Report: Border Patrol recently caught people on terrorist watchlist illegally crossing southern border

WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Monday, March 15th, Republican Rep. John Katko, ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that during a recent trip to the southern border he was informed that U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended individuals who were on the terrorist watchlist.

Katko, a former federal organized crime and narcotics prosecutor, said during a news conference in El Paso:

“Something that very much concerns me as the Homeland Security ranking member is people they’ve caught in the last few days over there in sector three or monument three, have been on the terror watchlist.”

In attendance at the news conference were House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Republican lawmakers. Katko added:

“Individuals that they have on the watchlist for terrorism are now starting to exploit the southern border. We need to wake up. We need to understand.”

McCarthy said that some border agents informed him that they have encountered individuals from the Middle East attempting to cross into the U.S. illegally. He said:

“I asked them, ‘Who are the individuals you’re catching?’ Yeah, they’re from Central American, but do you know who else? Iran, Yemen, Sri Lanka.”

He added:

“When I walked through the facility, there’s more Haitians than any other nationality I saw and why were they coming now? We asked the border agents, they were shocked themselves because they’re being released into the country.”

The group of GOP lawmakers added that President Joe Biden’s executive actions that rolled back many of Trump-era immigration policies have resulted in a more dangerous situation at the border. 

President Biden ended former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy that required asylum seekers encountered at the border to wait for their court hearings in Mexico.

Reportedly, a total of 25,000 migrants are being transferred in phases into the U.S. interior after Biden’s elimination of this policy.

Biden has gone one step further and has restored the Obama-era “catch and release” policy. Former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf warned at the end of February that illegal border crossings have soared in recent months, creating a “very dangerous” situation at the southern border.

During the news conference in El Paso, Katko said:

“Mr. President Biden, you’re an okay guy. Why don’t you just admit you made a mistake with this policy and go back to the way it was and keep America safe for all of us?”

Allegedly, some of the illegal immigrants released into U.S. cities in Texas and North Carolina have tested positive for COVID-19. McCarthy said:

“When I talk to the doctor to see when they’re being tested for COVID. When they get out, more than 10% are testing positive and you’re being stored together. In a time when our president will keep our country closed.”

He added:

“And maybe we have hope for a fourth of July to get together just with our family. How much spread of COVID is he creating every single day by his policies along this border? It’s wrong and i t has to end. It needs to end now.”

Wolf pointed out that at the end of February, border patrol agents arrested 11 Iranian citizens near San Luis, Arizona after they crossed the border illegally.

He noted that border patrol is currently facing between 3,000 and 3,500 illegal border crossings every day. 

He added that in 2019, former Obama administration DHS secretary Jeh Johnson said that 1,000 illegal crossings overwhelms the system, calling 4,000 apprehensions in a day “crisis level.”

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Former acting ICE director slams Biden for blaming Trump for current border crisis: ‘They planned this whole thing’

March 15th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC- A former Trump administration official lit into the Biden administration this past weekend, taking them to task over attempting to lay blame on former President Donald Trump for the disaster at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tom Homan, former acting ICE director addressed claims that the current crisis at the border was “planned” during last year’s presidential campaign.

Homan, appearing on Fox News’ Fox and Friends told anchor Pete Hegseth that the current administration has undermined the previous, very successful policies implemented under the Trump administration where it concerns immigration policy, including the since-scuttled remain in Mexico policy.

Homan told Hegseth that in 2020, the number of alien minors entering the U.S. was down 70% from the year before. He also said that illegal entry into the country was down anywhere between 50-80%, depending on which month was being looked at.

“Last month, Joe Biden’s policy created a 300% increase in alien children,” Homan said.

“The border is not secure because the Biden administration has undone all the success of the Trump administration. You got a job to do, educate yourself, give me a call, I’ll tell you how to fix it,” Homan continued. “But you can’t go on national TV and say this is President Trump’s fault.”

Homan then went on to lay the blame squarely on Biden and the Democrats, claiming they planned the crisis during last year’s presidential campaign.

“When Joe Biden made those promises during the campaign of ending ICE detention, ending the remain in Mexico program, giving amnesty and DACA and healthcare…”

Homan said those promises are directly responsible for the current border situation, noting that “when you make those types of promises you know they’re going to come.”

He further blasted members of the Trump administration, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for going on national TV and laying the blame on Trump and his team. Homan also said that Democrats cannot go on national television and admit to the American people that they had sold out the country to win an election.

“When you make those types of promises, you know they’re going to come. SO they can’t go on national TV and say we sold out America to win an election. Joe Biden can’t say ‘I folded to the left to get votes and gave up the security of the border.’

“Again, the most secure border we’ve ever seen under President Trump.”

Hegseth then brought up the fact that Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security Secretary had ordered FEMA to the border to help with the situation down there, noting that agency typically deals with “storms, floods and other major disasters, and questioned Homan if this was an admission that the border situation was in fact a “disaster.”

