(GoRealNewsNow.com) – Terrorism suspects are increasingly entering the United States by taking advantage of the Biden administration’s illegal alien invasion, according to a former Border Patrol chief who told Congress the situation at the Southern Border “scares the hell out” of him.
Latest data shows that Border Patrol officers arrested 146 individuals from the US government’s terrorism watch list in the first ten months of the 2023 fiscal year alone, The Washington Times points out in a report.
The figure is higher than all terrorism suspects detained at the Southern Border between 2017 and 2022.
Rodney Scott, a former Border Patrol chief dismissed by the Biden administration, told the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing last week that border agents no longer have the resources to conduct proper investigations into potential terrorists due to the vast influx of illegal immigrants.
“Overwhelmed officers and agents no longer have time to conduct meaningful interviews,” Mr. Scott told Congress.
“Border Patrol is overwhelmed with illegal aliens from several countries that are known to be affiliated with terrorism, but those agents cannot get timely language translation support to conduct the most basic processing, let alone a meaningful interview,” he elaborated.
The former Border Patrol head argued that border security had “scary” holes. At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security’s assurances were “empty” as the current vetting process of illegal migrants only includes collecting names and fingerprints, which are run against US databases.
He insisted that reducing the number of border crossings was vital to allowing agents to focus on investigating terror suspects.
The Times notes a CNN report from last month which revealed that the federal government “scrambled” to find over a dozen illegal immigrants from the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan, who had been “caught and released” inside the United States.
The rush to find the illegal aliens occurred after the authorities found that they were smuggled inside the country by an individual connected with the Islamic State terrorist group.
It is also noted that in 2022, the FBI disclosed it had prevented a plot by Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab, an Iraqi migrant, seeking to traffic to the US “an Islamic State hit team.”
The suspect, who had entered the US on a fraudulent visa, had confessed to an FBI informant that he had already smuggled two migrants linked to Hezbollah, a pro-Iranian group, who paid $50,000 each.