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McCarthy asks FBI, CIA for briefing after two men on terror watchlist stopped at border

McCarthy asks FBI, CIA for briefing after two men on terror watchlist stopped at border
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyRepublican House campaign arm rakes in .7 million in first quarter McCarthy asks FBI, CIA for briefing after two men on terror watchlist stopped at border Harris in difficult starring role on border MORE (R-Calif.) is asking the FBI and CIA for a classified briefing with other top lawmakers following reports that two people on the on the FBI's terror watchlist were apprehended after crossing the southern border with Mexico. 

"This highlights the ongoing national security risk posed by the border crisis," McCarthy wrote in a letter to the leaders of the two agencies. "While I am grateful for the Border Patrol for doing all they can, I have great concerns for a number of bad actors that have escaped arrest and are living in the United States." 

McCarthy requested the briefing on the arrests for himself, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Democrats see opportunity in GOP feud with business Biden resists calls to give hard-hit states more vaccines than others MORE (R-Ky.), Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Pence pleaded with military officials to 'clear the Capitol' on Jan. 6: AP Democrats see political winner in tax fight MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally H.R. 1/S. 1: Democrats defend their majorities, not honest elections McCarthy asks FBI, CIA for briefing after two men on terror watchlist stopped at border MORE (D-N.Y.).

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McCarthy also asked that Vice President Harris, who was tapped by President BidenJoe BidenBiden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech Kemp: Pulling All-Star game out of Atlanta will hurt business owners of color MORE last month to lead the effort to control the crisis at the border, also be briefed on the matter. 

"I hope she, along with the Congressional leaders, could benefit from this briefing," he wrote. 

Immigration officials announced this week that two Yemeni men were arrested about two months apart after crossing into the U.S. near the Calexico Port of Entry in California.

"While encounters of known and suspected terrorists at our borders are very uncommon, they underscore the importance of the critical work our agents carry out on a daily basis to vet all individuals encountered at our borders," a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told NBC.

Following a surge of migrants traveling northward to the United States in recent weeks, Republicans have been critical of the Biden administration's handling of the situation, saying his promise to grant asylum to some 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in America is responsible for the crisis. 
 
McCarthy first warned of "terrorists crossing the border" in March, a claim swatted down by Democrats at the time. 
 
“Weird as the Chairman of the subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations and a border state member of Congress haven’t heard anything about this,” Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoMcCarthy asks FBI, CIA for briefing after two men on terror watchlist stopped at border The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Back to the future on immigration, Afghanistan, Iran Ambitious House lawmakers look for promotions MORE (D-Ariz.) tweeted last month. “Gonna ask for a briefing. Pretty sure he is either wrong or lying.”