As Syrians Illegally Cross U.S. Border, Agents Bust Traveler for Illegal Tamales, Levy $1K

Brittany M. Hughes | November 19, 2015
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Even as eight Syrian refugees were caught illegally crossing the Southwest U.S. border this week, only to be handed over for “processing” by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection busted a passenger for bringing a suitcase stuffed with “illegal” pork-filled tamales through Los Angeles International Airport.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol discovered the dangerous, illegal alien foodstuffs during an agricultural screening, where they found 450 pork tamales inside the passenger’s luggage. The agency then proceeded to issue a detailed news release lauding their heroic victory over the highly threatening Latin American snack.

Meanwhile, over in Laredo, Texas, eight Syrians were detained after crossing to U.S. border. Breitbart News reports a CBP agent told them the agency was unlikely to inform the public, or even law enforcement at large, of an incident that “sensitive.”

From the report:

Border Patrol agent and NBPC Local 2455 President Hector Garza told Breitbart Texas, “Border Patrol agents who we represent have been contacting our organization to voice concerns about reports from other agents that Syrians crossed the U.S. border from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. Our agents have heard about Syrians being apprehended in the area from other federal agents.” Agent Garza added, “At this time, I cannot confirm or deny that Syrians have crossed, for security reasons.”

Agent Garza further stated that in matters as sensitive as Syrians crossing the border from Mexico, it would be highly unlikely that federal agencies would publicize it or inform a broad group of law enforcement.”

Despite the agency’s commitment to keeping such matters under wraps, this wasn’t the first time a Syrian has made the news by crossing into the United States illegally. In September, a Syrian brother-sister duo tried crossing the border illegally while using a fake U.S. passport. The federal government ended up dropping the charges “in the interest of justice.”

Meanwhile, the Tamale Smuggler was slapped with a $1,000 fine for “commercial activity with the intent to distribute.”

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