In a recent interview, Senator Lindsey Graham expressed deep concern about the conditions on the U.S. southern border, warning that the potential for terrorist attacks on U.S. soil is at its highest since 9/11. Graham’s remarks, made during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” shed light on the ongoing negotiations between the Senate and the White House regarding a border package.
In the interview, Graham was very skeptical about reaching any deal by the end of the year, suggesting that discussions were likely to extend into 2024. He criticized the White House for what he perceived as delayed involvement, alleging that they had only recently joined the negotiations after months of prior discussions. Graham expressed frustration, stating, “The bottom line is, we feel like we’re facing obstacles. We’re far from reaching a deal. This will extend into next year.”
Graham’s worries about the border crisis arise from FBI Director Christopher Wray’s recent testimony. Wray has raised concerns about ominous signs indicating that terrorists might exploit the southern border, turning it into a potential target for terrorist attacks. Graham underscored the immediate need to tackle the border problem, declaring, “Since January ’21 until now, the border has been severely compromised. We’ve witnessed 6 million people arriving to date, with an additional 3.6 million expected this year alone. The policy decisions of the Biden administration have transformed the border into a hazardous destination. America is facing a threat.”
The senator went on to highlight the increased risk posed by jihadist groups, who, according to FBI Director Wray, aim to attack the U.S. due to its support for Israel. Graham’s concerns about a potential 9/11-like event were evident as he declared, “I’ve never been more worried about a 9/11 than I am right now, and our border has been obliterated. And we’re not going to give in on some Band-Aid fix.”
Senator Graham’s remarks underscore the gravity of the situation at the U.S. southern border. With ongoing negotiations and escalating concerns about terrorist threats, immediate action is needed to address this pressing issue. The potential for a catastrophic event demands a comprehensive and effective solution prioritizing national security while ensuring the safety and well-being of all individuals involved. As the discussions continue, the nation awaits a resolution to safeguard its borders and protect its citizens from potential harm.