EXCLUSIVE: Iranian National Found in Large Migrant Group Apprehended at Border in Texas

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Source: Breitbart, By BOB PRICE and RANDY CLARK, October 15, 2023

EAGLE PASS, Texas — Border Patrol agents apprehended an Iranian migrant on Sunday after he crossed the border with a group of 130 migrants, according to a source operating with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Iranian migrant is described as a “fighting-age” single adult male.

Border Patrol agents processing a group of 130 mostly Venezuelan migrants found a single adult Iranian male hiding within the group. The agents processed the man as a “Special Interest Alien,” according to the source.

According to a 2019 DHS fact sheet, the term “Significant Interest Alien” (SIA) is defined as follows:

Generally, an SIA is a non-U.S. person who, based on an analysis of travel patterns, potentially poses a national security risk to the United States or its interests.  Often such individuals or groups are employing travel patterns known or evaluated to possibly have a nexus to terrorism.  DHS analysis includes an examination of travel patterns, points of origin, and/or travel segments that are tied to current assessments of national and international threat environments.

Breitbart Texas reported last week that a Department of Homeland Security report revealed that more than 61,000 Special Interest Aliens (SIA) were apprehended during the recently ended Fiscal Year 23.

Breitbart learned that agents in Eagle Pass also apprehended three more SIAs on Thursday. Those migrants traveled to the United States from Lebanon (2) and Egypt (1).