CONG. McCAUL: The Nation is at Its Greatest Risk of Terrorist Attack on U.S. Soil Since September 11th, 2001

The Biden administration’s failure to secure our border has clearly increased the threats to U.S. National Security.

By Cong. Michael McCaul

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) — 
Since the start of the Federal Government's Fiscal Year 2024 on October 1st, our Border Patrol Agents have encountered nearly more than 18,500 illegal immigrants with criminal histories – including 248 known gang members. They have also apprehended 76 known or suspected terrorists at our southern border.
FBI Director Christopher Wray recently warned that the United States is at its greatest risk of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001 – adding that he sees "blinking lights everywhere." 

The Biden administration’s failure to secure our border has clearly increased the threats to U.S. National Security.

As a lifelong Texan, a former federal prosecutor, and a House National Security Committee chairman, I am extremely concerned by these risks to our homeland. 

That’s why, last week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner and I introduced a bill to provide federal grant funding for qualifying states to construct, repair, maintain, or improve physical barriers along the southern border. 

This bill will mitigate President Biden’s dangerous border crisis – and help curb the flow of illegal immigrants, especially those who pose national security threats.
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Countering the Chinese Communist Party

The threat from the Chinese Communist Party continues to grow as its tentacles reach every corner of the globe.

China's influence is growing exponentially, and its encroachment into the Western Hemisphere, Africa, and beyond poses a clear and present danger as it implements its "Belt & Road Initiative" – masquerading as a friend to developing nations, before saddling them with unsustainable debt.

The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) was created to counter the CCP's Belt and Road Initiative by expanding American influence and projecting U.S. friendship and strength abroad.

Last week I questioned the DFC CEO on the agency's efforts to counter China, including the need for reforms and updates as the House Foreign Affairs Committee works to reauthorize the DFC.
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Bolstering Our National Security

As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, our adversaries such as the Chinese Communist Party are trying to exploit it against the United States.

The U.S. government has the tools it needs to keep national security hardware out of the hands of adversaries, but we don’t have those same clear tools to keep the software that powers advanced technology, such as AI, from them. 

Last week, my colleagues and I introduced the "Enhancing National Frameworks for Overseas Critical Exports Act" – or the ENFORCE Act. This bipartisan piece of legislation would give the Commerce Department the authority to enforce export controls on Artificial Intelligence and other national security-related technology – ensuring our adversaries cannot take advantage of it. 
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Congressman Michael McCaul represents Texas' 10th Congressional District, which stretches from Lake Travis outside of Austin to the Brazos Valley and includes: Austin, Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lee, Madison, Travis, Washington, Waller and Williamson Counties. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and previously – prior to being term-limited as chairman under the House of Representatives Rules – served as the Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee during the 113th, 115th and 116th Congresses.

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