Israel is well known for having one of the most secure borders in the world. Yet Hamas was able to conduct a large, coordinated attack against Israel. The attack killed 1,400 people, more Jews than any other attack in the last 50 years. To conduct the attack, Hamas penetrated an extremely secure border.
Matthew Kuckelman at The Daily Signal compared the Hamas attack on Israel with the open southern U.S. border. He wrote that there are more than 6,000 miles between Israel and the southern U.S. border, but Americans have a crisis at the border. He explained that “Americans have lived through other crises caused by President Joe Biden’s open border – crime, fentanyl deaths, and human trafficking – but we may not survive a terrorist attack brought by people who took advantage of the open border.
At least 172 migrants that Customs and Border Protection has apprehended between ports of entry matched those on the terrorist watchlist during fiscal year 2023. This compares to three in 2020. That’s an increase of over 5,000%.
On Monday, it was reported that at least two Iranian nationals on the watchlist had been apprehended in the first two weeks of October. So concerning is the threat of terrorists entering the United States that the president of Guatemala is highlighting the dangers posed by inaction to secure the border. And yet, the Biden administration has continued to ignore the crisis.
In fact, just two days before the attack on Israel, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Aleandro Mayorkas released a statement reaffirming the administration’s opposition to border walls. Since the attack on Israel, there has been no indication of a change in course from the Biden administration.
As the administration has continued down its path of unlimited illegal immigration, the door has been wide open for the terrorists to come in and broaden their operations in the U.S. Charles Marino, former senior law enforcement advisor at DHS, alerted members of Congress that terrorist groups “can and will exploit our open borders with help of the Mexican cartels.” If you thought the border crisis couldn’t get any worse, … it can.
Perhaps the most worrying part of the debate is that there really should not be much of a debate. The need to address this issue is not a new one, and it should not be partisan. The American people have suffered from the historic border crisis. Congress knows how to solve this problem and mitigate threats posed to the homeland – by securing our borders.
Kuckelman explained that the House of Representatives passed a historic bill – Secure the Border Act – earlier in 2023. The bill, if passed and signed into law, would take the necessary “steps to ensure terrorists cannot freely enter the United States through our southern border.” The bill would direct the restoration of our national security by resuming “construction of the border wall,” increasing “the number of Border Patrol agents,” preventing asylum fraud, and ramping “up interior enforcement to remove illegal aliens who may pose a threat to Americans.”
America needs to act to protect its people from another terrorist attack, but we have a weak and (possibly) compromised POTUS. He refuses to close the border and to put sanctions on Iran, a terrorist-producing state. I agree with Kuckelman that America will see another terrorist attack if we do not act forcefully and quickly.