Reps. Pfluger, Flores call for House hearing on border encounters of suspected terrorists

In a letter to Chairman Bennie Thompson, the two lawmakers cite the recent case of Isnardo Garcia-Amando, who was on the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) but was released into the country with an ankle bracelet. He was not arrested until two weeks after his name was flagged by the FBI.

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They also note the arrest of Shihab Ahmed Shihab who, Volgens die Departement van Justisie, exchanged money with other individuals in an attempt to smuggle four Iraqi nationals into the United States across the southern border to help kill former President George W. Bush.

These recent stories are unsurprising given the ever-growing security risks at our southern border,” the lawmakers say.

Fox News reported in June that, so far this fiscal year (FY), Amerikaanse. Grenspatrollie is in hegtenis geneem 50 migrants on the TSDB at the southern border between ports of entry.

That is compared to 15 in FY21, which was up from three in FY20 and zero in FY19. There were six in FY18 and two in FY17meaning that the numbers this year are already higher than the previous five years combined.

The TSDB contains the information of thoseknown or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activitiesand the numbers of those encountered between ports of entry by Border Patrol has been on the rise.

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At the northern and southern bordersports of entry, there have been a total of 192 encounters (142 at the northern border and 50 at the southern border) by CBP’s Office of Field Operations. Dit is vergelyk aan 157 in FY21, 196 in FY 20, 538 in FY19, 351 in FY 18 en 333 in FY17.

They also note Fox’s reporting that there have been 440,000 bekend “gotawayssince October aloneand askhow many watchlisted individuals are possibly getting away?”

Noting that it only took 19 terrorists to commit the 9/11 terreuraanvalle, hulle sê: “We have been successful in warding off an attack of that magnitude up until now, but these increased encounters on our borders are indicative of a greater threat to come.

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“In die nasleep van 9/11, the nation was told by former director George Tenet that ‘the system was blinking red.’ We cannot place ourselves in a similar situation,” hulle skryf. “It is imperative that we hold a hearing to understand the full scope of this threat and take action to prevent any harm from coming to our homeland.

Pfluger has been one of a number of Republicans pushing for the Department of Homeland Security to reveal the number of encounters on the TSDB. Doeane- en grensbeskerming (CBP) began making that number public in May.

Flores, intussen, turned a Texas House seat red in a special election last month after Rep. Filemon Vela, who held the seat for nearly 10 jare, resigned in March and vacated the seat.

Flores is now the first Mexican-born congresswoman to serve in the House. Her family moved to the United States when she was 6 jaar oud.

Fox News’ Bill Melugin het tot hierdie verslag bygedra.

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