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Suspected Terrorists Crossing Border 'At A Level We Have Never Seen Before,' Outgoing Border Patrol Chief Says

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Washington Examiner

Suspected Terrorists Crossing Border 'At A Level We Have Never Seen Before,' Outgoing Border Patrol Chief Says

by Anna Giaritelli

Unprecedented numbers of known or suspected terrorists have crossed the southern border in recent months, the outgoing Border Patrol chief said.

The head of the Border Patrol, Rodney Scott, told his 19,000 agents before retiring on Aug. 14 that their national security mission is paramount right now despite the Biden administration's focus on migrant families and children who are coming across the United States-Mexico boundary at record rates.

“Over and over again, I see other people talk about our mission, your mission, and the context of it being immigration or the current crisis today being an immigration crisis,” Scott said in a video message to agents, obtained by the Washington Examiner. “I firmly believe that it is a national security crisis. Immigration is just a subcomponent of it, and right now, it’s just a cover for massive amounts of smuggling going across the southwest border — to include TSDBs at a level we have never seen before. That's a real threat.”

TSDB refers to known or suspected terrorists, as identified in the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database.

"Your peers or you are taking criminals, pedophiles, rapists, murderers, and like I said before, even TSDB alerts off the streets and keeping them safe from America," Scott said. "Even if we processed several thousand migrants that day and even if thousands of them were allowed into the U.S., you still took those threats off the street, and I think that's worth it. So please don’t ever undersell how important your mission is."

Full story https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/border-patrol-chief-suspected-terrorists-coming-across-southern-border