Airline and security officials at Kennedy Airport let 150 passengers arriving from an international flight leave the airport without going through customs, the Daily News has learned.
American Airlines Flight 1671 arrived at JFK from Cancun, Mexico, at 8:50 p.m. Friday.
When the plane landed, passengers walked out of the airport without having their passports or bags checked by Customs and Border Protection, sources told The News.
A source familiar with the matter said passengers disembarking the plane “just followed” a gate agent. The security snafu came just two days after ISIS released a video threatening New York City with a terrorist attack.
“Some passengers on Flight 1671 did not complete immigration and customs process upon arrival when they were inadvertently directed to the domestic terminal,” American Airlines said in a statement.
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American Airlines contacted the passengers and directed them to return to JFK for customs processing. An official told The News on Sunday that 144 passengers had returned to the airport and gone through customs. The six that remain are all U.S. citizens, the official said.
American Airlines is working with Customs and Border Protection to ensure they “complete the process and to prevent this from happening in the future,” the company also said in the statement.
“None of us went through immigration or customs,” a passenger told The News, adding, “There were no signs for customs or anything. The only signs we saw were baggage claim and exit.”
The passenger complained Saturday that agents have “been harassing me with phone calls — they’re coming from high-up people at American Airlines, (Transportation Security Administration) and customs . . . . They’re very aggressive.” Another passenger also said that agents had been reaching out constantly.
“They’re telling me that I am here illegally, that I’m trespassing!” the passenger said. “They said, ‘If you don’t come in Monday, we’re sending FBI agents to your house.’ ”
Both passengers said they had to come from Connecticut to JFK to clear things up.
A spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security, said the agency is “aware of and looking into the incident and is working with our counterparts to resolve it.”
The TSA, which screens passengers before they fly, declined comment, while the Port Authority said that the clearing of arriving international travelers is a federal responsibility. The airlines, it said, direct travelers to security areas. With Graham Rayman
UPDATE: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has confirmed that eight Syrians were taken into custody at the Laredo port of entry.
Two federal agents operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are claiming that eight Syrian illegal aliens attempted to enter Texas from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. The federal agents spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity, however, a local president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) confirmed that Laredo Border Patrol agents have been officially contacting the organization with concerns over reports from other federal agents about Syrians illegally entering the country in the Laredo Sector. The reports have caused a stir among the sector’s Border Patrol agents.
The sources claimed that eight Syrians were apprehended on Monday, November 16, 2015. According to the sources, the Syrians were in two separate “family units” and were apprehended at the Juarez Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas, also known officially as Port of Entry 1.
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. He did say that Local 2455 is taking the reports seriously and that they “will be issuing an officer safety bulletin advising Border Patrol agents to exercise extra precautions as they patrol the border.”
Breitbart Texas can confirm that a Syrian did attempt to enter the U.S. illegally through Texas in late September. The Syrian was caught using a passport that belonged to someone else and U.S. authorities decided against prosecuting anyone involved due to “circumstances.”
Trio of illegals assault Alabama police, attempt to snatch sidearm
BY ADAN SALAZAR
Three illegal aliens attacked Alabama police officers during a routine traffic stop Monday, with one of the immigrants taking a bite out of one of the cop’s arms.
Summerdale Police Officer Vince Miller claims the assault happened after he pulled a vehicle over under the suspicion of drinking and driving.
After the driver resisted arrest for DUI, Miller says two other men stepped out of the vehicle and overpowered him and his partner.
“They did reach for my weapon several times,” Corporal Miller claims, illustrating the intense life or death struggle.
“Yeah, it could have been fatal,” the officer says looking back.
Corporal Miller was beaten, and sustained a bite complete with teeth marks.
“He did bite pretty good and it took a little piece off of it,” the officer told WKRG.
After requesting backup, the three illegals were eventually arrested for various charges including “assault, eluding, resisting arrest, DUI, public intoxication, obstruction and refusing to aid an officer,” according to WKRG.
The three suspects were all discovered to be in the country illegally hailing from Mexico or Central America.
Open border policies encouraging Paris-style attack in US, multiple warnings go unheeded
BY ADAM SALAZAR
“An unsecured border with Mexico is the state’s most significant vulnerability as it provides criminals and would-be terrorists from around the world a reliable means to enter Texas and the nation undetected…”
– Texas Department of Public Safety, Operation Strong Safety Report
Since before the ISIS terror attacks in Paris which claimed over 120 lives, multiple US officials and law enforcement agencies have warned that the country’s porous southern border with Mexico, along with the constant flow of illegal immigrants, put the nation at risk of a similar attack.
