DHS Chief Can’t Say Whether Illegal Alien Terrorists Have Been Released Into U.S.

Questions about the administration’s policy of releasing illegal immigrants into American towns have voters questioning the vetting system.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted he cannot say for sure whether or not illegal aliens on the terror watch list have been released into American communities.
  • Mayorkas was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee when he said he didn’t know where illegal aliens accused of terrorism or ties to terrorism might be after being apprehended.
  • Some 42 illegal aliens on the FBI Terrorist Watch List or No-Fly List have been apprehended at the southern border.
MORE ON MAYORKAS TESTIMONY BEFORE CONGRESS:
  • The DHS official was being questioned by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) who asked: “Secretary, have any of the 42 illegal migrants on the Terrorist Watch List or No-Fly List encountered at our southwest border been released into the United States?”
  • Boyorkas replied, seeming to skirt the issue saying, “as I mentioned before, I will provide that data to you. With respect to the disposition of each one, I do not know the answer to your question.”
  • “The Secretary of Homeland Security does not know the answer to the status of 42 individuals who came to our southern border illegally, are on the N0-Fly List and the Terrorist Watch List,” Jordan responded. “You do not know whether they have been released or not into the country. That’s your testimony?”
  • “Ranking member Jordan, as I’ve said before, I will provide you the data,” Mayorkas responded before Jordan called his response “amazing” and yielded his time.
BACKGROUND:
  • The Biden administration has been receiving pushback, particularly from Republicans, over their decision to bus and fly illegal aliens awaiting a court date to communities around the nation. 
  • More recently, Biden has released a plan to offer more taxpayer support for non-government organizations to provide more efficient transport for the influx of immigrants expected to be placed around the nation if Title 42 comes to an end.