The former Border Patrol chief is warning that President Biden’s mishandling of the surge of illegal immigrants at the southern border has caused more than a humanitarian crisis — it’s also created a national security threat because of the number of known or suspected terrorists crossing into the US.
“Over and over again, I see other people talk about our mission, your mission, and the context of it being immigration or the current crisis today being an immigration crisis,” Rodney Scott said in a video message to his agents before retiring on Aug. 14, which was obtained by the Washington Examiner.
“I firmly believe that it is a national security crisis. Immigration is just a subcomponent of it, and right now, it’s just a cover for massive amounts of smuggling going across the southwest border — to include TSDBs at a level we have never seen before. That’s a real threat,” Scott said, referring to the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database.
Scott, who was pushed aside by Biden in June after serving as the head of Border Patrol since 2020, urged the agents to remain vigilant.