Rumors of terrorism

Have individuals with known terrorist ties been apprehended trying to cross illegally into the United States through Texas? It seems like a straightforward question to address to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Asked the question by Rep. Jason Chaffetz at a House Homeland Security hearing yesterday, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson took the phlegmatic approach and vaguely denied awareness of such a case.

Asked directly if he was aware of four such individuals who were apprehended trying to cross into Texas on 9/10 last week, Johnson gave the question the full Obama kissoff, scratching his nose with his middle finger while conceding he has “heard reports to that effect.” However, according to Johnson, he doesn’t know the accuracy of the reports or how much credence to give them. Observing his demeanor and affect, one might conclude that the whole business is somebody else’s job. Why bother him?

But, alas, the man is Secretary of Homeland Security. We want to know, whom did you hear the reports from, Secretary Johnson, and what would it take to have you get on top of them? Why do you give the appearance of evasion and deceit? What is going on here?

Megyn Kelly explored the questions with Chaffetz yesterday on her FOX News Kelly File show (video below).

According to Chaffetz, 466,000 people have been captured crossing the border over the past 351 days, and Homeland Security says (according to the FOX News Insider report linked below) 157,000 got away. Those apprehended, however, represent a beautifully diverse rainbow of illegals from 143 different countries including Syria, Iraq and Iran.

Via Fox News Insider.

UPDATE: At NRO, Peter Kirsanow comments on the meaning of Johnson’s testimony here.

Responses