exclusive: House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday asked the FBI and CIA to make a confidential briefing to congressional leaders and Vice President Harris about suspicious terrorists arrested on the southern border of the United States, which warned ” The “number of bad actors” who escaped arrest and may escape”. Currently living in the United States.
The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced this week that in the past two months, two Yemeni men have been arrested and identified on the terrorist watch list in the El Centro District of California. The first arrest was in January and involved a 33-year-old illegal Yemeni who was also on the FBI’s “terrorism watch list” and “no-fly list”.
CBP deletes arrests outside of the press release at the Yemen border crossing on the terrorist watch list
The second happened in the same department last week. The 26-year-old also won two awards. The first was transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the second was transferred to federal detention. “
In a letter sent to Fox News’s FBI Director Christopher Ray and CIA Director William Burns, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked herself to classify “certain people arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol Announcement,”
McCarthy wrote: “I hope she and congressional leaders will benefit from this briefing.”
McCarthy wrote: “Through dialogue with the Border Patrol and media reports, I learned that foreigners on the terrorist watch list were arrested for attempting to illegally cross our southern border.” “This highlights the ongoing border crisis. National security risks.”
Last month, McCarthy and a Republican delegation went to El Paso, Texas, and “first-hand” saw the “emerging humanitarian and security crisis” along the southern border.
McCarthy wrote: “The agents of the U.S. Border Patrol provided us with eye-opening trips and introduced them to the current crisis in El Paso and the business challenges they face every day.”
McCarthy went on to add: “In the briefing, the agents told us that they had not only arrested people in Mexico and Central America, but also people in countries including China, Iran, Yemen and Turkey.”
McCarthy said officials “represented that they arrested individuals on the terrorism watch list.”
Since October, four immigrants with immigration registers have been listed on the border watch list
He continued: “These revelations are shocking and concerned. For these reasons, I feel compelled to share these revelations with the whole country.”
McCarthy said that when he shared his concerns, his colleagues in Washington “even suspected that I was lying” and expressed doubts about it.
McCarthy said: “However, shortly thereafter, U.S. Customs and Border Protection staff confirmed the accuracy of my comments, and further reports gave people a deeper understanding of the situation.” “In fact, the threats only increased. Up.”
McCarthy wrote: “Just yesterday, in a public statement, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the arrest of two Yemenis who illegally crossed the border in the El Centro area of the Border Patrol. This is a departure from Egypt. El Paso hundreds of miles away.”. “Just like what we learned in El Paso, these El Centro suspects are also on the terrorism watch list.”
CBP issued a press release about this concern this week, but has since deleted it and its accompanying tweets.
Chief patrol agent Gregory K. Bovino said in a now-deleted press release: “Part of the Border Patrol’s mission is that we will protect the country from terrorist attacks.” “Today , Our agents do the same every day. Our concerns about the border illustrate the importance of our mission and how we never cease to be vigilant about the daily mission of protecting this great country.”
CBP and DHS did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request to delete the press release and the accompanying tweet.
At the same time, McCarthy quoted a report from the Washington Post as saying: “Every day, about 1,000 people are evading captives of the US Border Patrol.”
McCarthy wrote: “Although I am grateful to the Border Patrol for doing everything possible, I am very concerned about the number of bad actors who have escaped arrest and lived in the United States.” “We have no way of knowing whether other terrorists have not been found crossing the border.”
Fox News reported last month that at least four foreigners, including the Yemeni man arrested in January, had names matching those on the terrorist watch list. The Border Patrol has tried to enter the country illegally since October.
Kevin McCarthy (KEVIN MCCARTHY) proved correct afterwards, the media lied to suspicious terrorists lying on the border
A CBP spokesperson told Fox in a statement at the time that border security work “is hierarchical and includes multiple levels of strict screening, allowing us to detect and prevent people who pose a national security or public safety risk from entering the United States.”
“The Department of Homeland Security works with our international partners to share intelligence and other information, including preventing individuals on terrorist watch lists from entering the United States. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses several confidential and non-confidential databases on our ports of entry and Individuals encountered make a ruling to determine whether they constitute a violation of the law and pose a threat to national security.” “Although known and suspicious terrorists are rarely seen on our borders, they highlight the key to our agents’ daily operations. The importance of work to examine all individuals encountered on our borders.”
The White House said on Tuesday that such worries were “rare” and indicated that officials were doing their jobs.
“They did emphasize the importance of the critical work performed every day to review border personnel. The Department of Homeland Security not only works at the border as you know it, but it also shares intelligence and other information with international partners, including preventing whitelisting of press secretary James Jen Psaki said that certain individuals on the watch list cannot enter the United States. “They ruled on individuals encountered at ports of entry and ports of entry based on several confidential and unclassified databases. ”
She added: “So, although this is rare, it reflects their work.”
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McCarthy’s request and confirmation of this concern come as the Biden administration is struggling to deal with the wave of immigration on the southern border of the United States.
The Biden administration regarded this situation as a “challenge” and condemned the Trump administration’s immigration policy.
But last month’s initial CBP figures indicate that the agency is expected to encounter more than 171,000 immigrants in March, the highest level in 15 years.
Adam Shaw of Fox News contributed to this report.