Senator Cramer requests details on potential terrorists entering through southern U.S. border

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer joined Senator Eric Schmitt in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, expressing concerns with United States’ adversaries exploiting the southern border.

“It’s no secret the Biden administration has failed to take care of the border. President Biden is turning a blind eye to agents overwhelmed by the increase in illegal crossings, which includes adversaries and terrorists seeking to exploit the gaps. It is critical for the safety of the American people to secure the border and address the crises the administration created,” said Senator Cramer.

Cramer is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Cramer says the Biden administration’s lack of enforcement has fostered an unprecedented number of apprehensions at the southern border, now totaling more than six million crossings since Biden took office. 

In Fiscal Year 2023, there were 169 individuals on the terror watchlist apprehended at the border, compared to zero in Fiscal Year 2019, according to Cramer. 

Cramer and Schmitt assert that it's "past time" for the Administration to secure the border "considering the threats the U.S. faces from China, Russia, Iran, and other adversaries".