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Middle Easterners crossing border from Mexico? It's rare
Middle Easterners crossing border from Mexico? It's rare

For months, some conservative members of Congress and their allies have warned that people from the Middle East could use the Mexican border to gain illegal entry to the U.S. and pose a terrorist threat. Obama administration officials have said such a scenario is unlikely and border agents are prepared to respond if it does happen. What are the facts? Recent cases provide some evidence for both sides in that debate: Several people from the Mideast have been apprehended at the border in recent months. But none of them have been publicly linked to threats against the U.S. One of them, in fact, claimed to be fleeing terrorism. But the numbers aren't large. Of the tens of thousands of...

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