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Mr. Simcox said Al Jazeera reporter Naisser Hssaini told him the network was doing an hourlong special over the Fourth of July weekend to highlight the state of security along the U.S. southern border, which would include information on the recent rise in the number of foreign nationals being detained by the U.S. Border Patrol who were identified as "other than Mexican," or OTMs.
He said Mr. Hssaini also was aware that many of the OTMs were being released back onto the streets of America immediately after their arrest pending future immigration hearings because of a lack of detention space, and that Border Patrol agents referred to the policy as "catch and release."
"I felt that allowing Al Jazeera to come along on our patrols or to assist them in their report was aiding and abetting the enemy, so we declined," Mr. Simcox said. "Obviously, whatever they would have filmed would have been shown to viewers that would include terrorists and their report would only highlight holes in our homeland security."
I find the mention of a rise in 'OTM's' troubling. Does anyone have any information on what nationality/ethnicity these 'OTM's are?
This stunning disclosure has been made by a small-town newspaper in Arizona, the Tombstone Tumbleweed, whose editor, Chris Simcox, posted an article on the paper"s website revealing the presence of Arab-speaking males amid the waves of illegals recently captured. The article is based on separate, first-hand interviews with three U.S. government agents who confirmed that males of possible Syrian and Iranian descent have been detained.