A former Trump Administration border security chief is warning that preparations for the next terrorist attack on American soil might currently be under way as Republican senators expose how transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) are benefiting from the Biden administration’s lax policies.
Former Acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan informed the John Solomon Reports podcast on June 22nd that he’s worried the next terrorist attack will originate from a border crosser who averted apprehension by police.
“[M]y worry is, is the next terrorist attack is already here being planned in the United States, and they got in through that 800,000 gotaways because this administration has opened our borders wide open and handed operational control of our borders to the cartels,” Morgan said.
Republican senators led by the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), released a report on Wednesday entitled, “Biden’s Border Crisis: Examining Policies that Encourage Illegal Migration,” which highlights how TCOs (which include cartels) profit off of human trafficking and provides a solution to stopping it.
According to the report, “TCOs benefit from and prolong the illegal migration crisis by facilitating and profiting off the smuggling and trafficking of migrants or victimizing vulnerable people along the dangerous journey to the United States.”
As a result, the security and security of neighborhoods are threatened as “criminals have infiltrated the United States through these nefarious activities,” the report warns.
One option provided by the senators is for the Biden administration to make use of “existing bilateral extradition treaties to prosecute transnational criminal actors facilitating illegal migration to the United States.”
Particularly, according to the report, “the United States should maximize existing Palermo protocols and bilateral extradition treaties with Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to prosecute human smugglers and traffickers.
“These efforts will send a stark message across the vast criminal networks that they can no longer target vulnerable individuals and engage in these horrific activities without clear punishment and justice brought by the United States.”
Morgan stated he thinks that the U.S. is compelled to have “the same commitment and whole of government approach that we’ve used targeting terrorists, we need to use that same approach to target the criminal cartels, those transnational organizations.
”If we do it the same way, the same structure, the same commitment and same will and courage, we can have the same level impact, in my opinion, of the transnational cartels as we do with the terrorist organizations,” he said.
The report likewise slammed the Biden administration for the border crisis, stating “A number of the Biden administration’s policies have incentivized illegal migration, eroded the security of our borders, and undermined U.S. efforts to build effective law enforcement and asylum processing mechanisms across Mexico and northern Central America.”
Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), among the Republicans launching the report, said in a statement, “This report corroborates what my colleagues and I have asserted since President Biden rashly reversed successful Trump-era border policies when he stepped into office, almost immediately collapsing our southern border: the border protection policies implemented under the previous Administration, including the Migrant Protection Protocols and Asylum Cooperative Agreements, facilitated a secure America, stability in the region at large, and the critical prevention of drug and human trafficking.
“For the sake of America and its people, I urge the Administration to take serious our recommendations and reverse course on their harmful immigration policies and do more to counter the lethal flow of China-origin fentanyl and precursors across the southern border.”
More than 3 million migrants are thought to have unlawfully crossed the border since the Biden regime took over, according to the report.
“Since January 2021, U.S. law enforcement has encountered over 2.6 million migrants trying to enter the United States illegally from Mexico, northern Central America, and countries beyond,” the report reads.
The 2.6 million encounters remain in addition to the around 800,000 “gotaways,” which are migrants who have actually averted capture by police.
However, Morgan said that “if you ask most Border Patrol agents, they’ll say that number is well over a million.”