Texas a precursor to ISIS invasion?
Back in February, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) released a report regarding their Operation Strong Safety, a multi-agency effort reallocating law enforcement personnel and other resources to the border amid the 2014 influx of illegal aliens.
In the report, the agency admitted the “unsecure border” could be exploited by “would-be terrorists.”
“Crime has become increasingly transitory, transnational, organized, and discreet, and terrorism has become more disaggregated. An unsecure border with Mexico is the state’s most significant vulnerability as it provides criminals and would-be terrorists from around the world a reliable means to enter Texas and the nation undetected. This is especially concerning today, in light of the recentterrorist attacks and schemes around the world.”
“Illegal aliens from countries documented by the U.S. Department of State as having a knownterrorism presence continue to be smuggled into and throughout Texas and the nation on a regular basis, and it is impossible to determine how many of these individuals have actually entered the U.S. undetected. Texas leads the nation in the apprehension of ‘special interest aliens’ (SIA), and there is a legitimate concern that terrorists from around the world could exploit our country’s porous Southwest border to enter the U.S. undetected, if they have not done so already.”
ISIS members have reportedly already been caught in Texas
Early last month, the director of the Texas DPS, Stephen McCraw, warned that people from countries known to have a “terrorism presence” have already been captured in Texas.
“[I]ndividuals that come across the Texas/Mexican border from countries with a known terrorism presence and the answer to that is yes,” McCraw stated when asked if any suspected ISIS terrorists had yet infiltrated the border.
“We have individuals that we’ve needed to debrief in Pashto/Dari,” the director said, referring to two languages spoken in Afghanistan. “Not a lot of Pashto and Dari speakers around.”
“But you can’t think about the last attack; you have to think of the next attack and where our vulnerabilities are,” the director urged. “So, we’re concerned about that.”
Reports also surfaced in October 2014 that several ISIS terrorists had been apprehended in South Texas.
“Islamic terrorists have entered the United States through the Mexican border and Homeland Security sources tell Judicial Watch that four have been apprehended… by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety in McAllen and Pharr,” thenonprofit watchdog group reported.
The same day Judicial Watch reported the capture of four “Islamic terrorists,” a US representative also told Fox News that the US Border Patrol had captured “at least 10 ISIS fighters” crossing over from Mexico.
“They are going to be bombing American cities coming across from Mexico,” US Rep. Duncan Hunter told “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren. “At least ten ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas.”
In April of this year, Judicial Watch issued another alarming report claiming ISIS terror cells were setting up across the border from El Paso, Texas in Ciudad Juarez and in Puerto Palomas across from Columbus and Deming, New Mexico.
ISIS has already attacked Texas, and warned of “even bigger” future attacks
Claiming it as their first attack on US soil, ISIS took responsibility for a shooting at an art contest in Garland, Texas, earlier this year in May, in which participants drew art depicting the prophet Mohammad.
“Two of the soldiers of the caliphate executed an attack on an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, and this exhibit was portraying negative pictures of the Prophet Mohammed,” ISIS reportedly said.
“We tell America that what is coming will be even bigger and more bitter, and that you will see the soldiers of the Islamic State do terrible things,” the group said.
Intel experts warn there are ‘gaping holes’ in refugee vetting process
In the aftermath of the Paris shootings, and following the Obama administration’s announcement that the US will take in 10,000 Syrian refugees, US lawmakers and intelligence experts again warned that such terrorism could manifest in the homeland due to “gaping holes” in the refugee vetting process.
Rep. Michael McCaul, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, highlighted that “There are a lot of holes — gaping holes” in US defenses.
“We have hundreds of Americans that have traveled” to Iraq and Syria, he said. “Many of them have come back as well. I think that’s a direct threat.”
Another lawmaker, Rep. Devin Nunes, also pointed out the US vetting process for refugees is not robust enough to stop terrorists from entering the country.
“There’s no possible way to screen them. It should be stopped immediately,” Nunes said.
“Bottom line, if you don’t want refugees, you have to go into Iraq and Syria and defeat ISIS.”
Obama administration gave over 1,500 ‘terrorists’ asylum
Late September, documents obtained by Judicial Watch revealed the Obama administration, after making changes to a federal law in 2014, made it so that more than 1,500 “terrorists” were granted asylum in the United States in 2014.
