A local San Diego official blamed President Joe Biden on Sunday for an Afghan national on the FBI’s terrorist watch list entering the U.S. illegally through the southern border.
U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested the unidentified individual who made it across the U.S.-Mexico divide near Otay Mesa, California, on Wednesday, according to a report from Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin. The report said that the FBI was confirmed the match and was now in charge of the investigation.
“This should serve as a stark reminder to President Biden and the Federal Government on the critical need for maintaining a strong border,” said Jim Desmond, Supervisor, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “The open border policy has allowed fentanyl to pour into our country, asylum seekers to be human trafficked, and terrorists to attempt entry into our country.”
“The protection of our citizens, the preservation of national security, and the facilitation of safe and legal immigration should be a top priority for this administration, yet they have failed,” he added. “The presence of an individual on the terror watch list crossing our borders is a stark reminder of the failures of the Federal Government that are now being put on San Diegans and Americans.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) confirmed the report, and went one step further, saying that the individual was “a wanted terrorist.”
I can confirm that a wanted terrorist crossed our open border in the San Diego region just days ago — even if the Biden Administration won’t.
— Rep. Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) May 14, 2023
“Biden’s open borders aren’t just a gateway to five million illegals, record human and child trafficking and the deadliest drug crisis in our history,” Issa said in a statement. “Biden’s reckless policy is also an open invitation to even the most wanted terrorists in the world to come to America.”
“They know they’ll never have to leave,” he added. “The nation knows what’s going on and this president has only begun to be held accountable for what he has done!”