(Patriot.Buzz) – Highlighting the vulnerability of the U.S.-Canada border to potential security threats, a Republican congresswoman expressed her concerns during a recent interview.
Discussing the issue on Newsmax, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) emphasized her concerns about the insufficient presence of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the northern border, saying, “We’ve left our northern border exposed.”
Attributing the situation to the reallocation of customs and border patrol agents to the southern border, Tenney cited significant increases in migrant encounters along the U.S.-Canada border.
The Swanton Sector, located on the eastern side of upstate New York, witnessed a staggering 550% surge in encounters, with the rest of the northern border experiencing a nearly 400% increase.
Official data supports these claims, revealing a notable rise in northern border migrant encounters from 27,180 in fiscal year 2021 to 189,402 in fiscal year 2023. Projections for fiscal year 2024 estimate 184,788 encounters.
Tenney underscored concerns raised by local sheriffs, who reported observing suspicious activities such as human trafficking and drug trafficking. She criticized Democratic leaders, including Governor Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams, for their lax approach and lack of action in addressing these issues.
The congresswoman also drew attention to New York’s “Green Light Law,” which hinders federal agencies like Customs and Border Patrol from taking action against illegal immigrants with licenses due to privacy protections under state law.
Tenney placed responsibility on Joe Biden, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, asserting that they have not taken adequate measures to safeguard the northern border.
Expressing heightened concern over potential security threats, Tenney warned that the ease of movement from the northern border to major cities like New York could provide opportunities for individuals to join existing terror cells. She further emphasized the urgent need for increased attention and action to address the perceived security gaps.
As discussions around border security intensify, the focus remains on the need for efforts to address the challenges faced along the U.S.-Canada border, with implications for national security at the forefront of these concerns.