Afghan On Terrorist Watch List Caught At Border
Afghan On Terrorist Watch List Caught At Border
National security? WHAT national security? Joe Biden and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas keep insisting our border is safe and secure. So I guess we should consider ourselves lucky that an Afghan national on the terrorist watch list was caught in San Diego last week?
It’s been confirmed that an Afghan national on the U.S. terror watch list was apprehended while illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in California on Wednesday, one day before Title 42 officially expired on May 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET time. The arrest was confirmed to Fox News by several sources in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), who did not reveal the identity of the individual on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) terror watch list.
Ok, so it’s good news that this guy, a known or suspected terrorist (KSTs) decided to show up at the border and get caught. However, I have many questions about this. MANY.
In fiscal 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations agents apprehended 67 KSTs at ports of entry and 98 between ports of entry at the southern border, totaling 165. At northern border ports of entry, they apprehended 313. Combined, CBP OFO agents apprehended 478 KSTs in fiscal 2022.
Fiscal year to date, OFO agents have apprehended 45 KSTs at ports of entry and 80 between ports of entry at the southern border, totaling 125. At the northern border, the numbers are still higher: 205 at ports of entry and two between ports of entry. So far, that’s 332 this fiscal year who’ve been apprehended trying to enter the U.S.
Question number one: How many have we missed?? Because, reality check here, you can darned well bet others decided to cross the border illegally and are numbered among those 1.5 million or more who’ve slipped through CBP fingers because resources are so thin on the ground.
Yet Mayorkas went on the Sunday talk shows yesterday and bragged about the “successes” at the border. Fewer people are crossing! Well, there’s a reason for that.
Yes indeed. It isn’t because of Mayorkas that the CBP has seen fewer crossings since last Friday. Nope, it’s because Mexico stepped up their enforcement and Governor Abbott deployed TX National Guard to the border. Also, with more people showing up at the port of entries, those facilities are totally overcrowded.
US Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) shared the footage of the crowd of mostly men standing amid makeshift beds in the 120-person room Friday.
He said the Central Processing Center handled about 6,000 migrants that day despite its maximum capacity of 1,000.
During a press conference about the crisis after the end of the pandemic-era Title 42, the congressman called it an “astronomical number.”
“A cell that is supposed to hold 90 people was holding 400 to 500,” he said, KFOX reported. “These are not good conditions.”
As we’ve noted and others have as well, illegals are being processed and given court dates nearly ten years from now!
Question number two: As I’ve asked previously, does ANYONE really think all of them will show for court? As in Minnesota, one woman was brutally beheaded by an illegal who never showed for first court hearing, was given a pass at the second despite arrest record and arson charges, and is still not facing deportation!
Quite frankly, Mayorkas has no room to brag about anything. His tenure at DHS is an abject failure and our national security is at risk because of him and Joe Biden’s atrocious open borders policies.
Statement on Arrest of Afghani on Terror Watch List at Border. pic.twitter.com/FtFhnIiRbS— Supervisor Jim Desmond (@jim_desmond) May 14, 2023
Question number three: Given the CBP and ICE resources are spread so thinly, can anyone be confident that all the illegal immigrants, especially the men, have been screened appropriately? Many have been sent to hotels in places such as New York while displacing veterans and canceling wedding party room blocks. Is there anyone keeping an eye on these folks? Nope. Not that I can tell.
Question number four: Does anyone really think that Afghan national was traveling by himself? Where are his buddies?
Our border is a sieve. Heck, it’s practically non-existent. The Biden Administration has totally whiffed on this issue, purposefully in my opinion. Yes, this is a humanitarian crisis, along with the drugs being shoveled into this country.
However, what this REALLY is, is a national security issue. Again, we should be glad that at least ONE more terrorist was nabbed at our border. Yet the question remains, what about those who have slipped through??
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Mayorkas is claiming credit for the game day rain delay…. The Texas border area has been under severe weather status for the last 4-5 days. The annual amount of rainfall has occurred in that short period. Weather south of the border is worse. The flow of illegals got shut down by the weather as they take shelter. The flow will start up as weather gets better in 3-4 days
“But diversity is our strength! And you’re profiling him because of islamaphobia! He’s just a dreamer that wants to go to college!”
Did I miss any talking point?