In April, United States Border Patrol agents apprehended sixteen individuals on the FBI’s terror watch list. This is more than those detained at the U.S. border during the four years that Donald Trump was president.
The overall number of persons caught illegally crossing the southern border in FY2023, including those apprehended in April, is rapidly approaching 100. The number of persons caught during the Biden administration’s border crisis is on track to reach a new high milestone in FY23.
In FY23, 96 of the 98 foreign people accused of entering the United States over the border were attempting to enter through Mexico. The rest of them crossed into the country across the southern Canadian border.
Policymakers and regular citizens alike have been alarmed by the startling increase in the number of potential terrorists among the millions of illegal immigrants who have been caught at the border.
The Republican-controlled House Homeland Security Committee tweeted, “Those 16 individuals are the only ones we know about.” This was about the detainees from April. One wonders how many individuals could cross Biden’s open border undetected.
This alarming crisis needed to be resolved as soon as possible, and in May, the Republican chairs of the House Committee on Homeland Security wrote to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and FBI Director Christopher Wray to urge them to do something about it.
They took notice of the detention of individuals from Afghanistan and Pakistan who were on the FBI’s terror watch list. One had come to the United States illegally with a group of migrants through the Otay Mesa border crossing in California.
The committee chairs said the arrests and April data raise doubts about how secure our Southwest border is and raise questions about the possibility of terrorists taking advantage of the vulnerabilities because of the open border policy of the Biden-Harris administration.
One Republican lawmaker, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), echoed these sentiments when he declared the Biden administration was issuing “an open invitation to even the most wanted terrorists in the world to come to America,” adding, “They know they’ll never have to leave.”
In addition, Issa said that the Biden administration was extending “an open invitation to even the most wanted terrorists in the world to come to America.”