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America’s alarmingly high terror threat just keeps climbing the more we fling open our doors

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No one knows what the risk is that foreigners released at the border or on parole by the Biden administration will carry out a terrorist attack inside the United States.

Not me. Not FBI Director Chris Wray. Not even former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell, who wrote in a June 10th Foreign Affairs magazine op-ed that the terrorism threat posed by a vulnerability on the U.S.-Mexico border is a “red flag.”

The risk is an estimate, equivalent to the number of “fugitives” who sneak into the country undetected each year, not the 194 known or suspected terrorists (KSTs) actually caught entering the country illegally so far in fiscal year 2024, as counted by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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More than 20 years ago, I had lunch with the diplomat who worked in Saudi Arabia and issued visas to half the 9/11 hijackers. At the time, young people from that wealthy, stable country were considered low-risk travelers: they went to American colleges, spent money, obeyed American laws, and returned home. They’re still low risk today, but believe me, any single Middle Eastern man looking to come to the U.S. for flight training is going to be asked a few questions:

Since 9/11, the US has developed better screening methods, collecting more information through fingerprint and facial scans, and improved information sharing between agencies. This has made it harder for known bad people to enter the country, but not bad people with no record. China, Cuba, and Venezuela have not proactively provided such information.

Biden’s relatively open border makes the risk of terrorism difficult to assess, let alone avoid.

We know that many American lives have been taken or ruined by foreigners who have no right to be here. Children. RapedWomen like the 13-year-old girl killed in New York last week. Women like Kayla Hamilton, murdered by a violent gang member. Mothers like Rachel Morin, whose cases are the product of murder. Man from El SalvadorVictims of drunk driving like Ignacio Cruz Mendoza, who had already been extradited to Mexico 16 times when he killed Scott Miller.

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Terrorists, for example, plan their actions in advance and hide them well. In May, two men, possibly Jordanian illegal immigrants, were arrested while trying to break into Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not released their names.

The federal government has yet to provide Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin with his identity or the circumstances of the driver who committed suicide while driving into Fort Story in Virginia Beach in April. As Youngkin wrote in a letter to Secretary Mayorkas requesting the information, only 11 people in the terrorist surveillance dataset (watch list) were apprehended at the southern border between fiscal years 2017 and 2020, but that number has already reached 104 this fiscal year.

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In fiscal year 2021, the Department of Homeland Security encountered only 342 Chinese nationals during immigration inspections. Last year, it encountered 24,125. Due to the overwhelmingly small number of people, the Department of Homeland Security is reluctant to question and release Chinese nationals. In March, a Chinese illegal immigrant “accidentally” wandered into Twentynine Palms, the largest Marine Corps base in the country, in California. According to the Wall Street Journal, there have been more than 100 such cases of Chinese nationals accidentally entering the base in recent years.

Gate of Twentynine Palms, California. (U.S. Marine Corps)

Active terrorist groups are known to exist in the former Soviet republics surrounding the country, including Dagestan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Recently reported More than 1,500 Tajiks illegally crossed the border between October 2020 and May 2024, and a staggering 500 were “arrested” this year alone. Eight Tajiks with known ISIS ties were arrested recently. What about those with unknown ties? They were almost all released.

In fiscal year 2021, CBP filed 3,675 Foreign nationals of special interest are “people from countries that the U.S. government has identified as potentially encouraging or harboring terrorism or posing any national security threat” and are screened at the border. Between October 2022 and August 2023, CBP encountered 74,904 people, including 659 Iranians and 538 Syrians, two countries that harbor people hungry for revenge against the United States.

Despite the obvious risks, our government seems completely oblivious to the potential disaster, allowing thousands of people, many of them young men, to enter our borders every day without checking their identities or their criminal histories in their home countries.

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On top of this, they parole another 1,400 people every day. They come from all over the world, especially from Afghanistan, Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela. How many Afghans were part of the Taliban, rather than being its victims? How many Haitians were not victims, but persecuted civilians for their governments or criminal organizations? How many Cubans, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans worked for the communist regime, rather than against it?

“It’s unfortunate that, given the need to address these risks, the Border Patrol is instead focusing its energy on accommodating illegal immigrants from detention and deportation,” said former Border Patrol Cmdr. Rodney Scott said Typically 70% of staff are on rounds and 30% doing administrative work, but that’s now around 10% to 90% as staff have been redeployed as social workers.

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Meanwhile, the State Department Fictional GenderThe CIA is painting its nails in honor of Pride Month, and the Department of Homeland Security is naming special interest aliens (“alien” is the term used in U.S. law). Special Interest Immigrants – I think it’s about being inclusive.

It is almost certainly only a matter of time before a preventable terrorist attack by a foreign national is carried out in the U.S. Although a terrorist could enter the U.S. on a visa, as the 9/11 hijackers did, it is more likely that the source will be the unprecedented numbers of illegal immigrants being released or paroled by the Biden administration.

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