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Rubio links ISIS threat to US border after Moscow attack

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday linked Friday’s deadly ISIS attack on a Moscow concert hall to U.S.-Mexico border policy, a top priority for Republicans heading into the 2024 presidential election. pulled out.

Rubio, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on ABC’s “This Week” that there is “common sense” that commercial human smuggling groups with reported ties to ISIS “will definitely take advantage.” [their network] This is to transport the operatives to the United States. ”

No one has been injured or killed in a terrorist attack by an illegal immigrant in the United States since at least 1975, according to Congressional testimony last year by Alex Nowras, deputy director for economic and social policy research at the Cato Institute.

Three people known to have entered the U.S.-Mexico border illegally and were later convicted of terrorism-related crimes are Dritan Duca, Elgivir Duca, and Shine Duca, who entered the country as children in 1984. Only people. Nowras said they were arrested in 2007.

In any case, the alleged link between potential acts of terrorism and illegal border crossings at the southwest border is at the center of debates about border policy.

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens said: CBS News interview Although the Border Patrol apprehends about 2 million people who cross the border illegally each year, he said he is most concerned about the 140,000 people who successfully enter the country.

That’s despite the fact that Owens’ Border Patrol was the most successful in history, with a clearance rate of 91.3 percent in December. Analysis of official figures By Cato Institute.

This is the highest clearance rate since 2006. In November of that year, the Border Patrol apprehended only 54.1 percent of people who crossed the border, and the agency’s sensor network at the time was far less sophisticated.

Before 2006, expert estimates Back in the 1970s, there were 3 million successful attempts to evade Border Patrol each year.

“The quality of the evidence that terrorists are crossing borders is so low that we can safely ignore much of it. This fact can always change and we don’t know the future, but based on the information available , foreign-born terrorists attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border are, at best, a very small and manageable threat,” Nowras said in testimony before the subcommittee. August Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement.

But Rubio, who has been talked about as former President Donald Trump’s White House running mate, emphasized that the threat exists no matter how remote.

“We are not claiming there is an imminent threat to the United States, but we are saying that the situation at our border and the presence of that network is a threat to the United States,” he said.

On Friday, gunmen attacked Crocus City Hall in Moscow, killing at least 137 people. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group ISIS-K.

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