Republicans are raising the alarm after potential terror suspects were caught illegally crossing the U.S. Southern Border while carrying explosive devices.
GOP senators have issued an alert regarding Democrat President Joe Biden’s following the discovery.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) revealed that Border Patrol agents caught illegal border crossers with explosives that were described as “tailor-made for terrorism.”
Republicans have indicated that several illegal border crossers have been caught with explosives in the past few days.
Barrasso, who is the Senate Republican Conference Chairman, made the startling revelation at a press conference this week.
The senator revealed the terrifying discovery while speaking alongside Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Pete Ricketts (R-NE).
The GOP senators made the announcement after their recent visit to the U.S.–Mexico border.
The senators said that over 8 million illegal border crossings have taken place under Biden’s watch.
They asserted that explosive devices found on some border crossers in recent days represent an elevated risk of terrorism against the United States and the American people.
“We have just returned from our southern border, and it is painfully clear that with Joe Biden’s open border policy, our country is really at an increased threat for a terrorist attack,” Barrasso said at the press conference.
Several days ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents seized illegal immigrants carrying with them improvised explosive devices that Barrasso said were the “size of cannonballs” and were “tailor-made for terrorism.”
Speaking at the press conference, Ricketts said that there were 18 people on the terrorist watchlist caught entering the United States illegally in September—and 172 last year.
He noted that terror suspects have been crossing into the U.S. due to what he said were Biden’s “failed” border policies.
“To put this in perspective, in years past, that number was single digits,” Mr. Ricketts said.
“We’re opening ourselves up for a terrorist attack.”
Meanwhile, an elevated terror threat against the United States and its citizens has also been flagged by FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Wray issued a stark warning while testifying before Congress on Tuesday.
The FBI chief told lawmakers that, since the Oct. 7 attack by the Hamas terror group against Israeli civilians and soldiers, there have been multiple foreign terrorist organizations calling for attacks against Americans and the West.
He noted the calls are significantly raising the threat posed by what he described as “homegrown extremists.”
“The actions of Hamas and its allies will serve as an inspiration the likes of which we haven’t seen since ISIS launched its so-called caliphate several years ago,” Wray said.
He was referring to the terrorist organization that captured swathes of Iraq and Syria about a decade ago before the United States deployed troops in the region to battle the group.
While the border remains open to whoever wishes to cross it, the threat of domestic terror attacks is on the rise.
In September, over 269,000 people were caught crossing the U.S.–Mexico border illegally, a record high for a single month.
Barrasso said that the number of illegal border crossings has “gotten so bad that Homeland Security has raised the terror threat because so many people are coming in illegally and there are so many gotaways—people that run and hide in an effort to not be detected.”
There have been 1.7 million “gotaways” since President Biden assumed office, according to the House Committee on Homeland Security.