Having an open border also means having a big target on our backs. Beyond the millions of invaders, a more motivated group might decide to take a shot.
And this CBP memo raises some serious questions.
A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) memo is warning staff of the risk that foreign terrorist fighters engaged in the Israel-Hamas conflict could soon be attempting to enter the United States via the besieged southern border.
In a Friday memo by the agency’s San Diego Field Office’s intelligence unit, obtained by Fox News, the agency warns that individuals “inspired by, or reacting to, the current Israel-Hamas conflict may attempt travel to or from the area of hostilities in the Middle East via circuitous transit across the Southwest border.”
The memo, first reported by the Daily Caller, doesn’t just warn about people on terror watchlists, rather it flags “military age males” in “military gear” with “weapons” and “insignia patches” of Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad showing up on the border.
That’s well beyond people on terror watchlists infiltrating the United States. That is suggestive of a Hamas Oct 7 scenario.
Now we’ve had plenty of warnings and alerts that didn’t pan out. Most of them probably did not. As I wrote earlier offensive intelligence is vastly more useful than defensive intelligence. And most chatter turns out to be just noise.
But it’s still deeply troubling that there is anything like this in the aether. It’s also an urgent warning to secure our border before it becomes reality.
Whenever I’ve been asked about Israel’s border failure, I’ve wondered out loud what would happen if 100,000 armed enemy insurgents showed up at our southern border. It hasn’t happened and I don’t think it will soon, but I don’t believe we’re remotely ready for that kind of scenario and caravans of migrants create the perfect cover for such an attack.
The only reason something like this isn’t happening is not because we’re on alert or have sufficient deterrence, but because the enemy isn’t ready for anything on that scale. But Israel thought the same thing about Hamas.
Better to be on alert than not to be when the worst happens.