Iranian National With Terror Ties Caught Crossing US Border Illegally

( – If the sheer mass of migrants attempting to cross the U.S. border – both illegally and legally – weren’t cause enough for concern in and of itself, officers from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently caught an Iranian with ties to terrorist organizations attempting to enter the U.S. illegally.

Law enforcement officials have not released the person’s name, but news outlets reported that the federal government, through the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Buffalo’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), have deported the individual to Canada. The person of interest is reportedly wanted in Canada on assault charges. He was deported last December 21, after being detained in the U.S. for two months after being caught attempting to enter the country illegally. The said individual is also a Canadian permanent resident. 

According to reports, the man first attempted to cross legally through the U.S.-Canada border near Niagara Falls. However, he was denied entry by the CBP. After two days, however, he was caught by CBP agents attempting to illegally cross in the port of entry at Whirlpool Bridge.

In a statement on the deportation, Thomas Brophy, the ERO’s Director for its Buffalo Field Office, thanked the Canadian authorities for their cooperation, partnership, and help in “preventing dangerous individuals from fleeing justice.”

While U.S.’ Southern border is the main cause for concern for many, this recent incident also highlights the risks other ports of entry into the U.S. faces. According to a report from Fox News, in 2023 alone, the U.S.’ Northern border saw 484 encounters for individuals listed on the terror watchlist of the FBI. A threat assessment report released by the Department of Homeland Security says that terrorist agents may likely exploit the “elevated flow and increasingly complex security environment” in U.S. borders in order to gain entry into the country.

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