The Department of Homeland Security’s release of two confessed members of a Turkish terror group caught crossing into the United States from Mexico shows the country’s security is at stake in the ongoing immigration battles in Washington, a Republican congressman told Fox News Tuesday.
Appearing on “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony Tuesday about the men’s release by a court order made it clear the stakes are higher than arguments about “amnesty” or even presidential overreach.
“This isn’t just an immigration discussion we’re having on our southern border,” Kinzinger said. “This is really a discussion about national security.”
The two released men were part of a group of four who were arrested, all claiming to be part of a terror group that had staged a suicide bombing attack on the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, according to the Washington Times.
However, U.S. officials said it’s more likely they are members of another group fighting for an independent homeland for Kurds. Both groups are officially considered terror organizations by the U.S. State Department.
And that, Kinzinger said, is the point.
“Regardless of who they were .. You can’t have a situation in this country where people on a terror watch list are set free,” Kinzinger said.
According to the Washington Times, the men have since fled to Canada. In his testimony Tuesday, Johnson admitted U.S. officials don’t know where they are now.
“This is an explosive story, and I think it goes to the bigger picture.” Kinzinger told Van Susteren. “Border security is not just about issues of immigration.”
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