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FBI Director Raises Concerns Over Border Threats, Smuggling Networks With Alleged ISIS Links

An FBI Director has warned of a “wide array” of threats entering the country using the southern border.

Wide Array of Threats From the Border

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Christopher Wray was responding to inquiries from Sen. Marco Rubio regarding a Venezuelan gang and broader questions about border security during a hearing.

Presence of Dangerous Individuals

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While he refrained from talking about the gang in question, he mentioned various types of dangerous people using the border to enter the country.

Drug Trafficking and Gang Violence

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The significant threat highlighted was drug trafficking. Wray cited seizures of a substantial amount of fentanyl in recent years. He also correlated gang action between fentanyl distribution and violence in the U.S.

Warning on Gang Activity

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Reports have emerged regarding the presence of gangs such as Tren De Aragua, instructing border agents to remain vigilant for individuals displaying signs of affiliation with such gangs.

Connections to Gangs

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Additionally, connections to gangs have been raised in relation to specific criminal incidents involving migrants entering the country illegally.

Concerns About Smuggling Networks With Alleged ISIS Ties

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Sen. Rubio questioned the director about potential links between ISIS and other terrorists and those who were involved in smuggling rings.

Existence of ISIS-Tied Network

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Wray acknowledged that such ties do exist, expressed significant concern, and emphasized ongoing investigative efforts.

Border Security Challenges

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The discussion comes against the backdrop of escalating migrant encounters at the border. More than two million individuals entered last year, and the monthly trend seems to be rising this year.

Political Blame Game

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While Republicans blame the government for the crisis, the administration has countered by calling for better funding, more manpower, and process reforms from Congress.

The administration has accused Republicans of obstructing efforts to address the situation for political gain.

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