Twenty governors sent a letter to President Joe Bide and Vice President Kamala Harris last week to urge them to take action immediately regarding the nation’s border crisis. According to their letter, America’s southern border is not secure, opening the nation to a variety of threats, including terrorism.
Biden “incentivized an influx of illegal crossings by using irresponsible rhetoric and reversing a slew of policies — from halting border wall construction to eliminating asylum agreements to refusing to enforce immigration laws,” the letter said.
The president eventually handed off study of the “root causes” of immigration to Vice President Harris. She has talked virtually or by phone with leaders in Mexico and the Northern Triangle nations of Central America. However, these discussions avoid the many border crossers from outside the area, including some who may be entering to harm the country.
According to a report by The Hill, “CBP statistics indicate that 57,690 of the 342,673 illegal crossers who were apprehended at the southern border in March and April of this year were not from northern triangle countries or Mexico. At this rate, the yearly total of aliens from other countries will likely be more than 346,000, which would be almost three times as many as in fiscal 2019.”
If that doesn’t terrify you—that the people who are crossing into our country across the Texas and Arizona borders aren’t just people from Mexico and Central America looking for better economic opportunity—maybe this will:
On May 7, the Center for Immigration Studies revealed U.S. Customs and Border Patrol picked up two Yemeni nationals who had crossed from Mexico into California. Both men had been on the FBI terrorism watch list. One was also on the FBI’s No Fly list.
Todd Bensman’s book “America’s Covert Border War” notes 3,000-4,000 immigrants per year have been entering the nation illegally from Muslim majority nations. That was before the Biden administration’s policy changes.
Mainstream media has paid little attention to these concerns. Yet the next 9/11-like attempt will likely involve someone who has illegally crossed the nation’s southern border on foot rather than entering the nation by plane. With no organized way to apprehend and block terrorists from entering our nation via the south, what else should we expect?
The immigration issue often focuses on whether people from Mexico or Central America should be allowed into the country. There is another issue, however, that is more important: national security.
Trump understood this. He wanted a strong border and a border wall not just to end illegal immigration but to protect Americans. He’s not alone. Most Americans, regardless of political party, don’t want bad guys streaming across the Rio Grande River to cause us harm.
But with more than 342,000 illegal immigrants crossing the nation’s southern border in March and April alone, we are doing little to stop the next terrorist attack from entering on foot. What will it take to change the situation?
Unfortunately, it may take a terror attack before our government would do something to stop terrorists from crossing the border. It was only after 9/11 that many of our current airline security measures were put into place, despite prior warnings of terrorists planning to use airplanes as part of their plan.
God forbid we not learn from the past. Let’s secure our border and protect Americans from future harm.