대표. Pfluger introduces bill to make DHS publish number of known or suspected terrorists trying to enter US

The legislation would require DHS to publish the number of individuals who attempted to enter the U.S. and who are on the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB). That database contains the information of thoseknown or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activities.

HOUSE HOMELAND REPUBLICANS PUSH DHS ON WHY NUMBER OF MIGRANTS ON TERROR DATABASE IS NOT MADE PUBLIC

It would require the government to publish a monthly update on the number of encounters on a monthly basis, the geographic regions where the encounters occurred, and how those encounters took place.

We’ve heard Secretary Mayorkas says the border is secure, so if that is true what I want to know is: What is there to hide when you’re talking about people who are on the terror watchlist that have entered this country?” Pfluger said.

공화당 원 have been pushing for months to get the administration to reveal that number, but the Biden administration has declined, saying it is law enforcement sensitive (LES).

Pfluger, the lead Republican on the House Homeland Security Intelligence and Counterterrorism subcommittee, told Fox that law enforcement officials had told him that the LES designation is only for when there is an ongoing investigation.

And if there’s not an ongoing investigation, and releasing numbers or some details will not impede future or ongoing investigations, then there’s no reason to keep it sensitive,” he told Fox News in an interview.

BORDER PATROL OFFICIAL’S TWEET ON CAPTURE OF ‘POTENTIAL TERRORIST’ DELETED; CBP SAYS IT VIOLATED PROTOCOL

Former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott has repeatedly sounded the alarm over the number of TSDBs coming across the border, 말함 fellow agents 그게 “at a level we have never seen before. “

We have terrorist threats we can’t get into in this type of a forum but they are real,” 그는 말했다 Fox News’ Bret Baier 10 월.

3 월, 폭스 뉴스 보도 that at least four migrants whose names match those on the terror watch list had been picked up by U.S. Border Patrol since the beginning of the fiscal yearbut that number has likely risen since then.

In December a tweet by a top Border Patrol official identifying a potential terroristcaptured at the U.S.-Mexico border was deleted, with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) saying it was deleted because it containedlaw enforcement sensitive informationand violated protocols.

Republicans on the House Homeland Security, including Pfluger, 썼다 to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in November, pushing for DHS to reveal the numberand have argued that they are not looking for more sensitive information such as identities to be released.

They suggested in that letter that the administration was not revealing the number for political purposes, in the context of a border crisis that has seen a massive spike in apprehensions andgotawaysat the border.

It’s obviously derogatory on their performance,” Pfluger told Fox. “We have the worst border crisis we’ve ever experienced, there’s more drugs, 펜타닐, there’s crime and trafficking, every single community is a border community, every state is a border state.

So if they release this number, and I suspect it would be much higher than previous years…then it would be another failing grade on their performance in keeping the country safe,” 그는 말했다.

The bill comes as there are growing questions as to how the British-born suspect in the Texas synagogue hostage standoff was able to enter the U.S. despite a lengthy criminal history and reports of extremist behavioralthough British media has reported that British intelligence dropped an investigation into the suspect, and he was not on a watch list.

Republicans in the House and Senate are 부름 for briefings from DHS and FBI to reveal information pertaining to that case, and how the suspect — 말리크 파이살 아크람 — was able to get into the U.S.

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