Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned Tuesday that illegal immigration on the US-Mexico border is creating a golden opportunity for terrorist groups, calling it “another 9/11.”
“There are 80 countries they choose people from,” Graham told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “There are two terrorists from Yemen whom they caught a few weeks back. How easy would it be for an al Qaeda or ISIS cell to leave Afghanistan and come to the southern border, mingling with this group?
“The Border Patrol is doing its best,” Graham said, “but he told me that the likelihood of a terrorist attack from our southern border is increasing day by day.
Graham visited the Yuma Sector of the Border Patrol in Arizona on Monday. Prior to their visit, TownHall.com reported that the region’s lone overflow facility had illegal immigrants being either driven to other holding locations, abandoned in the US, or deported to Mexico.
“There were 5,000 people in this facility built for 500 by the time I arrived,” Graham said Tuesday. “When I got there, there were still 1,000.”
While it was unclear whether the speedy eviction was linked to Graham’s visit, a Border Patrol source told the outlet that “there is no way we can move people quickly”.
“Between October 2020 and October 2021 of this year, there has been a 1,300 percent increase in illegal crossings in the Yuma sector alone,” Graham said. “In 2020, 8,000 people were apprehended in the Yuma sector. By the week I went there, until a few days ago, 114,000 people [were apprehended] In the Yuma sector alone. What you’re seeing in Texas is moving to Arizona. “
As record-setting numbers of immigrants attempt to cross into the US, the Biden administration continues to fall back on enforcement efforts. On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas announced that the department would stop roundup of illegal immigrants at their workplaces and encourage “prosecution discretion” for those who are “victims of or witnesses to workplace exploitation.”
The directive came nearly two weeks after Mayerkas ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to focus on deporting illegal immigrants who “pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security” because The government does not have the resources to track it. Everyone who enters the US illegally
Graham said Tuesday night that Mayerkas’ latest directive is “going to be another incentive for people to come, as the word ends: You come, you claim asylum, you never leave.”
“Biden’s policy choices are now all over the world,” the senator said. “We had 40,000 Brazilians coming from the Yuma sector alone, wearing designer clothes and Gucci bags to Connecticut. This is no longer economic migration. People see an open America, they’re taking advantage of us, and in this crowd It will not take long for a terrorist to arrive.