Rep. Chris Stewart says U.S. needs to focus on potential terrorists crossing border

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  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    May 7, 2019 3:59 p.m.

    Well, the Impartials and OpenMinded respondents here do as they always do... showing no impartiality, nor open mindedness but rather berate and attack anyone with a differing view than their own.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, WA
    April 29, 2019 1:20 p.m.

    Another Anti-Semitic neo-Nazi domestic terrorist shoots up another Jewish synagogue,
    this time during Passover.

    Chris Stewart cries FEAR about fruit pickers, lawn mowers and laundry ladies.

    Hey Chris -- stop fanning you racist, bigotry and feeding the flames of Fascist fear,
    and address the actual TERRORISTS in America!

  • All American Herriman, UT
    April 24, 2019 2:00 p.m.

    Thank you @Herbert Gravy for finally stating the truth:

    "How many votes in the Senate does it take to pass the type of legislation to which you refer?

    And, how many RINOS (ala John McCain, Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski, et al) does it take to ensure the defeat of such legislation)?"

    I am so weary of everyone saying the Republicans couldn't even pass an immigration bill when they had the presidency, house and senate. Oh, sure, they had the majority enough to head all the committees but they did not have enough of a majority to pass anything else because the dems voted against everything and the few repubs you mentioned are not really republicans - they're dems hiding out as repubs. There was a really good and fair immigration bill put forward and the dems & the RINOs killed it immediately - probably without even reading it.

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    April 24, 2019 1:14 p.m.

    I agree...build that wall

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 24, 2019 10:58 a.m.

    I'm all for reasonable border security, but Stewart has become a Trump parrot. Name one terrorist situation that has ever resulted from someone from the named countries who has crossed the Mexican border. I'm betting it has never happened. Stewart is on the scare bandwagon and provides no proof, no data, no authentic examples. It's all a fiction meant to frighten Americans. Stewart should be working for Trump, not serving in an independent branch of our government.

  • rickmac37 , 00
    April 24, 2019 10:53 a.m.

    Personally I don’t want one terrorist crossing the border. Just wake up and smell the coffee they’re on their way

  • oldbasketball Draper, UT
    April 24, 2019 10:30 a.m.

    The only thing that congress does well is obstruct.

  • keepbalance Provo, UT
    April 24, 2019 10:07 a.m.

    Global warming is a more debatable fear-mongering card than allowing our borders to fail us by allowing anybody who wants to into the country illegally.
    Russia interference through the Democratic party, maybe a threat.

    It is beyond me why people in America would want to risk the life and safety they have by allowing illegals flood coming in. Is this because they have hard-heartedly taken political sides? To what end will people take sides and vehemently defend something this common-sense?

    Thank you senator for going and giving us more than what the media is feeding us (lies).

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    April 24, 2019 8:52 a.m.

    Thank you DN for the perfect picture of what Mr. stewart truly represents.

    Fire trump 2020.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    April 24, 2019 8:16 a.m.

    Stewart is someone who has demonstrated how the "Peter Principle" works. He is nothing more than a rubber stamp and cheerleader for Trump.

    He's worried about terrorists walking through miles of desert to get into the U.S. to do their terrorist thingies.

    How did the previous terrorists get here? Yes, they came legally, with a visa on a nice airplane.

    Trump rants against the FBI, and other intelligence organizations within the U.S. borders. Most of the terrorism in the U.S. has been from homegrown terrorists, white supremacists, and religious people.

    How is Stewart's "plan" going to stop those people?

    Stewart just likes making noises for Trump and getting his face in the media. Stewart is ineffective in everything he does.

  • durwood kirby , 00
    April 24, 2019 7:58 a.m.

    We’ve got plenty of homegrown terrorists to deal with.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    April 24, 2019 7:28 a.m.

    While everyone is fixated on Latin Americans coming over the southern border...

    ... the most porous border we have is north, the border with Canada, which is vastly longer, has far more forest and foliage cover, very poor visibility to try and secure. In fact, in many areas there's no fence, whatsoever.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    April 24, 2019 6:17 a.m.

    I am so sick of congress. Don't they ever read their IN box?

    The threat of OTM is well-known...yet they do nothing. Here's a sample of available information from a decade ago:
    *A Line in the Sand - Congressional report, 2006
    *Border security Covert Tests and Assessment - GAO, 2008
    *Risk Assessment - Stanford/GMU study, 2009
    *Operation Red Zone - Homeland Security, 2009

    They all say the same thing; Terrorists can and do infiltrate the US through our porous borders.

    What we lack, Rep. Stewart, is the political will to enforce the law.

    The hidden message of Stewart seems to be that there are good illegal aliens and bad illegal aliens, sort of like the message of the Utah Compact. That concept doesn't work, does it? We either enforce our laws or we don't.

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    April 24, 2019 6:10 a.m.

    @FT wrote,

    "Rep. Stewart has proven himself to be a partisan fear monger and has done nothing to get meaningful legislation passed."

    Stewart is following in the footsteps of Jason Chaffetz, who was modeling Ted Cruz. Get into office, make a bunch of wild accusations, and bask in the glow of the publicity that follows. You don't have to actually accomplish anything to get people to vote for you.

    Hey, it worked for Trump, didn't it?

  • Immifriend Sandy, UT
    April 23, 2019 11:17 p.m.

