The five Syrian refugees who surrendered Friday at the Laredo border crossing have been sent to nearby immigration detention facilities. They will join two other Syrian families - who were apprehended last week.
These kinds of border incidents, typically, cause little concern in this South Texas town but that was before the recent attack in Paris along with a rising fear terrorists could be trying to slip into the country posing as refugees.
The Syrians caught in Laredo join a long list of foreign nationals - officially classified as O.T.M. - other than Mexican.
The 61,000 cases recorded so far this year -between January and June - could indicate a downward trend when compared to the past two years. But since 2011 there has been a substantial influx with more than a half million O.T.M. apprehensions on the Texas border.