Between October 1 and mid-November of last year, 2 Afghans and 22 Pakistanis reportedly surrendered to Border Patrol agents.
  • Between October 1 and mid-November of last year, 2 Afghans and 22 Pakistanis reportedly surrendered to Border Patrol agents.
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Among the several dozen Pakistani and Afghan men who have entered the U.S. illegally, coming into San Diego from Tijuana, two were found to have ties to terrorist groups, according to a letter sent by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter to the Department of Homeland Security.

Muhammad Azeem and Muktar Ahmad, both in their 20s, surrendered to U.S. Border Patrol agents in September, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. One was listed on the Terrorist Screening Database for “associations with a known or suspected terrorist. The other was a positive match for derogatory information in an alternative database,” according to Hunter’s letter.

Azeem and Ahmad are among dozens of men — described by Border Patrol agents as “military age and carrying U.S. cash” who began entering the U.S. through a Tijuana-based human-smuggling pipeline in September.

Pakistanis and Afghans crossing the border illegally in the San Diego sector are pretty unusual, according to Border Patrol statistics. In 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained fewer than 400 Pakistanis throughout the entire United States — at the ports of entry, airports, and along the border between ports.

Between October 1, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2015, the San Diego sector of the Border Patrol detained 18 Pakistanis and 1 Afghan, according to Border Patrol statistics. Between October 1 and mid-November of last year, 2 Afghans and 22 Pakistanis reportedly surrendered to Border Patrol agents.

“We have detained more Pakistanis and Afghans in the first month of this fiscal year than we did all last year,” assistant chief Richard Smith confirmed in November.

In the month and a half since mid-November, 3 more Afghans and 6 more Pakistanis were detained by the Border Patrol (not including those detained at the ports of entry).

Customs officials did not return calls for their statistics on detentions at the ports of entry.

The decline in arrests had not lessened concerns, however. Federal agents say they believe that the Pakistanis have begun making an effort to avoid being caught.

Until November, they would enter in groups and seek a federal agent to surrender to, according to union officials. It is believed that they did this because illegal entrants who are not Mexican citizens and who are deemed to not pose a significant threat are generally given a date to appear at immigration court and then released on their own recognizance. (Central Americans coming to Texas and the Roma in San Diego both used the same method to enter the U.S. in the past two years.)

But that method has changed, National Border Patrol Council president Terence Shigg said. While the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector continues to apprehend Pakistanis and Afghans, they are now finding them travelling alone and often farther north of the border than the earlier surrenders.

“It’s very concerning,” Shigg said. “We have no idea what their actual intentions are because we have no effective way of backtracking. Just the males are coming and there’s no way for us to know for certain who they are and why.”

Both Azeem and Ahmad remain in ICE custody, spokeswoman Lauren Mack confirmed. ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations is part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, she noted, and works closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on terrorism-related investigations.

Stratfor vice president of intelligence Fred Burton, interviewed last month, noted that identity documents from Afghanistan and Pakistan should set off alarms.

“The challenge of getting these individuals is getting who they actually are confirmed — proving identity is difficult in that environment,” Burton said. “Afghanistan and Pakistan do not have a robust identification system — these are places where there is tremendous potential for official document and visa fraud.”

Shigg said he believes that federal officials should be talking openly about this new development and committing more resources to keeping people from such countries in custody until they can be completely vetted.

“It’s not as if they don’t have the systems to sort, but they have to dedicate the resources and detention space to sorting this out,” he said. “These are credible threats.”

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AlexClarke Jan. 5, 2016 @ 2:56 p.m.

Gee who knew? No problem as we welcome everyone no matter their religion or their immigration status. Of course as illegal immigrants they will not be eligible for welfare but if they had come in as refugees they would get housing, food, money and jobs ahead of American citizens. We can never have enough cab drivers or janitors or any low wage job that Americans won't do. We are a welcoming people who will embrace anyone no matter who they are. Some may be terrorists but we already have them here so a few more won't matter. We can not discriminate against Pakistani and Afghan men of military age and not include Mexican men of the same age. Bring them on and if the private sector is unwilling to hire them our PC government will hire them. Creating ghettos is an American value which will enrich our country.


SalULloyd Jan. 15, 2016 @ 2:45 p.m.

Yeah, I'm very familiar with your past posts (i.e. "chulajuana"), so WE know where you are coming from.

Now, git back to your Faux News, I think the estrogen commercial is OVER.


2ndprotectsall Jan. 6, 2016 @ 5:45 a.m.

Still wondering why we need to seal the borders?


Stansteam75 Jan. 6, 2016 @ 6:59 a.m.

EVER wonder why we aren't enforcing our laws?


DindooNuffin Jan. 6, 2016 @ 5:55 a.m.

You are a sanctuary sh*tty, sounds like you're going to be ground zero for Obama's new bro's to test out their love. Own the fail and remember, we're all laughing at you so don't you Californicans go changin now, heah?


sb113411 Jan. 6, 2016 @ 7:07 a.m.

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danfogel Jan. 6, 2016 @ 7:43 a.m.

WOW!! Lot's of new posters here today. And they ALL just joined today. Pretty good odds that they are all the same person. Likely all sockpuppets. Well, the more the merrier!! HAHAHAHAHAHA


dwbat Jan. 6, 2016 @ 1:11 p.m.

