Rodney Scott, chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, retired on August 14. Before handing over command of the federal law enforcement agency that serves as the country’s first line of defense against the unlawful entrance, he reminded the agency’s 19,000 members that terrorists are entering America at an unprecedented rate.
Scott told the force that illegal immigration is a “subcomponent” of the nation’s ongoing security crisis functioning as cover for massive smuggling across the nation’s southern border. He said that “TSDBs” are occurring at a level never before seen. TSDB refers to the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center Database, and Scott was describing the number of interdictions on the border that produced hits in the database.
Just days before Scott’s address, the U.S. Customers and Border Protection agency released data showing border arrests for July over 212,000, a 13 percent increase over the previous month and a 20-year high.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has pulled more than 40 percent of federal agents off of border security to help with the processing, care, and transporting of the significantly increased number of migrants coming from Central America.
Even though the current administration is releasing thousands upon thousands of illegal immigrants into the country’s interior after arrest, Scott urged agents to remain positive. He said that even if thousands are released, agents are still getting some “criminals, pedophiles, rapists, murderers,” and TSDB alerts off of American streets.
House Minority Leader Rep.Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) previously asked the FBI and CIA to host a Congressional briefing to assess the “bad actors” who have evaded arrest at the border in addition to the large number which the Border Patrol has captured.
In January, border officials had previously briefed Congressional leadership regarding four terror watchlist suspects from Yemen and Serbia arrested by the Border Patrol.
Biden’s Secretary of Homeland Security said earlier this year on leaked audio that the situation on the border is “unsustainable.”