Rancher sounds alarm on ‘route’ for terror as Mayorkas denies responsibility for mass border crossings

A fifth-generation Arizona rancher says he could refuse border security for political purposes and give terrorists an opportunity to cross into the United States through his land as the ongoing immigration crisis worsens. He blamed the lawmakers.

“It’s people talking and debating the issues. Border security has always been a political football,” Chilton Ranch owner Jim Chilton told Fox News. “That’s the nature of our system.”

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A long-awaited bipartisan border security deal aimed at controlling the overwhelmed asylum system at the southern border comes after all but four Republicans voted against the bill as it moves forward in the Senate. It collapsed a few days after it was revealed. Republican leaders in both chambers criticized the bill from the beginning, with House Speaker Mike Johnson repeatedly calling it “dead on arrival.” Democrats accused conservatives of killing it for political purposes.

“Secure our borders and develop a program to bring people into this country legally,” Chilton told Fox News in a plea to Congress. “We’re a nation of laws. We need to make sure that people don’t think they can just come into the United States.”

Immigrants wait for soup donated by the Yuma County Anti-Slavery Group on May 23, 2022. (Tama Mario/Getty Images)

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The bill would give President Biden and the Department of Homeland Security the authority to close the border if encounters with migrants reach certain thresholds, and allocate $20 billion for immigration enforcement. It also includes $650 million for border wall construction and reinforcement.

But Republican critics, including House Republican leaders, said the bill was not aggressive enough to curb illegal immigration as immigration surges under the Biden administration. The number of encounters with migrants reached a record high of 302,000 in December, according to Customs and Border Protection data.

And while lawmakers search for solutions, the southern border crisis is worsening, Chilton said.

5th generation rancher on the Arizona border

A fifth-generation Arizona border rancher says border security has always been a political game as lawmakers fail to pass immigration reform. (Courtesy of Jim Chilton)

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“Over the past three years, the problems in our region have gotten very serious,” Chilton told Fox News. He said hidden cameras installed on his property had captured thousands of illegal immigrants.

Chilton said some were wearing full-body camouflage clothing, while others were wearing carpet shoes, footwear with carpeted soles to hide their footprints.

“They are infiltrating our country without anyone noticing, and they could be terrorists,” he said.

Migrants cross the border through a ranch in Arizona

Jim Chilton, a fifth-generation rancher along Arizona’s southern border, worries that terrorists are entering the United States through his property. He said more than 3,000 people have been caught on camera illegally crossing the ranch. (Courtesy of Jim Chilton)

Officials announced that in fiscal year 2023, 169 people on the FBI’s terrorist watch list were encountered illegally crossing the southern border. CBP data.That’s more than last year 98 record-setting encountersas well as the total for the past six years.

“I’m really worried,” Chilton said. “If our adversaries around the world want to bring terrorists into our country, this is one way to do it.”

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he denied responsibility for the mass crossing at the southern border. Mayorkas, who is expected to soon face a second impeachment for failing to curb the immigration crisis, instead blames Republicans for sinking the bipartisan bill and holds Congress accountable for America’s broken immigration system. said it should.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolfe)

The failed border security deal also included an additional $95 billion foreign aid package. The stand-alone bill, which includes $60 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel and $8 billion for Taiwan, passed on a test vote of 67-27 on Sunday.

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But Chilton told Fox News that keeping Americans safe should be lawmakers’ top priority.

“It would be outrageous not to secure our borders first,” Chilton said. “Take care of America first. Close our borders.”

Ramiro Vargas contributed the accompanying video.



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