Reports are claiming that terrorists are entering the US in unprecedented numbers. A significant portion of those eluding law enforcement at the border are employed by Mexican drug gangs contributing to fentanyl-related fatalities in the United States.
Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) claims that an increase in illegal immigration has resulted in an alarming number of known and suspected terrorists entering the United States.
The Louisiana representative claimed the Biden administration was presenting “absurd” statistics on the true number of known and suspected terrorists infiltrating America across its borders in an interview with NTD.
The number, according to Higgins, a decorated law enforcement officer, is likely to be considerably greater, in part because there are so many “got-aways,” or suspected terrorists who have actively avoided contact with law enforcement at the border.
Following the arrest of 50 individuals who were on the FBI’s terror watchlist between October 2021 and May 2022, Higgins made his remarks.
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In the fiscal year 2021—which included some time under the previous administration of President Donald Trump—that number was just 15.
“Toward the end of last year , I had estimated that we had lost about 250 KSTs, known and suspected terrorists, so the total numbers now that we’re told could serve about 700,000 ‘got-aways’ are suspected to have crossed into America. I think that’s a low number,” Higgins said.
“From my perspective, with data delivered to me by boots on the ground, from the border and from Central America and Mexico, and from the official numbers that are delivered to Congress from official data collection processes with Customs and Border Patrol, I think it’s reasonable for Americans to sort of step back and say, ‘My God, we have somewhere between 500 and 1,000 known and suspected terrorists [who] have entered into our country across our southern border since President [Joe] Biden has been inaugurated into office.’ This should startle every American citizen regardless of political affiliation.”
Higgins cited the Biden administration, which he claimed is employing “conservative numbers” when calculating the number of suspected terrorists in the country, as the reason why he thought the true number may be higher.
The congressman continued by saying that part of the reason for this is that “got-aways” are notoriously hard to arrest since they actively flee and hide from law authorities.
According to Higgins, the situation has gotten worse since a large portion of border law enforcement has been diverted from their primary goal of guarding the border to instead process illegal immigration, providing the “got-aways” additional opportunities to flee.
“So the men who are aggressively evading law enforcement, we’re looking at true numbers of probably a million, but we’ve been told 700,000,” Higgins said. “So just using a number of 700,000, and estimating that a very small percentage of that number would be a known or suspected terrorist, which fits the historical data, you could look at 700 known and suspected terrorists who have crossed into our country.
“It’s a startling number. It should frighten us all. It should drive us to greater action to confront the Biden administration’s failed border policies to insist upon the resignation of [Department of Homeland Security] Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas and to promise the American people that if Mayorkas doesn’t resign, he’s going to be impeached.”
Higgins went on to say that a significant portion of those eluding law enforcement at the border are employed by Mexican drug gangs and cited the increased incidence of fentanyl-related fatalities in the United States.
Families Against Fentanyl, a nonprofit organization, released data earlier this year showing that in only two years, the number of fatalities from the potent synthetic opioid has more than doubled in 30 states. They have tripled in 15 states.
According to Families Against Fentanyl, the drug is currently the leading cause of mortality for Americans between the ages of 18 and 45.
The Drug Enforcement Administration claimed earlier this year that traffickers were using fentanyl to increase the addictiveness of counterfeit prescription medications like OxyContin and Percocet, which are also frequently used by drug users, in order to increase repeat purchases.
In reference to those who “got-aways” from border patrol agents, Higgins said: “They’ve crept into the dark recesses of criminal networks across the country, and we don’t know who they are. We don’t know where they are. We don’t know what they’re up to.”
“But they didn’t cross the world as a known or suspected terrorist, plugged into terrorist networks to cross into our country—a difficult and challenging journey—just for chuckles. They didn’t come here just for sightseeing.”
“They’re up to no good. We don’t know what that is. But it’s a serious problem. And it has specifically been caused and allowed by the Biden administration policies. And Secretary Mayorkas. We intend to hold them both to account.”