Several border officials are slamming President Biden’s decision to secure the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border this week, calling it a “slap in the face,” as the US has seen historic waves of migrants cross its own southern border this year.
Days after the US completed its chaotic troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the US Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan announced its plans to build new facilities for “Border Guard Detachment,” along the border of Afghanistan.
“The new Detachment Facility will replace the outdated Shahritus Detachment and allow the Border Guard Service to deploy forces more quickly to border areas in response to threats,” the embassy said.
Border officials have heavily criticized this decision, rebuking the Biden administration for focusing on border security in another country.
“With the record-setting pace of nearly a million encounters so far at the southern border, it’s heartening to see the Biden administration finally getting serious about border security. It’s just too bad it’s in another country,” a senior border official told Fox News.
Another called it “a slap in the face to us.”
“Biden’s already destroyed Afghanistan, so the borders don’t need to be open,” a third told the outlet.
All three officials spoke under condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.
Amid the troop withdrawal, multiple officials warned of international terrorists reaching the US-Mexico border.
Last week, Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) took to Twitter to urge President Biden to secure the southern border “before it’s too late,” after ISIS conducted a bombing at the Kabul airport, killing 13 US soldiers and nearly 200 Afghans.
Meanwhile, former Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott warned Biden’s mishandling of the surge of illegal immigrants at the southern border is causing a national security threat because of the number of known or suspected terrorists crossing into the US.
July saw a 21-year high of border crossing into the US when authorities made 212,672 apprehensions, the most in a single month since March of 2000, when 220,063 stops were reported.
In total, CBP has stopped more than 1.1 million illegal crossing attempts in the first seven months of this year.