Experts warn Taliban’s release of prisoners in Afghanistan poses grave terror threat at southern border

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials and national security experts, the Taliban’s release of prisoners throughout Afghanistan poses a security threat on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The Taliban freed thousands of prisoners, many of whom either worked directly with or had ties to al-Qaeda and ISIS, when it captured Bagram Air Base on August 15th.

Afghan soldiers surrendered the base with virtually no resistance, leaving U.S. intelligence officials with little ability to track suspected terrorists.

According to one DHS official who requested anonymity to speak candidly, the crisis at the southern border could prove an inviting target for terrorists. The official said:

“We’ve always been surprised by the countries of origin we see individuals coming from along our southwest border. It’s more than likely some Afghans will arrive now as well. It’s definitely a national security threat and the strain of forces currently along the border would make it more likely that some would slip through illegally.”

The intelligence community reportedly warned the Biden administration about terror threats at the southern border just weeks before President Joe Biden announced the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

In a classified memo, national security officials warned the White House that border patrol officers had arrested two Yemeni nationals on the terrorist watch list as they attempted to cross into the United States from Mexico.

One of the two men were also on the FBI’s no-fly list. Their names have not yet been released to the public. Senators from both parties pressed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Mark Milley on whether the Pentagon would change its terror assessment of Afghanistan following the collapse of the U.S.-backed government.

In their report to Congress back in June, the two stated that Afghanistan contained only a “medium” risk of terror groups and was likely obsolete.

Individuals who had worked on assessing terror threats at the southern border told the Free Beacon that the surge of migrants has left border patrol officers ill-equipped to face the new terror challenge. 

Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief of staff Jon Feere said that the record-setting influx of illegal border crossings will only exacerbate the threat. He said:

“When it comes to cross-border illegal immigration that goes undetected, there is obviously no background check taking place. Customs and Border Protection apprehended foreign nationals from countries across the globe and that means there are likely many aliens from problematic countries getting past the border patrol already.”

Border patrol agents have already complained about the lack of resources to adequately police the southern border. A little late to the game, but Biden administration officials are slowly starting to acknowledge the strain at the border. 

According to leaked audio, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas privately told border agents:

“If our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose and this is unsustainable.”

According to the audio obtained by Fox News’ Bill Melugin, Mayorkas said:

“We can’t continue like this. Our people in the field can’t continue and our system isn’t built for it.”

Mayorkas told the agents that the current border situation “cannot continue.” He said the federal government’s system was not designed to handle such an influx of migrants as the U.S. has seen in recent months and he was “very well” aware that the sector recently came close to “breaking.” He said:

“It’s our responsibility to make sure that that never happens again.”

While visiting the Texas border, Mayorkas announces that agents handled more than 212,000 migrant encounters in July, marking a 13 percent increase from the previous month. Some border agents expressed being exasperated by the Biden administration’s approach to the crisis.

One agent told Mayorkas:

“For those of us who have been around here long enough … we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We’ve had this happen before. We know exactly how to shut it down. We need to make illegal entry illegal.”

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Not messing around: Texas border sheriff locks up 17 illegal immigrants caught sneaking into America

August 12th, 2021

KINNEY COUNTY, TX– The influx of migrants into the United States has gotten out of control since the Biden administration took over earlier this year.

Many criticized the Trump administration for their tough stance on immigration, however with former President Trump no longer in office, illegal aliens are now flooding the borders at record numbers. 

Texas is being overrun by migrants, and Governor Greg Abbott has declared a local emergency, which allows for the migrants to be arrested by state police. The Kinney County Sheriff’s Office posted images of 17 migrants booked in jail after illegally crossing the border from Mexico, according to reports

Officials posted a video on Facebook, saying: 

“This is happening! 17 illegals this morning at the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office,”

The post went on to read:

“Judge Narci Villarreal magistrated each illegal alien. Thank you DPS for all your help.”

The sheriff also posted a group of photos showing the 17 migrants in their county jail uniforms.

Governor Abbott tweeted the Facebook post as an example of his “Catch and Jail” policy for illegal immigrants who are breaking Texas laws after illegally crossing the border, Breitbart reported.

Governor Greg Abbott pledged to arrest migrants who violate Texas laws and put them in jail, Breitbart Texas reported in an exclusive interview in June.

In a message directed towards migrants who are thinking of crossing the border into Texas, Abbott said:

“If you come to Texas, you’re subject to being arrested,”

He continued:

“You’re not going to have a pathway to roam the country. You’re going to have a pathway directly into a jail cell.”

