Customs and Border Protection has arrested at least four people at the U.S.-Mexico border matching names listed in the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database since Oct. 1 of last year, the agency confirmed to Congress on Tuesday. According to Axios, three of the arrestees were from Yemen and one was from Serbia, outnumbering “similar people taken into custody during recent full fiscal years, according to the source.”
The announcement comes just days and even mere hours after multiple corporate media outlets and Democrats denied Republican legislators’ claims that some of the people attempting to cross the border were terrorists.
Shot: Chaser: pic.twitter.com/sx35leOyAY
— Justine Sanders (@JustineAnnSand) March 16, 2021
Shortly after House Minority Leader Republican Kevin McCarthy told reporters in El Paso, Texas, on Monday that Border Patrol was arresting people from the terrorist watch list originating from countries such as “Yemen, Iran, Turkey,” publications clamored to “fact-check” the representative and deny his claims.
McCarthy claims people on “the terrorist watch list” from “Yemen, Iran, and Turkey” are being caught coming across the southern border pic.twitter.com/b6ZlXkX9df
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 15, 2021
The crisis at the border is a national security vulnerability for the U.S.
As I said yesterday and Border Patrol confirmed today, they have caught individuals on the Terrorist Watch List attempting to enter our country.
We must secure our border now. https://t.co/1IbR68FTHL
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 16, 2021
“Republicans revive one of Trump’s most notorious immigration lies,” one Vox article stated.
MSNBC alleged that McCarthy “may have gotten ahead of his talking points yesterday” and said that his comments left “reason for skepticism.”
“That would be a rather extraordinary thing to lie about. We probably haven’t heard the last of this one.”https://t.co/VBKywme4qg
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 16, 2021
“Democrats Call Bullsh-t on McCarthy’s Claim That Suspected Terrorists Have Been Caught at Mexico Border,” The Daily Beast said.
Axios even claimed in its scoop that “Former President Trump and other conservatives have frequently warned — sometimes inaccurately — about foreign terrorists entering the United States via the southern border,” citing an NBC News “fact-check” of Trump’s former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
“Trump & other conservatives have frequently warned — sometimes inaccurately — about foreign terrorists entering the United States via the southern border.”
Imagine writing this line in a story that literally proves the warnings were, in fact, accurate.https://t.co/LfAWuK0Rqt
— Cliff Sims (@Cliff_Sims) March 16, 2021
Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona also challenged McCarthy’s comments, saying he was “pretty sure [McCarthy] is either wrong or lying.”
Weird as the Chairman of the subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations and a border state member of Congress haven’t heard anything about this. Gonna ask for a briefing. Pretty sure he is either wrong or lying. https://t.co/retrzeUPxV
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) March 15, 2021
Hi @GOPLeader I have have the same security clearance as you do. Can you have your office arrange for a classified briefing for members to see where this info derived from? https://t.co/retrzeUPxV
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) March 15, 2021
Even after news broke of the suspected terrorists’ arrests, however, Gallego still refused to back down from his original statement targeting the Republican leader.
“I am the Chairman of the Intelligence & Special Operations Subcommittee. I had a briefing 90 minutes ago. What I can say is that the IC evaluates all threats and reports. What I saw is a far cry from what we got out of the Minority Leader earlier today,” Gallego wrote on Tuesday.
I am the Chairman of the Intelligence & Special Operations Subcommittee. I had a briefing 90 minutes ago. What I can say is that the IC evaluates all threats and reports. What I saw is a far cry from what we got out of the Minority Leader earlier today. https://t.co/KxTKCv3ltj
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) March 16, 2021
Meanwhile, the Biden administration and the corrupt press continue to deny that there is a crisis at the southern border as federal agencies struggle to handle the record-breaking influx of more than 500 unaccompanied migrant children entering the U.S. daily.
“Migrants are not overrunning U.S. border towns, despite the political rhetoric,” one Washington Post headline recently stated.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki also recently reprimanded reporters for insinuating there is anything more than a “challenge” at the U.S.-Mexico border, blaming Trump for a “dismantled and unprepared system.”
Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.