The high Republican within the House of Representatives needs a classified briefing from intelligence officers after the Biden administration disclosed that two Yemeni nationals on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) requested for a briefing from CIA Director William Burns and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
The seize of suspected terrorists “highlights the ongoing national security risk posed by the border crisis,” McCarthy wrote to the officers.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Vice President Kamala Harris ought to participate within the briefing, he added.
The FBI and CIA didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
McCarthy and different House Republicans traveled to the border in southern Texas to witness the surge in immigrants and the pressure that has been positioned on holding amenities consequently. They got a tour by Border Patrol brokers and briefings on the state of affairs in El Paso.
During the briefings, brokers informed legislators that they’d apprehended people from a slew of nations, together with China, Iran, Yemen, and Turkey. Agents mentioned that some had been on the Terrorism Watch List.
“These revelations were shocking and concerning, and for those reasons, I felt compelled to share them with the nation,” McCarthy mentioned.
“Gonna ask for a briefing. Pretty sure he is either wrong or lying,” Gallego mentioned in a tweet final month.
Gallego’s workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark.
The danger on the border is compounded by some 1,000 unlawful crossers evading seize every day, along with the roughly 5,000 being apprehended, McCarthy wrote within the new letter.
“While I am grateful to the Border Patrol for doing all they can, I have great concern about the number of bad actors that have escaped arrest and are residing in the United States,” he mentioned. “We simply have no way of knowing if other terrorists have crossed the border undetected.”
The White House earlier Tuesday alleged that encounters of identified or suspected terrorists on the border is “very uncommon.”
A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson informed The Epoch Times that they might not present the variety of terror suspects captured on the border within the present fiscal yr and the 2 earlier fiscal years.
“Our border security efforts are layered and include multiple levels of rigorous screening that allow us to detect and prevent people who pose national security or public safety risks from entering the United States. DHS works with our international partners to share intelligence and other information, including to prevent individuals on the terrorist watchlist from entering the United States,” the spokesperson mentioned through e-mail.
“CBP adjudicates individuals encountered at and between our ports of entry against several classified and unclassified databases to determine if they pose a threat to national security, consistent with the law. While encounters of known and suspected terrorists at our borders are very uncommon, they underscore the importance of the critical work our agents carry out on a daily basis to vet all individuals encountered at our borders.”
The Department of Homeland Security said in 2019 a median of 10 identified or suspected terrorists are prevented from getting into the United States each day, although the bulk are encountered at airports or whereas nonetheless abroad in the course of the visa software stage.
From The Epoch times