special: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed on Wednesday that he had requested the FBI and CIA a classified briefing on two Yemeni men on the FBI’s terrorist watch list, who were allegedly crossing the US-Mexico border two months apart this year. Was caught.

He It also said that Vice President Kamala Harris, who was recently appointed President Biden’s border seer, should attend the briefing.

“I know she hasn’t gone to the border,” McCarthy said. “I don’t know if he’s ever been told about this, but I think it would be important that all leaders, because it’s not about Republicans or Democrats, it’s about protecting our country. And everyone Has to be. Ensuring that our nation is safe. “

“I know she has not gone to the border. Let everyone make sure that our nation is safe.”

– House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Kliffe

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McCarthy told Granthshala News reporter Jackie Heinrich that border patrol agents told him that large numbers of people from countries such as Yemen, Turkey and Sri Lanka were crossing the southern border into the United States.

He said, “We have got data that is showing more than a thousand people every day who do not even cope. So this is a real concern.”

“Every day there are more than a thousand people who do not even cope. So this is a real concern.”

– House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Kliffe

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“We know that people on the terrorist watch list are coming to America,” he said. “How are they coming? How much do we assume we didn’t catch up? Why were they on the watch list? What were they doing in the country? Do we have any intelligence they once planned? They Entered the country? Who were they going to meet? “

In addition to Harris, the California Republican said, she has requested to share the classified briefing with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif .; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y .; And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-What is it.

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McCarthy described it as particularly concerning how two Yemeni men were caught in separate incidents in California’s El Centro sector: the first in January and the second last week.

“It’s two different times he came from Yemen and they came in,” he told Heinrich during a phone interview.

He Mentioned that Rep. Reuben Gallego, D-Eries. And some other Democratic lawmakers accused him of “lying” about the men on the terrorist watch list in the country.

“He Challenged me … saying that I was lying and he said that I was doing the same briefing I was doing, “McCarthy said.” It is a real concern for me that he did not know about being on the border. “

He His concern was, “The first reaction of some members in the Isle was not a solution to this problem. This was to call me a liar.”

“Whatever terrorists come to this country, they are very high and it should not be a partisan issue,” he said.

Congressmen said the Biden administration was trying to distract because the border increase was “such a big disaster.”

“They know that no legislation has been passed by Congress to make it. So it is a governance change in policy that has made this disaster along the border.”

Granthshala News’ Jackie Heinrich, Brian Bouton and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.