A potential terrorist attack against the United States is more likely now than at any time since Sept. 11, 2001, according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
The Texas senator said “a confluence of a number of factors” has made the United States vulnerable, but none more critical than the consequences of the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel and the Biden administration’s border policies.
“One, obviously, the most significant war in Israel in 50 years, the most significant attack on Israel in 50 years,” Mr. Cruz said.
He added, “Number two, 2 1/2 years of open borders on our southern border, 7.6 million people coming in illegally, including a very significant number of people on the terror watch list, and an exposure that there could be a significant number of terrorists from countries in the Middle East who have come into this country in the past 2 1/2 years.”
“It certainly seems that this White House and this administration learned nothing from 9/11. Because they’re setting up conditions for another 9/11,” Mr. Cruz said. “And it’s worth noting that this horrific terror attack, this act of war carried out by Hamas in Israel, it’s the worst attack on Israel in 50 years. It’s Israel’s 9/11. But it is also an American terror attack.”
LegislationThe Department of Homeland Security, in its threat assessment report released last month, warned that “terrorists and criminal actors may exploit the elevated flow and increasingly complex security environment to enter the United States.”
“Among state actors, we expect Iran to remain the primary sponsor of terrorism and continue its efforts to advance plots against individuals in the United States,” the report adds. “Individuals with terrorism connections are interested in using established travel routes and permissive environments to facilitate access to the United States.”
“Resuming border wall construction is a good first step to regaining control of the border, but it will take time. There is much more that needs to be done that can have an immediate impact on the situation,” Mr. Stein wrote. “Enactment of H.R. 2 would provide immediate relief at our borders and for communities all across the country that are being overwhelmed by this crisis.”
Mr. Stein added, “The Senate, following the lead by the House, now has a green light to prevent the situation from getting even worse.”