Sen. Hagerty: ‘We’ve Advertised That We’re Not Going to Protect Our Own Borders’

Micky Wootten | September 23, 2022 | 2:26pm EDT
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Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) - When asked why he thinks Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seen an increase in encounters with people on the terrorist watchlist at the southwest border, Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) said we have made our southern border “the path of least resistance” for “people who are going to do harm to America.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 22, CNS News asked Senator Hagerty,  “According to Customs and Border Protection, in fiscal year 2020, it encountered 3 people on  the terrorist watchlist trying to cross the Southwest border. Last year it encountered 15, and in the first 11 months of this fiscal year, it has encountered 78. Why do you think there has been that increase?”

“Um, I haven’t checked the facts, but assuming they are correct, I think that the reason is that we’ve advertised that we’re not going to protect our own borders,” replied Senator Hagerty.

He continued, “And people who are going to do harm to America are going through the path of least resistance. Clearly, our southern border is that bad.”

“This is the greatest national security crisis we’re facing as a nation right now and this administration is refusing to do anything about it, except make it worse,” said the senator

As CNS News has reported, in the first 11 months of this fiscal year, CBP has encountered 78 individuals on the terrorist watchlist trying to cross the southwest border between the legal ports of entry, which is a 500% increase from the 15 encounters it had last year.

According to CBP, “The Terrorist Screening Dataset (TSDS) -- also known as the ‘watchlist’ -- is the U.S. government’s database that contains sensitive information on terrorist identities.”

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