A Texas lawmaker is sounding the alarm on the possibility of international terrorists reaching the US-Mexico border — following two deadly terror attacks at the US evacuation site in Afghanistan, and amid the ongoing border crisis seeing record smashing illegal crossings month over month.
On Thursday, Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) took to Twitter to urge President Biden to secure the southern border “before it’s too late,” after ISIS conducted two bombings at the Kabul airport where American forces are rushing to evacuate thousands of Americans and Afghan allies.
The attacks Thursday killed at least 13 American service members and at least 95 Afghans.
“My biggest fear is that these attacks today are just the beginning of what we will continue to see as the Administration fails to get Americans and our Afghan allies out and to safety,” he wrote.
“Suicide bombs in Kabul today — suicide bombs in the US tomorrow,” the Texas Representative wrote in two other tweets from a separate Twitter account. “Biden must IMMEDIATELY secure our southern border before it’s too late! Our southern border is unsecured at a time when international terrorism is peaking. America please remain vigilant at all times. If you see something, say something.”
The same day, Afghanistan’s capitol city of Kabul saw two bombings near the airport where masses of people were attempting to evacuate.
President Joe Biden has blamed ISIS for the deadly attacks, vowing to respond with “force and precision.”
“We will not be deterred by terrorists. We will not let them stop our mission. We will continue the evacuation,” Biden said Thursday evening.
“To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay… We will respond with force and precision at our time and the place we choose and the moment of our choosing.”
The US troop withdrawal is set to end Aug. 31.
Following Biden’s address, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that “nothing has changed on that timeline.”
The US has evacuated over 100,000 people, including Americans and Afghan allies, from the war-torn nation since Aug. 14.
Evacuations were temporarily paused following the bombings but flights resumed Friday morning.
Gonzales is not the first to warn of the threat of terrorists exploiting the porous border, as former Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott warned this month that President Biden’s mishandling of the surge of illegal immigrants at the southern border is causing a national security threat because of the number of known or suspected terrorists crossing into the US.
“Over and over again, I see other people talk about our mission, your mission, and the context of it being immigration or the current crisis today being an immigration crisis,”Scott said in a video message to his agents before retiring on Aug. 14, which was obtained by the Washington Examiner.
“I firmly believe that it is a national security crisis. Immigration is just a subcomponent of it, and right now, it’s just a cover for massive amounts of smuggling going across the southwest border — to include TSDBs at a level we have never seen before. That’s a real threat,” Scott said, referring to the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database.
Customs and Border Protection officials told Congress in March that four people — three from Yemen and one from Syria — on the terror watchlist had been arrested at the border since Oct. 1.
In July, border officials stopped 212,672 illegal immigrants trying to cross into the US — the highest total in 21 years.
CBP also reported that there have been more than 1.1 million illegal border crossings already this year.