U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sees people from around the world attempting to cross into the U.S. illegally–and San Diego is no exception. Apprehensions of illegal aliens from countries other than Mexico surged last October, including foreign nationals from Ebola-affected countries, according to a source within CBP that spoke on condition of anonymity. One of those caught at the time sported a shirt that bore the name “Obama,” as shown in the above photo.
The men pictured were taken into custody during a massive influx of illegal aliens coming from Africa through San Diego’s San Ysidro Port of Entry during October 2014. The foreign nationals flooding the border crossing were turning themselves in, claiming “credible fear” in pursuit of political asylum, the source told Breitbart California.
At the time, the local Fox affiliate reported that CBP was preparing to deal with the arrival aliens from Ebola-affected nations, many claiming political asylum. The Fox 5 report cited CBP sources as saying 300 people had been detained in the week prior to the Oct. 20, 2014 report, though the agency was only equipped to handle 180.
CBP documents that Breitbart Texas’ Brandon Darby released in August of 2014 detailed the numbers of foreign nationals that were caught attempting to make illegal entry at locations along the border of the United States. That report showed foreign nationals coming from 75 different countries around the world.
Darby wrote in August: “At least 71 individuals from the three nations affected by the current Ebola outbreak have either turned themselves in or been caught attempting to illegally enter the U.S. by U.S. authorities between January 2014 and July 2014.”
The CBP Office of Field Operations was contacted for additional information regarding this story, but has not yet returned request for comment.
CBP had previously issued a statement saying that personnel had received proper training in identifying Ebola.
It is unclear why the detained individual was wearing an “Obama” t-shirt, or precisely which country he was from.