According to the government watchdog, “the administration let 1,519 ‘inadmissible’ foreigners embroiled in terrorism into the U.S. last year because the crimes were committed ‘while under duress.’”
“Before the Obama administration tweaked a federal law last year, these foreign nationals would have been banned from the country for supporting terrorist causes,” Judicial Watch reported. “But under the changes the Secretary of Homeland Security has ‘discretionary authority’ to waive certain grounds of inadmissibility relating to terrorism.”
ISIS has now vowed to attack Washington DC
The Paris attacks happened hours after Obama remarked thatprogress was being made in containing the “Islamic State,” and now the group has is pledging an attack on Washington DC.
“We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France’s and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington,” a man in the latest ISIS video said.
With mounting evidence that Islamic jihadists pose a direct threat to national security, will President Obama uphold immigration policies, secure the border and more vigorously vet incoming refugees, or will he continue to ignore the warnings and risk an attack on America.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he supports allowing undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. without gaining citizenship, and that he doesn’t believe mass deportation, an idea promoted by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, is feasible.
Immigration “starts with border enforcement,” Ryan said in an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” program that will air on Sunday, according to a transcript provided by the network. “It starts with enforcing the rule of law. But you need to have a vibrant, legal immigration system. I think you could have a pathway to legal status. Earn your way to legal status, but not to citizenship.”
When asked whether he advocated the deportation of some 11 million undocumented immigrants now estimated to be living in the U.S., the Republican from Wisconsin said, “I do not. I can’t imagine how it could happen. So no.”
Ryan, 45, who was chairman of the the House tax-writing panel before becoming the leader of the chamber in October, said he wants to reform and simplify the tax code. He favors reducing the number of tax brackets to two or three, cutting rates for companies to enhance job prospects, and changing how businesses are taxed on their international operations so that employers repatriate overseas earnings.
The stakes of moving forward are high, Ryan said. Failure means “the country stays on the path it is on, deep poverty, flat wages, working families falling behind, a wreck of national security, followed up by a debt crisis,” he said.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that social safety net programs, together with rising debt interest payments, will drive budget deficit to $1 trillion in 2025, compared with $485 billion in fiscal year 2014.
That’s why Ryan says lawmakers need to address entitlement spending and the nation’s budget deficits. “The good news on these issues is that if we reform them for the next generation now, we can guarantee that people in or near retirement don’t have any changes in their benefits,” he said.
To that end, Ryan said he supports raising the retirement age to help sustain Social Security and Medicare. “For younger people, when they age, we should change the retirement age to reflect longevity,” he said. “Just to make the program finances work.”
Ryan also said he thinks Congress and the Obama administration can find common ground on tax policy, funding the government, and highways. “Those are three things that will produce certainty in this economy in the next few months,” he said. “Let’s go do that.”
A previously deported Honduran illegal alien may finally leave the country after serving his time for filming a woman in a San Angelo, Texas, Walmart bathroom. The man completed his 270-day sentence and was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for processing.
Jose Santos Argueta, 32, was arrested in February after a female Walmart customer noticed a cell phone peeking under her stall videotaping her in the bathroom, Breitbart Texas previously reported. Tom Green County Sheriff David Jones told Breitbart Texas in October they had identified Argueta as being illegally in the United States. Sheriff Jones expressed concern at the time that, due to President Barack Obama’s Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), Argueta might not be deported.
It now looks as if he may be deported, after all. On Wednesday, Argueta completed his jail sentence and was handed over to federal officials, according to SanAngeloLive.com. The local news outlet learned that Argueta had been ordered deported on April 29, 2009. He had also been deported prior to that order. Argueta was initially reported as being a Mexican national by SanAngeloLive. It was later learned that Argueta is a Honduran.
The 2009 deportation order will now be reinstated.
Sheriff Jones said the PEP program is a problem for his sheriff’s office. “We have had several people who were convicted and turned over to federal authorities released. It is a very real concern.”
Argueta was given credit for the time he served in the local jail between his February arrest and his October conviction. He was sentenced to 270 days in jail following the conviction on charges of improper photography or video recording. When the victim, a Hispanic woman, complained about his actions, Argueta gave police permission to search his cell phone. The improper video was found at that time.
Agents from the U.S. Border Patrol picked Argueta up from the local jail and will turn him over to ICE for processing.