Sen. Rubio: Terrorists Aren't Turning Themselves in to Border Agents

Susan Jones | September 21, 2022 | 9:48am EDT
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A US Border Patrol officer directs migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border near Yuma, Arizona, on May 16, 2022. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
A US Border Patrol officer directs migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border near Yuma, Arizona, on May 16, 2022. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

( - In the first eleven months of fiscal 2022 (October through August), the Border Patrol encountered 78 people on the terrorist watchlist trying to come into this country between the Southwest border ports of entry.

As reported, that's a more than five-fold increase from the 15 people on terrorist watchlist apprehended by Border Patrol agents in FY 2021.

"But the problem is that those are the ones we know about," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told Fox News Wednesday morning.

"Okay, so most people crossing the border -- they've all been coached. This is an industry. They coach you up. These are the magic words you have to say, you turn yourself in to a border agent, you say these magic words and you'll be released, by the way, with a fake address. No one's talking about that. DHS is now giving people, migrants, if they don't have an address, they give them a fake address in the United States.

"But people are turning themselves in. If you know you're a terrorist, you're not turning yourself in. So the 78 is but a small sliver of what we suspect is a much broader group of people linked to groups in the Middle East -- the terrorism; but also terrorist groups in our hemisphere, the ELN and the FARC. Two communist, terrorist, narco-trafficking organizations in Columbia and the Venezuela region. There are people linked to that. In fact, I think that's the single largest group of terrorists that have been apprehended that have been sent here.

"And what we don't even know --and I think we need to be looking into it, there's been reports on this. Is there a strategy here? Is Venezuela deliberately, or are other countries deliberately sending people here that they believe will cause harm within the United States? We also don't know the answer to that, but there's some suspicion that might be the case.

"None of this is going to be answered by this administration because they don't care. They really literally do not care."

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a record 2,150,639 foreigners have showed up at the southwest border so far this fiscal year -- 1,997,769 of them crossing illegally between southwest ports of entry, and the rest (152,870) either requested asylum or were deemed inadmissible by CBP's Office of Field Operations, which includes Customs/ports of entry.

"Failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, including the recent increase in encounters at the southwest U.S. border," said Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus in a news release announcing the latest statistics (see chart below).

"But it's not just from those three countries," Sen. Rubio said on Wednesday.

"It's from all over the world. I mean, there are literally people from over 100 different countries entering the border, crossing the border. It's an industry.

"Okay, there are flights from Turkey that are bringing people from Turkey and the Middle East into Mexico into Cancun and then from there crossing the border. It's from everywhere, it's uncontrolled, it's out of control.

“And the hypocrisy of all these communities that say, oh we welcome these immigrants, we want them here. But within 24 hours Martha's vineyard had deported the immigrants to Cape Cod."

The chart below shows how illegal immigration has skyrocketed under President Joe Biden who has never been to the overrun border:

(Source: Customs and Border Protection)
(Source: Customs and Border Protection)


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