Rancher sounds alarm on 'route' for terror as Mayorkas denies responsibility for mass border crossings

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A fifth-generation Arizona rancher accused lawmakers of refusing to unafraid nan separator for governmental purposes arsenic nan ongoing migrant situation worsens, perchance giving terrorists nan opportunity to sneak into nan U.S. done his land. 

"It's group talking astir nan issues, arguing astir nan issues. Border information has ever been a governmental football," Jim Chilton, proprietor of nan Chilton Ranch, told Fox News. "That's nan quality of our system." 

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A long-awaited bipartisan separator information deal aimed astatine gaining power of an overwhelmed asylum strategy astatine nan confederate separator collapsed conscionable days aft it was revealed pinch each but 4 Republicans voting against nan authorities advancing successful nan Senate. From nan outset, GOP leaders successful some chambers criticized nan bill, pinch House Speaker Mike Johnson many times calling it "dead connected arrival." Democrats accused conservatives of sidesplitting it for governmental purposes.

"Secure nan world bound and create a programme to bring group into this state legally," Chilton told Fox News arsenic a plea to Congress. "We're a federation of nan norm of law. We request to extremity group conscionable having nan thought that they tin locomotion into nan United States." 

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The measure would person fixed President Biden and nan Department of Homeland Security authority to adjacent nan separator if migrant encounters reached a definite period and allocated $20 cardinal for migration enforcement. It besides included $650 cardinal for separator wall building and reinforcement.

But Republican critics, including House GOP leaders, said nan authorities wasn't fierce capable to curb forbidden migration pinch migrant crossings skyrocketing nether nan Biden administration. In December, migrant encounters reached an all-time precocious of 302,000, according to Customs and Border Protection data. 

And while lawmakers fumble solutions, nan southern separator situation worsens, Chilton said. 

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"The problem successful our area successful nan past 3 years has intensified immensely," Chilton told Fox News. He said hidden cameras connected his spot person caught thousands of group illegally entering nan country.

Some dress successful each camouflage, Chilton said, and others usage "carpet shoes" — footwear pinch carpet attached to nan soles to hide footprints.

"They're entering our state unseen, and they could beryllium terrorists," he said. 

Officials encountered 169 group connected nan FBI panic watchlist illegally crossing nan confederate separator successful fiscal 2023, according to CBP data. That's much than nan erstwhile year's record-setting 98 encounters, arsenic good arsenic nan past six years combined. 

"I'm really concerned," Chilton said. "If our adversaries astir nan world want to bring terrorists into our country, this is simply a route."

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas denied blasted for wide crossings astatine nan confederate border, he said Sunday connected NBC's "Meet The Press." Mayorkas, who's expected to soon look a 2nd impeachment effort for failing to curb nan migrant crisis, alternatively blamed Republicans for sinking nan bipartisan measure and said Congress should beryllium held accountable for America's surgery migration system.

The grounded separator information woody besides included a $95 cardinal overseas assistance supplemental package. A standalone bill, which would see $60 cardinal for Ukraine, $14 cardinal for Israel and $8 cardinal for Taiwan, passed a 67-27 trial ballot Sunday.

But Chilton told Fox News keeping Americans safe should beryllium lawmakers' apical priority. 

"It would beryllium outrageous not to unafraid our separator first," Chilton said. "Take attraction of America first. Seal nan border."