Former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott is sounding the alarm over the state of U.S. borders amid an increasing number of known criminals and terror suspects being caught trying to enter the United States.
In a Nov. 18 interview with "Fox News," the former border patrol chief warns he believes terror threats are a "real" possibility if the policies around border security remain the same.
Warnings About Hamas in the United StatesA warning was recently circulated internally among CBP officials warning that terrorists associated with the terrorist group Hamas could try to cross into the United States from Mexico. The warning came amid federal officials seeing an alarming increase in border hoppers listed on the U.S. Terror Screening Dataset, the official name for the terrorist watchlist.
CBP shows that in fiscal year 2023, which ended in October, Border Patrol agents apprehended 172 people on the watchlist from along the southwest border. However, when all ports of entry are added, the total number rises to 736.
Mr. Scott pointed out that it only took a small group to carry out the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans. He also claimed that before the Biden administration took power following the 2020 presidential election, border security was being tightened. But then the new administration "undid everything," creating the current situation.
"The threats are real; there is no negative to a secure border. This chaos that Biden has created, not only does it kill more migrants and more Americans, it's a direct threat to the border patrol agency, officers, and law document officers along the line," Mr. Scott said.
"We really need to secure the border, reestablish law and order along our southwest border, and end this chaos that is killing so many."
The Epoch Times has contacted the White House for further comment but did not hear back by the time of publication.
Recently, a border patrol agent was also killed after an ATV he was operating left the roadway and struck a light pole. According to libertarian think tank the Cato Institute, 35 border patrol agents have been killed along the border between 2003 and 2019. Roughly half were the result of vehicle accidents.
FBI Director Also Concerned About Border SecurityFormer Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott isn't the only official voicing concerns about terrorists crossing at U.S. borders. FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of Congress last month that the Hamas/Israel war in the Middle East could spark and inspire attacks on targets within the United States. Specifically, Mr. Wray fears the threat posed by what he described as homegrown extremists.
"Our most immediate concern is that individuals or small groups will draw twisted inspiration from the events in the Middle East, to carry out attacks here at home," he said at the time.
"We cannot and do not discount the possibility that Hamas or another foreign terrorist organization may exploit the current conflict to conduct attacks here on our own soil," Mr. Wray added.
However, the FBI director did stress that while there is a concern over terror threats, there is no information to indicate that Hamas "has the intent or capability to conduct operations inside the U.S., though we cannot, and do not, discount that possibility."