The United States is “more vulnerable from inside terror attacks than at any time in its history,” former President Donald Trump said on Tuesday following a memo from the San Diego Field Office Intelligence Division of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) warning that members of terrorist groups — namely Hamas, Hezbollah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) — could be encountered at the porous southern border.
“With the millions of people that Crooked Joe Biden has allowed into the United States through his ridiculous Open Borders Policy, mostly young men, and large numbers of TERRORISTS, the U.S. is more vulnerable from inside terror attacks than at any time in its history, BY FAR!” Trump exclaimed on Truth Social, ending with, “MAGA.”
Trump’s proclamation comes weeks after the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas attacked Israel, murdering at least 1,400 individuals. On October 20, the San Diego Field Office Intelligence Division of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) warned that “individuals inspired by, or reacting to, the current Israel-Hamas conflict may attempt to travel to or from the area of hostilities in the Middle East via circuitous transit across the Southwest border.”
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“Foreign fighters motivated by ideology or mercenary soldiers of fortune may attempt to obfuscate travel to or from the US to or from countries in the Middle East through Mexico,” the memo reads in part, listing off possible indicators including military age males, military gear, insignias, associations to Israel, the Palestinian territories, “regional affiliations,” and those with an “undetermined return plan.”
NEW: Per CBP sources, CBP’s San Diego field office sent out this internal intel bulletin on Friday, alerting officers that Hamas, Hezbollah, & Palestinian Islamic Jihad foreign fighters inspired by the Israel conflict may be encountered at the U.S. southern border. Gives officers… pic.twitter.com/vBw5tv7lXg
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) October 23, 2023
As Breitbart News reported, the U.S. is experiencing a surge in illegal alien crossers who are on the “Terrorist Watch List” under Biden’s leadership:
Over the last year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “has encountered 149 illegal aliens at the nation’s northern and southern borders who were revealed to be listed on the federal government’s Terrorist Watch List,” as Breitbart News detailed.
The vast majority of the border crossers on the Terrorist Watch List, 146, were encountered at the southern border. That reflects a 7,350 percent increase in such encounters when compared to Fiscal Year 2017.
A report from House Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Rep. Mark Green (R-TN), further details this phenomenon, noting that Border Patrol “apprehended just 14 individuals whose names were on the [Terrorist Watch List], with most of them attempting to enter through the southwest border” between Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2020.
Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), meanwhile, is demanding answers on the number of “special interest aliens” released into the United States, writing to President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on October 18. Such individuals are described as “a non-U.S. person who, based on an analysis of travel patterns, potentially poses a national security risk to the United States or its interests.”
WATCH: Rep. Green Lays Out Impeachment Charges Against Mayorkas (Mentions Individuals on Terrorist Watch List Crossing Border at 4:o5:)House Homeland Security Committee