Former President Donald Trump issued a warning on Monday, expressing concern about potential security threats within the United States. Trump’s statement came in response to the recent surge in illegal border crossings and arrests of individuals on the terror watchlist. He raised concerns about a possible influx of individuals from the Middle East and their impact on the nation’s security.
Trump criticized President Joe Biden’s administration for its immigration policies, which he believes have led to a dramatic increase in illegal border crossings. During his presidency, only 11 individuals on the terror watchlist were arrested by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In contrast, the CBP has apprehended 282 such individuals under President Biden’s watch, according to recent data.
This concern coincides with Israel’s preparations for a ground operation in the Gaza Strip after a deadly attack by Hamas on October 7, which left over 1,400 people dead. Trump suggested that the conflict in the Middle East could have repercussions in the United States.
“The fight in GAZA is ‘coming home’ to the USA,” Trump wrote on Truth Social, his social media platform. “The tens of thousands of strong young men from the Middle East, that have already ‘invaded’ our Country, and are continuing to come, totally unchecked, will become a problem the likes of which we have never seen before.”
TRUMP: “The fight in GAZA is “coming home” to the USA…..CLOSE OUR BORDER, NOW. STOP THE ONSLAUGHT, STOP THE INVASION!” pic.twitter.com/3Odfs8PEAg
— Anthony Hughes OAN (@CallMeAntwan) October 23, 2023
CBP data from earlier this month revealed a significant number of “special interest” illegal immigrants from Middle Eastern countries apprehended at the southern border during the Biden administration. While these individuals are not necessarily terrorists, the Department of Homeland Security has expressed concerns that they could pose a potential national security risk.
The data showed that individuals from Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Syria, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Mauritania were encountered at the southern border between October 2021 and October 2023.
CBP sources also confirmed the apprehension of two men in their early to mid-20s from Lebanon in Eagle Pass, Texas, who are considered “special interest aliens” and are currently undergoing extensive background vetting.
Trump called on the Biden administration to address the ongoing issue of illegal immigration and the potential security risks it poses. He criticized President Biden’s foreign policy decisions, claiming that they have created a “giant mess” for the country.