DHS Secretary Kelly: ‘The Threat is Real’; ‘Thousands of Fighters’ Available to Infiltrate
(CNSNews.com) – “There are thousands of fighters who are available and have — we have pretty good confidence — have the kind of papers that could get them passed into Western Europe, and certainly, by extension, into the United States,” Homeland Security Secretary Gen. Jack Kelly told Congress on Tuesday.
“So the threat is real.” Kelly said President Trump’s executive order on immigration, issued on Jan. 27, is a “pause” that will give Kelly, working with the CIA and the Departments of Defense, Justice and State, “an opportunity to step back and decide what additional vetting we might add to what we already have, which is minimal, in my view. And then come out of that and say, these are the new rules.”
Kelly said some of the seven countries listed in President Trump’s temporary entry ban may remain on the list because they are in such chaos. Those countries are Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan.
“I believe that the travel pause from all of those countries will give us time to evaluate those countries and the information they can provide us, which will ultimately lead to safety for the American people.”
Later in the hearing, Kelly said “no,” the travel pause is not a Muslim ban. He said the seven countries were chosen because they are “failed states.”
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), in his exchange with Kelly, quoted at length from various Obama administration officials, beginning with former CIA Director John Brennan, who said on November 18, 2015:
I think it makes it even more incumbent on the security and intelligence professionals to make sure that we’re able to look at individuals who are coming into this country with an eye toward what it is that we might know about individuals or ways that terrorist organizations may try to secret people into these networks, into these refugee flows.
“Would you agree with that statement?” Duncan asked Kelly.
In response, Kelly rephrased the question: “That the terrorists are attempting to gain access to the United States, potentially passing themselves off as refugees? I do believe that they have got that in mind,” Kelly said.
Duncan then quoted former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson as saying on October 21, 2015 that there is “no risk-free process” for vetting Syrian refugees. “We know that organizations like ISIL might try to exploit this, the Syrian refugee resettlement program.”
Duncan also quoted former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who expressed “huge concern” about the number of Syrian refugees flowing into Europe. “We don’t obviously put it past the likes of ISIL to infiltrate operatives among these refugees,” Clapper said.
HANDS ON! DHS SECRETARY JOHN KELLY TOURS BORDER: “Stunned” that local officials harboring criminal illegals [VIDEO]
H/T 100% FedUp.com.
It is great to see General Kelly is going to be a hands on DHS Secretary.
Homeland Security is in great hands with John Kelly! He’s hands on and speaking out about sanctuary cities and our open border. Worth the time to listen to what he has to say:
A decline in border crossings in the Rio Grande Valley Sector allowed officials to shut down one of its temporary holding facilities. Officials opened the facility in December in response to the surge of migrant apprehensions in south Texas.
The facility being closed is located near the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge, Breitbart Texas reported in December. “This effort is designed to minimize the impact to border security operations while fulfilling our humanitarian efforts,” Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor Commander Manuel Padilla, Jr. said at that time in a written statement. “We will work closely with all our partner agencies to maintain efficient operations.”
Preliminary numbers of border apprehensions following the swearing in of President Donald Trump revealed a sharp drop in Family Unit Aliens (FMUA) and Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC), according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. FMUA apprehensions decreased in January by 42 percent while UAC apprehensions declined by 39 percent. While the apprehensions decreased from the previous month, they are still significantly ahead of January 2016 numbers.
CBP officials stated they are suspending operation of the temporary holding facility late last week.
“A continual decline in the total number of apprehended and inadmissible alien migrants in custody at the facility, along with manageable processing of migrants at previously impacted CBP Ports of Entry and Stations” led to the facilities shutdown, KRGV reported Tuesday.
Breitbart Texas reached out to CBP officials for more information about the suspension of operations and to learn if any of the other temporary facilities had been closed. No response was immediately available.
Border Patrol officials moved 150 agents to the Rio Grande Valley Sector in November to help with the surge of migrant apprehensions. Officials have not stated if those agents are being returned to their home sectors or if they are remaining deployed.