U.S. officials are monitoring various Latin countries to hopefully control the increase of illegal migrants from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East attempting to sneak into the United States.
Between October 2015 and May 2016, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency, which functions under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), detained 5,350 African and Asian migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to Reuters.
The apprehension of these illegal immigrants from Africa and Asia during that period mark an increase from those that took place during all of 2015 (4,261) and 2014 (1,831).
The Reuters report highlighted attempted forceful entry into the U.S. by migrants from Pakistan, Syria, and Afghanistan, which are considered to be countries with ties to terrorism.
Almost all of the countries that are considered by the United States to be linked to terrorism are located in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Now, American border agents are attempting to cauterize the bleeding by preventing illegal migrants from reaching the United States’ borders, by stopping them in Guatemala and Mexico.
U.S. agents deployed to an immigration facility on Mexico’s southern border have vetted the more than 640 migrants from countries outside the Americas who have been detained at the center since October 2015, according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents reviewed by Reuters…
The U.S. agents’ findings come as Mexican immigration data shows 6,342 Asian, African and Middle Eastern migrants were apprehended trying to enter Mexico in the first six months of this year. That was up from 4,261 in all of 2015, and 1,831 in 2014.
U.S. border apprehensions point to the same trend. Between October 2015 and May 2016, U.S. agents apprehended 5,350 African and Asian migrants at the U.S. Southwest border. That’s up from 6,126 in all of fiscal year 2015 and 4,172 in all of fiscal year 2014.
An official from CBP said,
“The reality is that the vast majority of the people that Mexico encounters that are extra-continental will eventually end up on our border.”
The Reuters report came soon after Central American authorities uncovered a human trafficking network dedicated to smuggling illegal migrants into the United States.
The top American military official in Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Chief, Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, emphatically warned that there is an array of networks that specialize in trafficking illegals into the United States from countries abroad.
Tidd also said that both the Shiite terror group and Iranian proxy Hezbollah, and the Sunni Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) are operating in that region.
Reuters points out:
Washington is seeking closer coordination with several Latin American countries to tackle a jump in migrants from Asia, Africa and the Middle East who it believes are trying to reach the United States from the south on an arduous route by plane, boat and through jungle on foot…
The migrants often fly to Brazil, obtain fake passports there, and are smuggled to Panama before heading through Central America to Mexico’s porous southern border, according to transcripts of 14 interviews conducted at the center and other internal briefing documents seen by Reuters…
U.S. concerns about potential security risks from migrants using the unusual and circuitous southern route have been growing in recent years, following a string of Islamic State-inspired attacks in the West and the surge in Syrian refugees fleeing that country’s civil war.
A CBP report explains that 75 countries have been taking advantage of the southern borders of the United States since 2014.