The former Border Patrol chief is warning that President Biden’s mishandling of the surge of unlawful immigrants on the southern border has brought about greater than a humanitarian disaster — it’s additionally created a nationwide safety risk due to the variety of identified or suspected terrorists crossing into the US.
“Over and over again, I see other people talk about our mission, your mission, and the context of it being immigration or the current crisis today being an immigration crisis,” Rodney Scott stated in a video message to his brokers earlier than retiring on Aug. 14, which was obtained by the Washington Examiner.
“I firmly believe that it is a national security crisis. Immigration is just a subcomponent of it, and right now, it’s just a cover for massive amounts of smuggling going across the southwest border — to include TSDBs at a level we have never seen before. That’s a real threat,” Scott stated, referring to the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database.
Scott, who was pushed aside by Biden in June after serving as the top of Border Patrol since 2020, urged the brokers to stay vigilant.
“Your peers or you are taking criminals, pedophiles, rapists, murderers, and like I said before, even TSDB alerts off the streets and keeping them safe from [sic] America,” he stated.
“Even if we processed several thousand migrants that day and even if thousands of them were allowed into the U.S., you still took those threats off the street, and I think that’s worth it. So please don’t ever undersell how important your mission is,” Scott continued.
Customs and Border Protection officers told Congress in March that 4 folks — three from Yemen and one from Syria — on the phobia watchlist had been arrested on the border since Oct. 1.
In the previous two earlier fiscal years, fewer than 4 folks on the watchlist have been busted on the border. Six folks from Yemen and Bangladesh have been arrested in fiscal yr 2018.
Republican lawmakers have warned that terrorists are mixing in with the hundreds of unlawful immigrants coming through Central America and Mexico to slip into the nation.
“Individuals that they have on the watchlist for terrorism are now starting to exploit the southern border,” Rep. John Katko (R-NY) stated throughout a visit to the border in March. “We need to wake up.”
In July, border officers stopped 212,672 illegal immigrants attempting to cross into the US — the best complete in 21 years.
CBP additionally reported that there have been greater than 1.1 million unlawful border crossings already this yr.
A press launch in regards to the arrest of two Yemeni nationals on the phobia watch checklist was deleted from the CBP website earlier this yr.
A spokesman informed The Post that it had been eliminated as a result of it had not been correctly reviewed for “information related to national security.”
The company didn’t present knowledge about terrorist arrests when requested by the Washington Examiner, saying folks stopped on the border bear a number of screenings.
“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,” a CBP spokesperson wrote in an e mail.
“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 official wrote. “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.”