Eight Syrian refugees turned themselves in to immigration authorities along the Texas-Mexico border this week, officials said Thursday. Their arrival and uncertainty about their future in the United States comes at a time of political upheaval over Syrian refugees following the deadly Paris attacks.
Two families -- two men, two women and four children -- presented themselves Tuesday at the port of entry of the South Texas city of Laredo, the Department of Homeland Security said in a release. The men were taken to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Pearsall, and the women and children to one in Dilley.
One day earlier, five Pakistanis immigrants and one Afghan immigrant were caught near the Arizona border.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who along with several other governors across the country recently urged President Barack Obama to suspend entrance for Syrian refugees following last week's deadly attacks in Paris, tweeted a link Wednesday night to the conservative Breitbart News Network website, which reported that Syrians had been "caught" at the border.