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Non-Mex illegal crossings surge

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Of the 800,000 illegal aliens caught trying to sneak across the U.S.-Mexico border since October, more than 10 percent are from countries other than Mexico, posing serious national security issues.

“We’re now concerned about the potential for terrorists coming across the border because of the huge increases in ‘other than Mexicans,’ people coming from abroad through Mexico, across our southern border,” says Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz. “Our country has intelligence that tells us that al-Qaida specifically desires to bring people across our border.”

According to new Border Patrol numbers, a record 98,000 of these “other than Mexicans,” or OTMs, have been apprehended in the last eight months. That’s up 175 percent from this same time last year.

While OTMs are supposed to be held for deportation, because of overcrowded conditions in detention centers, 70 percent are released and few show up for immigration hearings.

Even those from countries on terrorist watch lists are released into the general population after a 180-day detention.


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