(UnitedVoice.com) – The crisis at the southern border has entered a new year. President Joe Biden’s administration is still struggling to handle the problem. So far, in the new fiscal year, which runs from October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023, Customs and Border Protection data shows agents have encountered more than 560,000 immigrants.
In November, reports indicated the administration had ordered Federal Air Marshals to begin deploying to the southern border. The marshals weren’t happy to hear about the order, and some threatened to ignore it. There’s now a report of a new threat to US national security and allegations that Biden is increasing the risk to the country with the deployments.
US Air Marshals have been around since the 1960s, but they started to play a critical role in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Men who could break into plane cockpits and hijack the aircraft with only box cutters perpetrated the attacks that killed 2,977 people. The government increased security at airports across the country, and Air Marshals became a regular presence on flights to combat the threat.
Twenty-one years later, Judicial Watch reported al-Qaeda, the group responsible for 9/11, is once again planning attacks on the US using planes. The government watchdog claims to have intercepted an intelligence alert dated December 31 that included a caption warning of the terrorist organization’s reported plans and claiming it might “use new techniques and tactics.”
Putting America at Risk
Judicial Watch claims the Biden Administration is putting the country at risk by moving Air Marshals away from airports and putting them at the Southern border to deal with the immigration crisis he created. The administration deployed 150 to 200 marshals to the border monthly to help.
On January 3, Sonya Labosco, the Air Marshal National Council executive director, appeared on “Fox & Friends First” to discuss the problem. She called the decision to send the marshals to the border at a time like this “absolutely insane,” saying they “don’t understand why these decisions are being made.” The director pointed out that al-Qaeda looks for the cracks in US security, and “aviation is a high-risk area.”
Though the administration has made the deployments mandatory, Labosco indicated to Fox News that they may be unenforceable. She said her organization believes “it’s a violation” and thinks Homeland Security has “overstepped their bounds.” They are now waiting for the new Congress to take action and stop the deployments.
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