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  • Caitlyn Burge-Surles

Homeland Security Bombshell Raises Concerns of Terrorists at Border

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Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security Secretary, confirmed in a Senate Homeland Security hearing on Tuesday that 600,000 illegal immigrants have escaped Border Patrol agents in 2023, amid record numbers of terrorist crossings at the southern border.


Mayorkas used the term “gotaways” to describe these escaped immigrants, telling Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) “that number is over 600,000.”


The Homeland Security Secretary is no stranger to GOP-led critiques of his southern border policies, with new House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) telling Sean Hannity on Tuesday “I believe he’s committed impeachable offenses.” Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) called Sec. Mayorkas out for allowing an employee who made antisemitic comments on social media to remain on the DHS payroll, in light of the Hamas terrorist organization’s attacks against Israel this month.


The growing boldness of terrorist organizations in the Middle East and their aggressive comments toward the United States, combined with record numbers of terrorist border crossings, are leading officials to warn of potential terror activity.


An internal Customs and Border Protection San Diego notice read "[I]ndividuals inspired by, or reacting to, the current Israel-Hamas conflict may attempt travel to or from the area of hostilities in the Middle east via circuitous transit across the Southwest border.”


Additionally, FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress on Tuesday that the United States should remain on high alert for terrorist threats, calling the danger to the western world “a whole ‘nother level.”


“In just the past few weeks, multiple foreign terrorist organizations have called for attacks against Americans and the West. . .” Wray said. "It is a time to be concerned. We are in a dangerous period."



DHS stated last month that "terrorists and criminal actors may exploit the elevated flow and increasingly complex security environment to enter the United States."

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