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CBP memo sounds alarm on Hamas, Hezbollah fighters potentially using southern border to enter US

A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) memo is warning staff of the risk that foreign terrorist fighters engaged in the Israel-Hamas conflict could soon be attempting to enter the United States via the besieged southern border.

In a Friday memo by the agency’s San Diego Field Office’s intelligence unit, obtained by Fox News, the agency warns that individuals “inspired by, or reacting to, the current Israel-Hamas conflict may attempt travel to or from the area of hostilities in the Middle East via circuitous transit across the Southwest border.”

“Foreign fighters motivated by ideology or mercenary soldiers of fortune may attempt to obfuscate travel to or from the US to or from countries in the Middle East through Mexico.”

“Our wide-open Southwest border is a major national security threat,” Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, said in response to the memo. “Individuals on the terrorist watchlist are being caught crossing the Southwest border at alarming rates – 169 in FY23. And those are just the ones we’ve caught. 

“SECURE THE BORDER NOW,” they said.

Adam Shaw is a politics reporter for Fox News Digital, primarily covering immigration and border security.

He can be reached at adam.shaw2@fox.com or on Twitter.

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