Lebanese migrant caught sneaking over the border admitted he’s a member of Hezbollah and hoped to make a bomb

Hamas-Migrant-in-US A Border Patrol memo exclusively obtained by The Post. Customs and Border Protection

Important Takeaways:

  • A Lebanese migrant who was caught sneaking over the border admitted he’s a member of Hezbollah, he hoped to make a bomb, and his destination was New York
  • Basel Bassel Ebbadi, 22, was caught by the US Border Patrol on March 9 near El Paso, Texas
  • Ebbadi said in a sworn interview after his arrest that he had trained with Hezbollah for seven years and served as an active member guarding weapons locations for another four years
  • Ebbadi’s training focused on “jihad” and killing people “that was not Muslim,” he said.
  • Border agents continue to see a surge in migrants whose names appear on the terror watchlist entering the US illegally as crossings continue at record levels.
  • Border agents recorded 98 encounters with terror watchlisted individuals at both the northern and southern borders in fiscal year 2022, and almost twice as many, 172, in fiscal year 2023, which ends Sept. 30.
  • So far, in the first four months of 2024, 59 people have been apprehended, according to federal data.
  • “The federal government has failed to enact border security measures, and the state of Texas, through Gov. [Greg] Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, will continue to take unprecedented action to help secure the border,” DPS Lt. Chris Olivarez said.

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