Yes, looks like the Trumpsters took over the FB comments to this piece.


danfogel Jan. 6, 2016 @ 8:35 p.m.

Looks like a wingnuts anonymous meeting just let out. Time to open a beer and to get some more wood for the fireplace and stove. This is gonna take a while to sort thru.


Red__Mercury Jan. 7, 2016 @ 8:56 a.m.

Let me summarize: Obama is going to send orders any day now for Muslims to attack us, his goal from the day he announced his candidacy was to facilitate terrorists to invade USA, purging all Muslims from USA is the only sensible thing to do, Obama is planning to take our guns and give them to terrorists etc etc. What this has to do with two men approaching CBP at the border and making an asylum application is beyond me.....Maybe San Diego Reader thought it was time to pander to the lunatic, extremist fringe - shame on them for writing such a poorly researched and misleading article. But if their intent was to flush out the crazies then they sure succeeded!!!!


danfogel Jan. 7, 2016 @ 9:02 a.m.

As I said, wingnuts anonymous and sockpuppets!!!


RickyPee Jan. 6, 2016 @ 8:16 a.m.

Too bad that the EPA has forced all the coal mines to close in West Virginia and Wyoming. With their explosives training, we could have used these Pashtuns to open new coal veins below the they would be using their suicide vests, there would be no necessity for payroll or benefits. Could actually make our largest resource available for energy in spite of EPA regulations....and the plants would love it!


RickyPee Jan. 6, 2016 @ 8:29 a.m.

Maybe we could find some Shiite terrorists (Kuds Forces, Iraqi Militia, etc) at Gitmo and offer them security positions along the border to intercept Sunni "Holy Warriors". We could provide them with necessary gear such as movie cameras, hatchets, gasoline cans, young boys, etcetra, to carry out their 007 missions. Sort of like importing cats to get rid of rats. They enjoy "desert life" and we could provide some local sheep or goats for mealtime and evening entertainment. No fence required!


Ponzi Jan. 6, 2016 @ 9:32 a.m.

There is an individual here in San Diego that is part of an "underground railroad" bringing "refugees" from the Middle East. His name is Mark Arabo. This is an excerpt from a story in the San Diego Union Tribune:

"Growing impatient, last year Arabo founded the Minority Humanitarian Foundation, a nonprofit that supports Chaldeans and other persecuted religious minorities — and, he said, runs an “underground railroad” that transports Iraqi refugees into San Diego.

While Arabo would not reveal details of his operation, Hirmiz said his family’s escape was engineered by the El Cajon resident. Their journey began on Aug. 15, 2014, when they boarded a truck in their northern Iraqi village, Batnaya, and rode to the Turkish frontier. There, a contact supplied them with a packet of plane tickets — from Turkey to a European hub, Europe to Mexico City, Mexico City to Tijuana. Hirmiz and his fellow travelers fly into Mexico, Arabo said, because the U.S. demands visas of foreign travelers. His refugees lack those documents."

So it should be no surprise that Middle Eastern migrants are showing up at the border. They have inside help. Arabo has no less than confessed that he is part of a Middle East illegal immigration operation.


shirleyberan Jan. 6, 2016 @ 6:32 p.m.

Are you Effing kidding me? How does Republican memory begin at just 8 years ago? Oh, I know, creation theory.


shirleyberan Jan. 6, 2016 @ 8:48 p.m.

Maybe wingnuts anon can send some beer and chicken wings to the "militia" in Oregon before those gunners head to prison for quite a time.


shirleyberan Jan. 7, 2016 @ 9:40 a.m.

I think the illiterate came here to express themselves because of the cover story title where the simple story is about a beauty pageant, "Trump is the Enemy" unrelated but OK.


jnojr Jan. 7, 2016 @ 9:48 a.m.

Now how did I know the regular screechy Obamanauts would show up to poo-poo this? "Obama says everything's OK, so if you don't think everything's OK, you're a wingnut!" Seriously, some of you people are unbelievable. You willfully refuse to see what's going on right in front of your face. The liberal's capability to ignore reality is astonishing.


RookBeyer Jan. 7, 2016 @ 12:27 p.m.

This President has been a complete disaster for the Republicans, and great for the rest of America. The Republicans have been wrong about EVERYTHING. Idiots who waste everyone's time and money and who think that millions of Americans getting healthcare is the greatest crime ever committed. Obama is a foreigner - WRONG. Obama is a Muslim - WRONG. Obama is incompetent - WRONG. Obama is a tyrant - WRONG. I am surprised you dimwits have not rushed up to Oregon to play fort with your brother white supremacists/armed trespasser/tax cheats.

fear fear fear fear guns guns fear fear fear fear guns guns fear fear fear fear fear fear


SDObserver Jan. 8, 2016 @ 4:59 p.m.

If only this would make headlines where it would count more: Washington DC and, secondarily, Sacramento.


Rocket_J_Squirrel Jan. 18, 2016 @ 8:58 p.m.

OK the rest of the 7.5 billion people on the planet - "COME ON IN!" (please bring your own toilet paper though - we don't have enough here - or anything else, for that matter).


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