Eight Syrians were apprehended earlier this week at the Juarez Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas, known officially as Port of Entry 1, federal agents told Breibart News Wednesday.
The Department of Homeland Security released a statement to NBCDFW confirming two Syrian families were taken into custody:
DHS confirms that on Tuesday, members of two Syrian families, two men, two women and four children, presented themselves at a port of entry in Laredo. They were taken into custody by CBP and turned over to ICE for further processing. The two adult women and four children were transferred to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. The two men from these families are being held at the South Texas Detention Center in Pearsall Texas. Due to privacy issues, no additional information will be provided at this time.
This comes as lawmakers prepare to vote on suspending the program to bring Syrians into the country until national security agencies certify they don’t pose a security risk. The president has threatened to veto the bill, but it’s possible that the measure could pass through the House with a veto-proof majority.
On Fox Business’ Varney and Company this morning, former U.S. intelligence officer Andrew Peek noted that the president could do a better job explaining the situation to the American people:
After five years of civil war, it sure doesn’t look like it’s under control. And I don’t think a lot of Americans have a lot of trust or sympathy for the vetting procedures, either.