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DeSantis Vindicated as 8 ISIS Terrorist Suspects Caught at U.S.-Mexico Border

Florida Governor slams New York Times after ICE arrests prove his border security warnings correct.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has hit back at The New York Times following the arrest of eight ISIS terrorist suspects who illegally entered the U.S. through the southern border. The suspects were apprehended over the weekend in New York City, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel.

Key Points from the Arrests and DeSantis’ Response:

  • ISIS Suspects Arrested: The New York Post reported that the investigation leading to the arrests included a wiretap revealing one suspect discussing bombs. These arrests validate DeSantis’ warnings about the dangers of the Biden administration’s open border policies.

  • DeSantis’ Previous Warnings: During a Republican presidential primary debate last fall, DeSantis cautioned about terrorists exploiting the southern border to enter the U.S. He highlighted the national security risks posed by the Biden administration’s immigration policies.

  • New York Times Fact-Check: Eileen Sullivan, a New York Times blogger, had previously fact-checked DeSantis’ statement, claiming it was false. She argued that no terrorist attacks in the U.S. since 1975 involved individuals who crossed the border illegally, misrepresenting DeSantis' actual warning.

  • DeSantis’ Vindication: Responding on Fox News, DeSantis reiterated that his statement was based on information from Biden’s own Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which acknowledged the presence of individuals on the terror watch list crossing the border. DeSantis criticized the New York Times for prioritizing a narrative over factual reporting.

“You can’t have 10 million people come and not have potential terrorists come across the border, especially when we have people from the Middle East,” DeSantis asserted. He emphasized that the recent arrests confirm the presence of ISIS operatives who have illegally entered the U.S.

  • Media Accountability: DeSantis accused the New York Times of running interference for President Biden, stating, “The New York Times was wrong. The New York Times was putting forth a narrative, they were running interference for Joe Biden. What I said was correct at the time, and it remains correct today.” He criticized mainstream media for engaging in “drive-by journalism,” expressing doubt that they would acknowledge their errors.

As the nation grapples with border security concerns, these recent developments underscore the critical need for robust immigration policies to protect national security.

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