ANALYSIS – For those who still think President Joe Biden’s virtually open border with Mexico isn’t a concern, now add the fact that thousands of Mexican passport holders trying to enter the United States, may actually be Middle Easterners.
Some of them on terror watch lists.
This according to a memo by Biden’s own Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
DHS has initiated a massive fraud investigation according to the memo, and DHS’ National Targeting Center has already identified 28,500 individuals since January for “further evaluation.”
What’s worse, since last October, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has found 343 people whose names appeared on a national terror watchlist, according to agency data.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
The concern over fraudulent passports comes as a surge of illegal migrants at the southern border overwhelms the immigration system. With hundreds of thousands of migrants attempting to enter the country each month, Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies often lack resources to properly vet who is entering the country.
Significantly, Biden’s DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last year that the United States risks losing its “first line of defense” because of the “unsustainable” amount of illegal immigration at the border.
More than 1.8 million migrants have been apprehended by the Border Patrol on the southern border since October 2021.
This is a new a new annual record, surpassing Biden’s previous fiscal year annual record
The Free Beacon adds that:
FBI director Christopher Wray testified in the Senate earlier this month that the border crisis “represents a significant security issue and represents a wide array of criminal threats that flow out of it.”
“Any port of entry, any potential vulnerability is something we know foreign terrorist organizations and others will seek to exploit,” Wray said.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, roughly 20 million Mexican citizens easily travel to the U.S. as tourists each year.
The Free Beacon continues:
This investigation highlights that criminals often use legal travel to facilitate criminal activity,” the senior DHS official told the Free Beacon. “The nexus to Mexico should cause the public and lawmakers to reflect on how a porous border can be even more dangerous.”
Meanwhile a separate Free Beacon report notes that “More than half of all Americans believe the United States is facing an invasion at the southern border, according to a recent survey from NPR.”
According to the poll, 54 percent of Americans, including 40 percent of Democrats, say it is “completely true” or “somewhat true” that the border crisis is an “invasion.” Nearly three-quarters, 73 percent, of respondents said they believe the “large number of migrants apprehended at the southern border is a problem.”
This poll, though smeared by mainstream liberal news groups such as NPR as a product of “increasingly extreme rhetoric around immigration,” actually shows the partisan divide over the border is shrinking as more Democrats see the Biden Border Crisis as an invasion. ADN