The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warned Sunday that enemy combatants are increasingly entering through the porous U.S. southern border as terrorist groups recognize it as a “weakness” that can be exploited.
“[C]learly our enemies and our adversaries understand that it is a weakness,” Rep. Mike Rogers said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We have seen a trend of countries that we are very concerned about, a rise in individuals being apprehended at the border. The scary part about that is those are just the ones that get apprehended.”
His comments come as many congressional Republicans continue to insist on greater border security as part of any immigration-reform package.
Mr. Rogers said his committee “noticed a very dangerous trend a few years ago when the Iranian Quds force, their external terrorist group supported by the country of Iran, was planning an operation to use the southern border to infiltrate people into the United States to kill the Saudi ambassador.”
“So a porous southern border is now on the advertising list for those who want to do nefarious activities entering the United States, everything from criminal activity — gangs, we’ve seen that surely — human trafficking, and now you’re seeing these groups who we believe are connected in some way with terrorist organizations at least having the understanding, and now you’re seeing the apprehensions behind it,” the Michigan Republican said.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that they’ve figured out it is a weakness in our national security,” said Mr. Rogers.