Washington, D.C.—House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today responded to reports that that the Department of Homeland Security has issued a terror watch regarding possible illegal crossings into the U.S. by terrorist suspects and recruiters. The report came from Texas authorities who allegedly were warned that Somali terrorists—members of Al Shabaab, a group aligned with Al Qaeda—are illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Ranking Member Smith: “For years I've been saying that strong border security is a fundamental component of national security. If we don’t know who is coming into the country, we cannot ensure they're not here to do us harm.
“As if the terror attempts of the past six months were not enough, now it appears terrorists are being smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border. The Obama Administration’s refusal to secure the border has made America less safe and more vulnerable to terrorism.
“If we want to prevent another tragic terrorist attack on U.S. soil, we have to stop terrorists from coming to the U.S. That means enforcing our immigration laws, not ignoring them.”
A copy of the news report can be found at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/05/26/terror-alert-mexican-border/