In just the 2022 fiscal year so far, over 1 million migrant encounters have occurred at the Southern border. Republican leadership as well as local political in border states demand the Biden administration impose greater scrutiny as to who is allowed across our borders.
In 2021, Border Patrol apprehended at least 23 individuals who were listed on the terror watchlist in 2021. The data, released by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), notes that between January 20, and December 27 of 2021, there were 23 encounters with individuals whose names matched on the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB).
Fox News submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in December in order to unearth the information from the CBP. Fox News reports that of the 23 suspects, “four were in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, 4 in Del Rio Sector, 3 in El Paso Sector, 2 in Tucson Sector, 2 in Yuma Sector, 4 in El Centro Sector and 4 in San Diego Sector.”
Unfortunately, the terrifying information is not completely unknown, and the Biden administration continues to push back. Republican Representatives James Comer and John Katko, who serve as ranking members on the Oversight and Homeland Security committees wrote to Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of the Department of Homeland Security last month addressing the grave concern.
Republican lawmakers consistently call upon the Biden administration to publicly release the number of those encountered at the border. “Reporting indicates that multiple individuals with terrorist ties have been recently apprehended after illegally crossing the border, and that such encounters may be increasing,” wrote Reps. Comer and Katko.
“The American people deserve to know whether President Biden’s weak border policies are allowing terrorists to enter our homeland,” they said. Back in October, former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott repeatedly tried to alert the Biden administration on the amount of terror watchlist suspects that were crossing into the United states.
Scott said the levels of TSDBs are “at a level we have never seen before” and told Fox News’ Bret Baier “we have terrorist threats we can’t get into in this type of a forum but they are real.”
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“No city should be left to handle a national humanitarian crisis largely on its own, and without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will only be the beginning,” said New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams about his decision to make budget cuts as a result of the overwhelming migrant crisis.
However, those who will suffer from budget cuts to the city’s services to offset the cost of dealing with the ever-increasing number of migrants are those that are in place to make the city better.
“The cuts will see police freeze hiring and bring the total number of police officers below 30,000. It would further slash the education budget by $1 billion over two years and affect a litany of other agencies” reports Just The News.
Albeit, Adams admitted: “In all my time in government, this is probably one of the most painful exercises I’ve gone through.” More than 110,000 migrants have arrived in New York City over the past year, including roughly 13,000 sent from Texas by GOP Governor Greg Abbott as part of his ongoing bussing plan to send new arrivals to the U.S. to sanctuary cities.
However, similar to other leaders of sanctuary cities, Adams is unwilling to put his money where his mouth is. In September, Adams warned that the crisis would “destroy New York City” and begged the federal government to pay for his mess.
“I’m gonna tell you something, New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I didn’t see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said at the time. “The federal government needs to do its job. We need the federal government, the Congress members, the Senate and the president to do their job: close the borders,” said Adams’ advisor Ingrid Lewis Martin insisted in early October. “And until you close the borders, you need to come on with a full-on decompression strategy where you can take all of our migrants and move them through our 50 states.”
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