(USNewsMag.com) – Amid concern over security at the southern border following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack in Israel, Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall once again called for an increase in transparency about the number of terrorist encounters at the border during an interview on “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy.”
Marshall stated that he is concerned with the lack of information that lawmakers, as well as the public, are receiving about those on the terror watch list that are apprehended at the southern border.
According to Marshall, in the last two years, “over 170 terrorists on the terrorist watch list” as well as thousands “on the alien watch list” have crossed the southern border.
In an effort to uphold public safety, Marshall stated that the details about the encounters must be disclosed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Marshall added that all he wants is for DHS to provide more details about the encounters, stating, “We don’t want to be asleep at the wheel.”
Gowdy questioned why the information would be kept confidential. He asked who would object “to knowing whether terrorists are trying to cross our borders.”
Legislation was introduced Oct. 26 by Marshall and co-sponsor Texas Sen. John Cornyn that would require a monthly report to Congress from the federal government about encounters involving people on the terror watch list at the southern border.
In the past 12 months, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics show that there have been 169 people on the FBI terror watch lists encountered between ports of entry at the southern border. According to a report by the House Homeland Security Committee, hundreds of thousands of inadmissible aliens have been released into the U.S. by the Department of Homeland Security through a migrant processing app. Since President Joe Biden was elected, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reported that over 7 million people have been encountered at the southern border.
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