by Sharon Rondeau

(Nov. 20, 2015) — ABC News 15 has reported that on Thursday, six men of from Islamic countries were being smuggled into the United States at the Mexico-Arizona border when they were apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Five of the men were said to be from Pakistan and one from Afghanistan.  Two Mexicans suspected of smuggling were arrested.

The article termed those being smuggled as “immigrants.”  The definition of the word is “a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.”

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey released a statement in response to the men’s apprehension included in the report, which began:

This latest incident only reinforces the need to take our national security seriously on all fronts. News like this is very troubling, especially in light of new threats on the United States from ISIS in a video released in just the last 24 hours.

In the statement, Ducey’s reference to “ISIS” is to the “Islamic State,” or the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL), a pseudonym, which has terrorized minority populations in Syria and Iraq for more than 18 months, killing thousands and enslaving thousands more.

In April, the government watchdog nonprofit Judicial Watch reported that members of ISIS were positioned just south of the Texas-Mexico border and prepared to strike the U.S.  The FBI reportedly denied Judicial Watch’s claim.

Ducey is one of at least 30 governors who has asked that the resettlement of Syrian refugees be halted until federal authorities can assure the public that the vetting process for terrorist associations is exhaustive.  In a statement on his website on Monday, Ducey wrote:

Given the horrifying events in Paris last week, I am calling for an immediate halt in the placement of any new refugees in Arizona. As governor, I am invoking our state’s right under 8 USC, Section 1522 (a), to receive immediate consultation by federal authorities per the United States Refugee Act, and that the federal government take into account the concerns and recommendations of the state of Arizona as they are required to under federal law, in our efforts to keep our homeland safe. I also call on Congress and the President to immediately amend federal law to provide states greater oversight and authority in the administration of the placement of refugees. These acts serve as a reminder that the world remains at war with radical Islamic terrorists. Our national leaders must react with the urgency and leadership that every American expects to protect our citizens.

At least one “refugee” who entered France was an ISIS operative who participated in the series of attacks in several Paris locations last Friday which left 129 people dead and dozens injured to which Ducey referred.

In response to the carnage in Paris, European Union leaders held an emergency meeting in Brussels, Belgium to discuss the tightening of security.  “Terrorists are crossing the borders of the European Union,” French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was quoted as having said.

According to veteran news reporter Sharyl Attkisson, formerly of CBS News, Barack Hussein Obama is refusing to receive national security reports identifying Islamic groups as terrorists.  Many Americans view Obama as sympathetic to Islam over Christianity.

Also on Thursday, The Washington Times reported that “nearly all” of the estimated 11 to 12 million illegal aliens in the United States are currently shielded from deportation proceedings under policies adopted by the Obama regime without congressional approval.  Over the past five years, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and adults have crossed the Mexico-US border, receiving food, shelter and other living essentials paid for by U.S. taxpayers.  The majority of the children who arrived alone remain in the United States, and the Obama regime has provided taxpayer-funded attorneys to assist with “immigration” applications.

On July 5, 2014, The Los Angeles Times reported that “The number of immigrants under 18 who were deported or turned away at ports of entry fell from 8,143 in 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 1,669 last year, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released under a Freedom of Information Act request.”

Members of the deadly MS-13 street gang have also been allowed to remain in the country.

Obama has strongly advocated for the Syrian refugee program to remain fully funded and operational, despite the fears of many Americans that terrorists could be among them.