Abbott went on to say:

“We want to be very aggressive in working with local officials and begin making mass arrests,” 

He added:

“In working in collaboration with a large number of counties — that means we’re going to be arresting a lot more people.”

In March, Abbott announced a newly launched plan to curtail and combat issues related to the smuggling of humans and narcotics through the southern border, which includes deploying the states National Guard and State Troopers to key areas. 

Here is that complete story. 

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AUSTIN, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently announced a newly launched plan to curtail and combat issues related to the smuggling of humans and narcotics through the southern border, which includes deploying the states National Guard and State Troopers to key areas. 

On March 6th, Governor Abbott announced what has been dubbed as “Operation Lone Star” – which the operation’s main focus is, “to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas.”

In a statement provided by Governor Abbott regarding the operation, the following was noted: 

“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration.”

“Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans.

We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis.”

The effort will include the deployment of the state’s National Guard and DPS officers in concurrence with, “air, ground, marine, & tactical border security assets to deny Mexican cartels & smugglers the ability to move drugs & people into Texas,” as mentioned in a follow-up tweet by the governor. 

Just days before this announcement from the governor was made, even Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar admitted that there was something that needed to be done about what was impending at the southern border: 

“We are weeks, maybe even days, away from a crisis on the southern border. Inaction is simply not an option. Our country is currently unprepared to handle a surge in migrants in the middle of the pandemic.”

The Texas Democrat made said statement after it was revealed that Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents had managed to apprehend approximately 10,000 migrants in a seven-day period between late-February and early March. 

Congressman Cuellar explained that with illegal border crossings going along in concurrence with the ongoing pandemic is, “potentially exposing border communities to the coronavirus and putting us at risk.

Right now, none of the migrants are being tested for COVID-19 by Border Patrol.”

As it would turn out, Congressman Cuellar’s concerns aren’t mere hyperbole, as we at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on illegal immigrants entering and travelling throughout country despite being positive for the coronavirus. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in March. 

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BROWNSVILLE, TX – As if the situation relating to the southern border weren’t complex enough already, there are new reports of border crossers being released into the country’s interior while testing positive for COVID

As many know already, President Biden has reinstated the practice of “Catch and Release” with respect to border crossers being released into the country’s interior while they’re awaiting their respective immigration and asylum hearings. 

But compounding the matter is reports that some of these border crossers are actually testing positive for the coronavirus, and still are moving freely throughout the U.S. to reach their desired destinations. 

Surprisingly, it was NBC News that shared the report of these instances, in which the report noted the following

“Miriam Izaguirre, a 35-year-old asylum-seeker from Honduras, crossed the Rio Grande at dawn Monday with her young son and turned herself in to the authorities.”

“A few hours later she was released, and the first thing she did was take a rapid test for Covid-19 at the Brownsville bus station. They told her her test came out positive.”

In that same report, Izaguirre had even told reporters from Noticias Telemundo Investiga that despite her positive test, she intended to travel by bus to make her way to Houston. 

Another border crosser mentioned in the NBC report stated that she intended to take a bus from Texas to North Carolina after having just tested positive for COVID:

“Eva Orellana, 29, who is from Honduras and who tested positive, said she was going to take the bus to North Carolina with her 3-year-old daughter.”

The distance between Brownsville, Texas to North Carolina is roughly 1,500 miles – and the CDC notes that travel by trains or buses, “for any length of time,” can, “increase your risk of getting COVID-19.” 

City officials in Brownsville have been testing border crossers since January 25th of this year, noting that roughly 110 border crossers have since tested positive for the virus. 

Despite all this ongoing, President Biden recently reiterated on March 2nd that there’s no crisis at the southern border currently happening. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas also shared similar sentiments one day prior to President Biden. 

Instead, DHS Secretary Mayorkas called the issues impacting the southern border a “challenge”:

“I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing, and we have our resources dedicated to managing it.”

Back in early February, Republican officials were pressing President Biden to cease from his handling of immigration endeavors that were seeing, “unvetted and likely unvaccinated illegal aliens to enter our nation,” according to a letter signed by numerous GOP senators

The letter conitnued from there, pointing out the hypocrisy of businesses being forced to close while the southern border seemingly remains open: 

“As we write this letter, main streets across America are shuttered, millions of parents can’t go to work, and children are kept from school. In a nation where everything seems closed, our border is now open.”

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