TheBlaze TV's For the Record says it has exclusively learned that a man who entered the U.S. illegally in February 2015 was suspected of being a "Russian asset sent to infiltrate the U.S."
"The man said he was a former Iraqi soldier who had recently lived in Ukraine and was on his way to Maryland," a For the Record narrator said in a preview of the show that aired on The Glenn Beck Program Tuesday. "According to a DHS intelligence document, the apprehending agent suspected that the man was actually a Russian asset sent to infiltrate the U.S."
Glenn Beck interviewed Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, who appears in the For the Record special airing Wednesday.
"We've seen people from Iraq. We've seen people Syria, Turkey, Ethiopia, Somalia, Albania, you name it, Pakistan, they've come here," Cabrera said. "It is very concerning to see something like that. That's just one of the people that we catch. Obviously a lot more get past us."
A U.S. Border Patrol canine team stands nearby after they helped detain a group of undocumented immigrants near the U.S.-Mexico border on April 11, 2013 near Mission, Texas. A group of 16 immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador said they crossed the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas during the morning hours before they were caught. The Rio Grande Valley sector of the border has had more than a 50 percent increase in illegal immigrant crossings from last year, according to the Border Patrol. Agents say they have also seen an additional surge in immigrant traffic since immigration reform negotiations began this year in Washington D.C. Proposed reforms could provide a path to citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million undocumented workers living in the United States. Credit: Getty Images
Cabrera said he doesn't know what happened to the man apprehended in February, but he is "assuming" the man was released.
"We're only at about a 40 percent apprehension rate," he said. "We are catching a lot of, I guess, special interest aliens, what we call them, [from] Iraq, Syria, Ethiopia, Somalia. We do catch quite a bit."
Cabrera said if they determine that the individuals don't have any connections to terrorism, they let them go. But they don't have the resources to investigate each individual.
"So how do we determine that they don't have any ties to terror?" Beck asked.
"We're going with the honor system with people that have no honor," Cabrera said. "And we're letting a lot of folks go."
Cabrera recently testified in front of Congress, and said government claims that 70 percent of individuals attempting to cross illegally into the United States are being apprehended "couldn't be further from the truth."
"It's just false. It's just outright wrong. We're lucky to get 40 percent," he said. "We don't have the resources."
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