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GOP rep at 9/11 terror hearing blows hole through claim NYC migrants fully vetted

New York counterterrorism, police and fire officials were questioned at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Manhattan Tuesday about whether the approximately 110,000 migrants who have arrived in the Big Apple from the southern border complicate security posture 22 years after the 2001 terror attacks. 

During the House Subcommittee on Emergency Management and Technology field hearing, Rep. Dan Goldman, D-N.Y., argued that “nearly every single one” of those 110,000 migrants who have arrived in New York City have come through a legal port of entry and have been vetted, arguing, “that’s part of the reason why there has been so little criminal activity” stemming from those so-called asylum seekers. 

Yet, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., noting how the Department of Homeland Security was created post-9/11, countered that claim, stating dozens of individuals in the New York City shelter system created by Mayor Eric Adams to house migrants “have been arrested and released back onto our streets.” 

During a line of questioning from Malliotakis, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism Rebecca Weiner testified that the New York City Police Department relies on federal partners to vet migrants, noting recent reports of the FBI uncovering an international human smuggling group linked to ISIS having helped Uzbek nationals cross the border to claim asylum in the United States. 

“The Department of Homeland Security was created to keep our interior secure. So that’s what we should all be focused on in Congress, is making sure you have the tools and resources. But that the policies of this administration, this Congress, are in place to actually help you do your job, not make it more difficult, because you shouldn’t have to divert all these resources from current threats,” Malliotakis said, concluding her line of questioning. “There’s 1.6 million people in the country. We don’t know who they are, where they are and what they’re planning.” 

Danielle Wallace is a reporter for Fox News Digital covering politics, crime, police and more. Story tips can be sent to danielle.wallace@fox.com and on Twitter: @danimwallace. 

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