In addition to 7-8 million largely unvetted illegal immigrants encountered by Border Patrol before being released into the country, there have been untold numbers of “gotaways” who entered without detection. For many, including former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neal, the man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden, the next attack on the heartland “is coming.”

For the second time in three months, FBI Director Christopher Wray has gone before Congress and warned about a “wide array” of dangerous threats coming from the wide open U.S. border — threats that include “drug trafficking, violent gangs and smugglers with ties to ISIS,” according to Fox News.

As the nation reels from the brutal death of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley allegedly at the hands of an illegal immigrant from Venezuela, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) asked Wray at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the violent Tren de Aragua gang from Venezuela and other threats at the border.

“From an FBI perspective, we are seeing a wide array of very dangerous threats that emanate from the border. And that includes everything from drug trafficking — the FBI alone seized enough fentanyl in the last two years to kill 270 million people — that’s just on the fentanyl side,” the director said.

“An awful lot of the violent crime in the United States is at the hands of gangs who are themselves involved in the distribution of that fentanyl,” he added.

The brother of the illegal immigrant suspect in the killing of Riley is also in the U.S. illegally and he reportedly has ties to the Tren de Aragua gang.

When prompted by Rubio, Wray confirmed that people who were criminals in their country of origin have crossed the southern border and are now in the U.S.

Rubio followed up by asking about smuggling networks that are moving people all over the world having ties to ISIS or other terrorist organizations.

“So, I want to be a little bit careful how far I can go in open session, but there is a particular network that, where some of the overseas facilitators of the smuggling network have ISIS ties that we’re very concerned about and that we’ve been spending an enormous amount of effort with our partners investigating,” Wray said. “Exactly what that network is up to is something that’s, again, the subject of our current investigation.”

In December, Wray told Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that the terror threat level was at an unprecedented high.

When asked by Graham to describe the current “threat matrix” facing the United States, the FBI director said, “What I would say that is unique about the environment that we’re in right now in my career is that while there may have been times over the years where individual threats could have been higher here or there than where they may be right now, I’ve never seen a time where all the threats or so many of the threats are all elevated, all at exactly the same time.”

“So, blinking red lights analogy about 9/11 — all the lights were blinking red before 9/11, apparently,” Graham followed up. “Obviously, all of us missed it. Would you say there’s multiple blinking red lights out there?”

“I see blinking red lights everywhere,” Wray replied.


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