An immigration enforcement advocacy organization says Democratic Congressman and presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke should know better than to claim that there have been absolutely no terrorist connections to the U.S.-Mexico border.
The congressman from the border city of El Paso, considered one of the three early favorites in the 2020 Democratic presidential sweepstakes, recently declared, "Precisely zero terrorists, terrorist groups, or terror plots have ever been connected with the U.S.-Mexico border to do harm to people within the United States."
But according to the Center for Immigration Studies, 15 migrants with credibly suspected or confirmed terrorism ties have been apprehended at the southern border or encountered en route in Central America since 2001.
Dave Ray, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), says the pro-open borders Cato Institute has even more staggering statistics.
"45,000 since 2007 who have possible terrorist ties have been apprehended coming across our southern border," Ray relays. "So it's a serious problem, and it's shocking that a congressman from a border congressional district isn't aware of that."
Ray believes O'Rourke is trying to curry favor with the far-left base of the Democratic Party.
"But it denies common sense to think that a border that we know allows hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens whom we know nothing about, untold numbers of criminal aliens, wouldn't also allow those in who have connections to terrorism," he submits.
Ray says this is a growing problem that no amount of denial can change.