‘NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES’: GOP senators complain about ICE losing track of 150,000 illegal migrants

A delegation of Republican senators visiting the southern border criticized the Biden administration over a report that immigration officials lost track of 150,000 illegal migrants due to a lack of processing.

“Under President Biden, every single state has become a border state,” said newly sworn Senator Katie Britt of Alabama.

In December, Fox News uncovered a series of Immigration and Customs Enforcement training videos showing the agency lost track of 150,000 illegal migrants due to the Biden administration’s lack of processing

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“You see the influx of fentanyl into our streets, our communities and our schools,” Britt said. “If we can’t keep tabs on the people and the issues they face, this is a national security issue that we must take seriously.”

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi said she believes the missing migrants are “in our communities.”

“They are everywhere. Every state is a border state,” she continued.

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Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) surveys debris at the southern border.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) surveys debris at the southern border.
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According to Customs and Border Protection, there were more than 2.8 million encounters with migrants at the border in fiscal year 2022. And as of Oct. 1, there have been more than 718,000 encounters, CBP sources told Fox News.

ICE TRAINING VIDEOS DISCOVER AGENCY LOST 150,000 ILLEGAL MIGRANTS DUE TO BIDEN ADMIN’S LACK OF PROCESSING

Clothing, shoes and trash lie on the southern border near Eagle Pass, Texas.

Clothing, shoes and trash lie on the southern border near Eagle Pass, Texas.
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The Biden administration launched Operation Horizon in November 2021 to locate the 150,000 freed migrants and mail their official indictment documents. However, the ICE training videos show that border officials were limited in their ability to locate and remove illegal migrants.

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“It’s called catch-and-release,” said Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. “And that is a policy that must end.”

To hear more from Blackburn, Hyde-Smith and Britt on the border crisis, click here.

Fox News’ Kelly Lacco and Griff Jenkins contributed to this report.

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