Known and suspected terrorists are entering the United States in unprecedented numbers amid a surge in illegal immigration, according to Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.).
Higgins, a decorated law enforcement officer, said he believed the number to be much higher, in part owing to the number of suspected terrorists who have aggressively avoided interaction with law enforcement at the border, referred to as "got-aways."
That figure was just 15 in the fiscal year 2021, which included several months under former President Donald Trump's administration.
"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.
'Conservative Numbers'Explaining why he believes the actual number of suspected terrorists in the United States could be higher, Higgins pointed to Biden's administration, which he said is using "conservative numbers" when it comes to estimating how many there are.
The lawmaker added that this is, in part, due to the "got-aways" being very difficult to catch because they aggressively run and hide from law enforcement.
Things have been made even harder, according to Higgins, because much of law enforcement at the border has been pulled away from their primary mission of securing the border to instead processing illegal aliens, giving the "got-aways" more opportunity to escape.
"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."
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Speaking of the "got-aways" who have evaded law enforcement at the border, 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."