National security alert: Record number of known or suspected terrorists apprehended at the southern border

As recently reported here at Law Enforcement Today (LET), President Joe Biden’s open border policies have allowed for over five million immigrants to illegally cross into this country.

Among those individuals are known terrorists and within the first three months of 2023, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 38 people that were actively on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Terrorist Screening Database.

According to The Center Square, these 38 individuals are in addition to the 98 terrorists that were apprehended in all of fiscal year 2022 and the 15 that were arrested in fiscal year 2021.

For a general comparison, only 14 known terrorists were apprehended from fiscal years 2017-2020, when the country was led under President Donald Trump and his administration.

Tom Homan, a former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement, “Since Biden has taken office, we are at approximately 140 KST [known or suspected terrorists] trying to enter the country illegally. Border Patrol has arrested people from 161 different countries [some of which] are sponsors of terrorism."

According to the New York Post, a staggering 530,000 of so called “gotaways,” also known as illegal immigrants known to have entered the country without having been caught, have been recorded since October of 2022.

This number is set to beat 2022’s record number of 600,000 and the 389,000 gotaways that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted had made their way, undetected, into the United States back in 2021.

For another general comparison, those numbers are exponentially higher than the estimated 415,000 TOTAL gotaways that were recorded for 2018, 2019, and 2020 while under the Trump administration.

When speaking with The Center Square, Homan said, “A lot of systems were put into place after 9/11 to prevent terrorists from getting a visa or a plane ticket to enter the U.S. This has successfully stopped thousands with derogatory information from entering this country. Why would a terrorist attempt to get a plane ticket or visa knowing he will be vetted?”

He added, “It is much easier to pay the cartels a little extra and simply cross the southwest border like the 1.2 million and escape apprehension because Border Patrol agents are so overwhelmed with this manmade Biden border crisis."

Former Border Patrol agent and Terrell County, Texas, Sheriff Thad Cleveland told The Center Square that he is worried about the immigrants who have not been caught, adding, “Many more made it successfully into the United States. Not because our Border Patrol agents aren’t doing a good job - the work they do is amazing, but because the president and his administration don’t care about our borders."

Based off his 26 years of experience in Border Patrol, Cleveland added that the gotaways being reported to the agency’s internal system “are much lower than the actual amount … there is no way to look at every crossing location and trail along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico."

Former COO and acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Mark Morgan agreed with what Cleveland was saying, adding that the focus of the department should be “directed at those” who are not apprehended.

He told The Center Square that with agents apprehending known or suspected terrorists at the southern border, it means that more and more are coming and getting through successfully, adding that its why “we say what’s happening at our southern border is a national security crisis."

“We could have the next terrorist sleeper cell in the country planning the next attack on U.S. soil and we have no idea," Morgan said. "Not to mention the untold numbers of violent criminals among the unprecedented volume of gotaways, planning to take their next American victim."

For the last two years, Mayorkas has maintained that the border is secure. Yet on two separate occasions, he testified that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could “do more” to address terrorism threats.

Several members of Congress have called for Mayorkas to be impeached and at least 14 attorney generals, led specifically by Florida attorney general Ashley Moody, have called on him to resign.
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