other than Mexicans, have been caught by El Paso Border Patrol.

"Most of these people are from Central and South America. There's always a small percentage of people from all of the countries through out the world," Ramiro Cordero said.

Cordero, the Spokesman for El Paso Border Patrol, provided us a list of how many people have been caught, along with which countries they're from. The list goes back about a year and some of the countries are surprising considering their ties to terrorism. Take a look.

Saudi Arabia 1
Pakistan 1
Libya 1
Iraq 2
Iran 2
Cuba 4

"Most of those, especially the Middle Easterners, are people that are apprehended either at our transportation hubs, or going through our check points," Cordero said.

Cordero says there is no intelligence that shows terrorists are exchanging weapons with drug cartels. He said a majority of the people from these countries likely entered the United States legally at some point and didn't have current paperwork when they were caught.

"I mean is the threat there? The threats always there. Are we prepared to face the threat? Always been," Cordero said.

We asked the El Paso FBI Spokeswoman if anyone caught in the Borderland has been tied to terrorist activity. She said she wasn't aware if any of them had been tied to specific terroristic threats.

Complete 'OTM' List: 

ALBANIA
2

ARMENIA
1

AUSTRIA
1

BANGLADESH
1

BRAZIL
14

CAMEROON
2

CANADA
5

CHILE
1

CHINA, PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF
20

COLOMBIA
32

COSTA RICA
10

CUBA
4

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
23

ECUADOR
14

EL SALVADOR
149

ERITREA
1

ETHIOPIA
1

GAMBIA
1

GUATEMALA
351

HONDURAS
161

INDIA
5

INDONESIA
3

IRAN
2

IRAQ
2

ISRAEL
9

JAMAICA
7

JAPAN
1

LAOS
1

LIBYA
1

LITHUANIA
1

MOLDOVA
2

MONGOLIA
1

NEPAL
4

NICARAGUA
10

PAKISTAN
1

PANAMA
1

PERU
10

PHILIPPINES
8

ROMANIA
18

SAUDI ARABIA
1

SOMALIA
2

SOUTH KOREA
16

SRI LANKA
1

SWEDEN
1

TAIWAN
1

THAILAND
1

TONGA
1

UNITED KINGDOM
4

URUGUAY
2

VENEZUELA
1

VIETNAM
1

OTMs Total
913

El Paso Border Patrol is also responsible for part of Hudspeth County, and New Mexico.

 

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