Terrorists Are Crossing Americaâ€™s Porous Borders And Biden Is Making It Worse
A new book by journalist Todd Bensman, 'Americaâ€™s Covert Border War,' provides alarming details on a national security threat that isn't being addressed.
By Kyle Shideler
April 1, 2021
During the 2016 election, one of the major issues the media refused to discuss was the extent to which foreign-born nationals might play a role in jihadist terror attacks on U.S. soil. This was during the height of the debate over the admission of Syrian refugees and against the backdrop of the migrant crisis and subsequent terror attacks in Europe. (Indeed, there are signs the recent mass shooting on a grocery store in Colorado may have been an Islamist terror attack â€“ the shooter was a Syrian refugee who came here as a child and was a U.S. citizen.)
But given that a key plank in Donald Trumpâ€™s platform was the insistence on building â€œa big, beautiful wallâ€ to keep out potential terrorists, among other threats, the last thing the media wanted to do was admit that terrorism was a potential consequence of a porous border. So the media mercilessly mocked and derided claims that foreign terrorists might seek to cross a largely open border as the fever dreams of xenophobic rubes.
The irony was that Americaâ€™s intelligence and counterterrorism officials were all too aware of the cross-border threat. After 9/11, with bipartisan support, the U.S. government built an expansive covert intelligence system intended to detect and intercept this very real threat. It is worth keeping this backdrop of media silence in mind to contrast against while reading Todd Bensmanâ€™s Americaâ€™s Covert Border War: The Untold Story of the Nationâ€™s Battle to Prevent Jihadist Infiltration.