(FiveNation.com)- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has requested access to classified briefings from the CIA and FBI regarding suspected terrorists that were apprehended at the southern border.
On Tuesday, McCarthy requested the report, which was prepared for Vice President Kamala Harris and leaders from Congress. The report sounded the alarm about “the number of bad actors” who have been able to escape capture and could potentially be living in the United States right now.
Customs and Border Protection announced this week that two men from Yemen were apprehended at the southern border over the last two months. Both of the men were arrested in California’s El Centro Sector.
The first man arrested was a 33-year-old trying to enter the U.S. illegally. He was on both the No-Fly List and the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List. The man was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement after his arrest.
The second man was arrested in that same sector, but just this week. He is a 26-year-old from Yemen and is also on both of those lists. The man is currently in federal custody.
McCarthy this week wrote a letter to both CIA Director William Burns and FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting a “classified briefing regarding certain individuals apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol.” He was requesting a copy of the report for himself as well as Harris, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
He specifically referenced Harris in the letter, since she was recently appointed by President Joe Biden to lead up the efforts at fixing the southern border crisis. In his letter, McCarthy wrote:
“I hope she, along with Congressional leaders, could benefit from this briefing.”
“Through conversations with the Border Patrol and media reports, I have learned of the apprehension of foreign nationals on the Terrorism Watch List who were attempting to illegally cross our southern border. This highlights the ongoing national security risk posed by the border crisis.”
In March, McCarthy traveled with a delegation of Republicans to El Paso, Texas, to see the “humanitarian and security crisis that has emerged” at the border “firsthand.” He referenced this in his letter to Wray and Burns, writing:
“The agents of the U.S. Border Patrol provided us with an eye-opening tour and briefings regarding the current crisis in El Paso and the operational challenges they face each day … During the briefings, the agents conveyed to us that they have apprehended individuals not only from Mexico and Central America, but also countries including China, Iran, Yemen and Turkey.”
McCarthy further wrote that the officials “conveyed that they had apprehended individuals who are on the Terrorism Watch List. These revelations were shocking and concerning, and for those reasons, I felt compelled to share them with the nation.”
McCarthy also quoted a Washington Post report that said “approximately 1,000 people each day are evading capture by the U.S. Border Patrol.”
This ongoing crisis at the southern border could take on new significance if suspected terrorists are part of the people who are trying to enter the country illegally.