Recently, a letter was penned by ten individuals whose previous occupation encompassed the highest level of domestic security in the country. They were previous officers of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and their concerns revolve around the contemporary threats posed to the United States as a result of the present border strategy set by President Biden.
This missive carries the weight of their experience and anxiety over what they describe as an ‘unprecedented peril,’ potentially one of the most dire the U.S. has ever faced. The communication was dispatched to the premier legislative bodies of the nation—the House of Representatives and the Senate—seeking the attention of the most influential lawmakers.
The letter elaborates on the nature of the threat turned reality—a problem only recently presenting itself. As they’ve reported, men of combat-ready age, originating from various corners of the planet, are found easily breaching the U.S. borders, exploiting weak defenses that have been globally recognized as so.
Emphasizing the severity of this risk seems hardly possible—the fact that the U.S. now hosts a sizable group of single, young adult males from potentially adversarial nations. The true nature of these individuals, including their backgrounds or their intentions, remains shrouded in obscurity, creating a worrisome national security climate.
The letter takes pains to underline the result of this unfamiliar challenge—how the country is now considerably more vulnerable. Faced with such an intimidating, novel degree of intrusion by these unrequested foreign individuals, our once impregnable national security seems significantly weakened.
In their correspondence, the former FBI officers comment on how the traditional protections that once shielded us—military power, laws, natural barriers—seem to have been evaded entirely in the past trio of years, leading to a stark change in the national security landscape.
This revelation comes hot on the heels of increasing tensions over border security between the state of Texas and the current presidential administration. Respective attitudes towards this sensitive issue have grown increasingly confrontational, each asserting their stance more staunchly.
Just this week, an affirmation from the highest court in the land allowed federal personnel to eliminate physical barricades established by Texan forces along the border—razor wire installed with the aim of deterring undocumented cross-border migratory movements.
Responding to the federal intervention, Texas Governor Greg Abbott doubled down on his commitment to enforcing the state’s border integrity. Reiterating his intention to uphold the state’s constitutional mandate to guard itself, his administration carried on with their razor wire operation along the southern border.
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Further intensifying the urgency of the situation, recent hostilities in the global theater were cited by the former federal officers as a cause for additional alarm. According to them, the resurgence of illegal migrant influx following an extremist-driven attack on Israel on October 7th infuses the situation with increased seriousness.
Official documentation has revealed that during the fiscal year of 2021, border security apprehended close to 300 individuals flagged on the terrorism watchlist. In fiscal year 2023, border patrol caught nearly 600 acknowledged gang members crossing into the country, as reported by the Department of Homeland Security.
These disturbing facts make the prospect of an act of terror carried out on American soil, akin to the aforementioned overseas incident, a plausible fear, the ex-officials warned. And yet, the problem of securing our borders has not been sufficiently discussed nor adequately addressed as a significant contributor to this increasingly threatening environment.
The former FBI cohort offers this grim assessment: The United States has experienced an invasive assault, a condition that will persist until the perceived tolerance subsides. Until then, our nation’s safety balance stays on brittle grounds.
The earnest plea contained in the letter should not fall on deaf ears. Should an attack, especially a preventable one, befall innocent citizens or our national infrastructure, the failure of the government in its prime directive—to protect—would be calamitously laid bare.