Why Isn’t the Biden Administration Concerned About Terrorists Coming Through the Southern Border?

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Will it take a major terrorist attack on American soil for the Biden administration to finally take the situation at the southern border seriously? Over the past year, there have been several reports of Border Patrol apprehending suspected terrorists amid the ongoing migrant crisis. Yet, the White House has not bothered to address the matter.

The threat of radical Islamic terrorists making their way into the country over the border has been a discussion even before former President Donald Trump. Multiple officials have warned of such a possibility. But unlike his predecessor, President Joe Biden doesn’t seem too disturbed by this possible danger.

The Washington Times reported on Saturday:

The Border Patrol apprehended 20 terrorism suspects in September, bringing the total for fiscal year 2022 to nearly 100, according to new data released late Friday that shows the Biden administration obliterating previous records.

Experts say the numbers are a leading indicator of the chaos at the southern border, because when more are caught, it means even more are likely getting through.

The 20 suspects nabbed in September is a new monthly record, easily topping the previous high of 15 set in May.

By contrast, just 15 were caught in all of 2021, and just 11 were caught in the four years from 2017 to 2020.

So, the White House’s response to the growing number of terrorists crossing the southern border is to make sure we the people don’t find out about it. Considering how this administration has handled things so far, it’s not exactly a shocker, is it?

Not only is the White House not taking the issue seriously, but officials have also insisted that there is no threat posed by terrorism suspects entering the country over the southern border. In October last year, a top counterterrorism official with the Department of Homeland Security shot down these concerns. Counterterrorism Coordinator John Cohen told VOA that terrorists are not infiltrating the country through the border.

“That just simply is not the case,” he told VOA. “It is just factually inaccurate to frame the southern border as a place where we are seeing a significant number of al-Qaida or ISIS-related terrorists or foreign terrorists.”

Cohen encounters with these individuals are “low in comparison to the people who are seeking to travel to the United States through the aviation infrastructure, through the northern border.”

But Republican politicians have continued sounding the alarm over this threat. Before this interview, Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) slammed Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for ignoring the “obvious threat.”

“I’m 60 years old, I’ve never seen anything like this in America,” he told Mayorkas during a hearing. “We’ve been invaded.”

But again, as the Washington Times noted, how many of these people have been able to evade authorities at the border? We already know there are about half a million illegals who have managed to make it into the country by sneaking over the southern border. Border Patrol can’t possibly catch them all. If this many illegal aliens are successful in their efforts, how many terrorists can say the same?

Moreover, the fact that terrorists make up a small percentage of those entering the country is not exactly comforting. It only took 19 people to carry out the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago when federal authorities discovered a plot to smuggle terrorists into the country over the border to assassinate President George W. Bush.

The fact of the matter is that there could be foreign terrorists residing in the United States at this moment who were essentially granted entry by President Biden’s lax border policies. Yet, it still appears his administration is still unwilling to take serious action to remedy the issue. Hopefully, it doesn’t take an actual terrorist attack to get them to move on this matter.


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