According to reports obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, Border Patrol agents detained an illegal immigrant crossing the southern border illegally. This same immigrant admitted to past ties to a Colombian group previously designated as a terrorist organization.
According to the reports, agents apprehended the immigrant, identified as Oscar De Leon-Ramirez, among a group of eight Colombian and Salvadoran nationals in Texas’ El Paso sector. He was discovered shortly after the National Targeting Center notified agents of the subject’s possible record of terrorist activities.
During an interview with the immigrant, De Leon-Ramirez admitted to working for the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC), a group that was previously designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.
He admitted to having crossed the U.S./Mexico International Boundary illegally on Tuesday. De Leon-Ramirez also admitted that in 2004/2005, he voluntarily enlisted in the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC).
— Jennie Taer 🇮🇱🇺🇸 (@JennieSTaer) February 8, 2024
De Leon-Ramirez further admitted that some of his duties as an AUC member were to patrol the mountainous rural areas of Istmina, Colombia. It also includes locating guerrilla members of the FARC (Fuerza Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) and other entities involved with extortion and trafficking in Colombia.
According to the Congressional Research Service, the U.S. government designated the AUC as a foreign terrorist organization in 2001 and revoked the designation in 2014. The group disbanded in 2006, while some members moved to other groups to continue activities involving the drug trade and human rights abuses.
The research service also reports that during the AUC’s existence, the group massacred and assassinated suspected supporters of left-leaning guerrilla groups in Colombia.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data recorded that border patrol agents apprehended 50 illegal immigrants on the terror watchlist between October and December.
How many more illegal aliens with ties to former groups peddling drugs and violating human rights need to be caught to FINALLY secure the border?
#HR2 shuts off the magnets that are attracting bad actors to our doorstep https://t.co/6BkEeogBgG
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) February 8, 2024
Daily Caller further reports that on Jan. 20, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers caught a member of the Somali terror group al-Shabaab, who was released shortly after he illegally crossed the southern border near San Ysidro, California on Mar. 13, 2023.