“Absolutely,” Homan said. “Actions speak louder than words,” while then noting that FEMA’s own mission statement, “Helping people before, during and after a catastrophic disaster or crisis” accurately describes the current situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“It is a disaster; it is a crisis,” Homan said.

He also noted that “you never saw anyone coming across the border wearing a Trump shirt” while noting that a lot of them were wearing Biden tee shirts coming across.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) laid blame squarely on Biden for the surge of migrants crossing into the country at the southern border.

On Fox News Sunday, Cassidy told host Chris Wallace in response to a question as to what degree Biden’s policies have caused the crisis.

“Empirically it is entirely. You can’t help but notice that the administration changes and there is a surge,” Cassidy said.

Cassidy also noted that one of Biden’s advisers had made a statement in Spanish that the border was not closed, and only changed her mind and claim in English that she had misspoken.

“I can tell you the Spanish version is being heard, not the English,” he said, noting that message is resonating with those coming to the U.S. and those who are sending their children here, even if it means putting them at risk.

“And so when people think they can get in, they begin sending their unaccompanied child on a train ride across Mexico where she may be kidnapped and trafficked, on the hope they’re going to be waved through at the border.”

Cassidy also addressed Mayorkas’ deployment of FEMA to the border.

“They’re sending FEMA for reinforcements—not for today, not for tomorrow, but for three weeks from now,” he said.

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WASHINGTON, DC- Texas Rep. Michael McCaul (R) issued stern words of caution on Tuesday, warning that by summer there will be “probably somewhere around a million people trying to get into this country illegally.”

McCaul, appearing on Fox News Channel’s “The Story” slammed Joe Biden’s border policy, accusing him of creating a “humanitarian crisis.”

“President Biden says he wants us to be humane. He’s actually created a humanitarian crisis.

These poor children, they get trafficked all the way up that dangerous route. And now, we don’t have enough detention space to put them in, and then you’ve got the COVID crisis down there as well. I think they have created the Biden border crisis. They need to fix it,” McCaul said as reported in Breitbart News.

Earlier Tuesday on Fox Business’ “Mornings With Maria,” McCaul said that it was “easier to cross the border illegally into the United States” than it is to tour the United States Capitol after Biden has reversed nearly all of former President Trump’s immigration policies.

 

Newsmax reported that McCaul said:

“He’s allowing them to come in without applying in Mexico. The catch and release policies are gone now. He stopped the building of the wall.”

McCaul contrasted the halting of construction of the border wall with the razor-topped fence that has been constructed around the Capitol.

He also sharply criticized Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas for sending the wrong message to those who are thinking of entering the country illegally.

“When the secretary of Homeland Security says, you know, don’t come now but maybe come later, it sends exactly the wrong message,” McCaul told Maria Bartiromo.

“We’ve seen this move before when you interviewed me on the Rio Grande River during the Obama administration. We are now going back to that same era.”

On “The Story,” McCaul slammed the administration’s approach to the minors who are entering the country.

“I think it’s not only a threat to these children who are being exploited, but—and they know the laws in our country.

But it’s also a threat to Americans, this population coming in. Biden has cut off these agreements with Mexico, Central America, where they’d have to stay in Mexico to apply for asylum.

“And now, they’re—I’ve seen this before, Martha, and I predict this, by summer you’re going to see, as my governor just said, probably somewhere around  a million people trying to get into this country illegally.

And as I’ve said before, it’s ironic that you can get into this country illegally easier than you can get a tour of this Capitol right behind me,” he told anchor Martha MacCallum.

This is nothing new for McCaul. In 2019, he wrote an op-ed on Fox News in which he slammed Democrats for blocking meaningful border legislation some 18 times from coming to the House floor for a vote.

He had accused Democrats back then of “playing politics with people’s lives” while the crisis at the southern border “worsens by the minute.”

Speaking to Bartiromo this week, McCaul expressed concern about the surge in illegals entering the country who are COVID-positive and the fact that even though tests for COVID are taking place, those people, due to “catch and release” are cut loose into the country.

“They test them and then release them onto the streets and they’re trying to figure out how to deal with this policy,” McCaul said.

“It’s absolute chaos down there, Maria and it’s sad because we made a lot of success triumphs under the prior administration to secure the border which is so important, and I believe that Biden with the stroke of a pen has reversed all of this.”

McCaul said that Biden now owns the crisis at the border.

“Within a month, they’ve created a crisis at the border. These are very sophisticated traffickers. Maria, I was a federal prosecutor down there for many years. Their business, they know what they’re doing, they know what our policies and laws are.”

He also blasted the message being sent by the Biden administration, calling it “the worst.”

“It’s basically we’re open for business, come on in, and so now they’re dealing with the crisis at hand,” he said.

“You’ve seen how dangerous it can be. It puts these children at risk as well. But also, the bad actors that could come into the United States worries me, and the drugs and the potential terrorists. This is really sad to see in my home state and all along the southwest border.”

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