In the wake of the Paris attacks of Nov. 13, 2015, people around the world and in Arizona were on heightened alert, and there was growing concern about who is entering Arizona along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The following Monday, Nov. 16, law-enforcement officials confirmed five Pakistani men and one Afghani man were arrested in near Sonoita, Arizona, about 30 miles north of the border.
Border patrol agents say two smugglers were also arrested with them.
An FBI agent with the Joint Terrorism Task Force interviewed the men, and they were checked out on national security databases. Nothing came up.
They were then placed in ICE custody, an FBI spokesman confirmed.
According to Customs and Border Protection data, Pakistani and Afghan nationals make up about 0.1 percent of border crossers at all U.S. borders.