Rep. Myricks conspiracy theory: Immigrants have Farsi tattoos, must be Iranian-Venezuelan secret agents.
I just…I don’t know what to say to this.
MYRICK: Well the thing that concerns me, and you mentioned this briefly, Iran is working with Venezuela. And they’re transiting through Venezuela, taking Spanish for maybe six months. They’re getting the false documents that they need, coming up through Mexico and if they’re stopped, they just say well I’m Spanish. And it, oh I mean Mexican, and it only takes a smart border agent who knows the difference in the accents. He can tell, but if he doesn’t have that, there’s no way to know.
And the other thing that we’re seeing, and we’re seeing it in your state in particular in the prisons is Farsi tattoos. Farsi is basically a Persian language, which Iran is, and we know we’ve seen Arabic tattoos in our prisons for a long time, but we haven’t seen Farsi tattoos in a long time. That’s a pretty good indication that these people coming across our border are not just coming from Mexico and other countries that are looking for work. And that’s what scares me. Being on Intelligence, we know there are people who are are here who do want to do us harm who are already in the country and it’s not a matter of will they get in anymore, it’s a matter of they’re already here because of our lax border laws.
I don’t doubt that there are people crossing the border illegally for reasons other than finding work or trying to give their families back home a better life, but this is ridiculous. A few Farsi tattoos show up in a prison, and suddenly Iran is colluding with Venezuela to do what, exactly?
Also, wouldn’t having Farsi tattoos kinda blow the cover of someone trying to pose as an undocumented Mexican or South American worker?