    Congressman Stewart says the agents could not stop the mother and child from stepping foot into the U.S. and at that point had to honor the mother's asylum claim. "As long as that's true, we'll never fix the problem at the border," he says. What are we saying? That as long as people can apply for asylum, we'll never fix the problem at the border? I see no wrong with having an asylum process. It is wonderful to help those fleeing from persecution, isn't it? I am rather surprised if the congressman is saying we should do away with asylum. And, it does so seem that is what he is saying. I reflect on it, though, and wonder if maybe he is saying that once she (the mother with the child) applies, then we have to keep them in a detention center, and those are overflowing. That's the only other thing it seems he could be saying. Then, again, the article is about his fear of terrorists. Maybe he feels the asylum process allows terrorists to get in. I think that would be unfounded. Let in the poor and needy and screen out the terrorists. Why do we suggest that isn't possible? Don't throw out the baby with the wash water.
    -- John Jackson (aka Immifriend)

  • jparry Provo, UT
    April 23, 2019 9:57 p.m.

    I believe that Rep. Stewart is obfuscating the issues here. If we are talking about people seeking asylum, there are laws that dictate how we should treat these people. Handling asylum seekers and border security are not the same thing! Asylum seekers are not sneaking into the country; they are walking up to the front gate and asking for something they are legally entitled to ask for (but their case still needs to be adjudicated). Protocals are in place during this review process; this has been going on for many years, and all of the evidence indicates that asylum-seeking has not proven to be an effective way for terrorists to enter the country.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 23, 2019 9:42 p.m.

    @FT

    How many votes in the Senate does it take to pass the type of legislation to which you refer?

    And, how many RINOS (ala John McCain, Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski, et al) does it take to ensure the defeat of such legislation)?

    You and I both know that the very same accusations were leveled at the Democrats during the Obama presidency.

  • wrz Springville, UT
    April 23, 2019 8:53 p.m.

    @direct_consent:
    "Chris Stewart is correct, I'm sure terrorists can cross the border..."

    They certainly can and did... and flew planes into the NYC Twin Towers.

    @Wasatch Al:
    "Is representative Stewart also concerned about Russian intervention in our elections?"

    Russians, or any other country, can intervene in our elections all they want. Countries around the world are not subject to US election law.

    @Immifriend:
    "I actually do see his point. If a mother and child can just walk across the border and without being stopped, that is a concern."

    They can just walk across the border anywhere there is no wall. That's why Trump wants a wall.

    "Somehow, I cannot believe they just proceeded into whatever point in America they wanted."

    They can do just that. It's called 'catch and release.' The Border Patrol catches them as they step foot across the border.

    "The story seems misleading. In actuality, I would guess they were taken to a detention center."

    They are taken to a detention center, are given a court date to appear and plead asylum, then turned loose to wander wherever they please.

  • Immifriend Sandy, UT
    April 23, 2019 8:01 p.m.

    Ah, a mother and child walking around a security fence? Sound the alarms. Security alert.
    I jest. I actually do see his point. If a mother and child can just walk across the border and without being stopped, that is a concern. But, is that actually what is happening? Somehow, I cannot believe they just proceeded into whatever point in America they wanted. The story seems misleading. In actuality, I would guess they were taken to a detention center.
    -- John Jackson (aka Immifriend)

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 23, 2019 7:56 p.m.

    There were six people on the watch list that crossed from October 2017 through March 2018 who were not US citizens or permanent residents. Perhaps putting the focus of our intelligence community on this is a waste of resources, and suggesting it merely an effort to seek favour from the donald.

  • The Dark Knight Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2019 7:35 p.m.

    I believe this is more about currying favor from the President by supporting his fearmongering agenda than about any legitimate security concerns.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 23, 2019 7:04 p.m.

    @ P Bundy

    Oh, right.

    Please tell that to the folks in New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

    Terrorism is certainly not the threat that "global warming" is.

    Go figure.

  • Deseret Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2019 6:14 p.m.

    We can believe Rep Stewart, who cites no evidence or even actual examples, or we can improve our detection tools across the spectrum of ways to enter the United States. Focusing on the southern border is just Trump's line and an incitement to fear. I say do your homework and stop spreading this misinformation. From the Associated Press, who did look into this issue : "Despite their portrayal of Mexico as a teeming portal for terrorists, the State Department issued a report in September finding 'no credible evidence indicating that international terrorist groups have established bases in Mexico, worked with Mexican drug cartels or sent operatives via Mexico into the United States.'" To verify this quote, just take a sentence and search in Google. Not hard to find this stuff which makes me wonder why folks prefer to spread it rather than learn the facts.

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    April 23, 2019 5:57 p.m.

    Is representative Stewart also concerned about Russian intervention in our elections?

    Last time I looked, Stewart is in Congress. What are some of his solutions to these problems.

  • kreese Ivins, UT
    April 23, 2019 5:47 p.m.

    Only terroists?

  • direct_consent Logan, UT
    April 23, 2019 5:37 p.m.

    Chris Stewart is correct, I'm sure terrorists can cross the border, I've been there I know how easy it is to cross the border. Mexicans with automatic weapons escorted immigrants across the border just a day ago. Why the other commentators can't see reality is beyond me!!!

  • Bob Tanner Price, UT
    April 23, 2019 5:04 p.m.

    I agree with Chris Stewart that we need to control who is entering our nation through our southern boarder. I am as concerned as he is about the immigrants from countries in the middle east who are passing through the same way as those from Mexico and Central America. I also agree with Chris that this is a high priority issue. Someday we might pay a high price for our negligence.

  • Watcher1 Sandy, UT
    April 23, 2019 4:46 p.m.

    Stewart makes some good points, but it seems like he too is a little overly complacent about the whole situation. The wrong kind of people can gradually grind this nation and society to pieces, and the idea of someone bringing a small nuclear device or some easily distributed anthrax (or something just as dangerous) should be an obvious consideration . . . and our subsequent invasion of some regime(s) on the other side of the planet with money we don't have will not make it all better. We need to wise up and understand that failure to recognize and enforce our borders can in fact spell the end of everything good that's been fought for, built, or developed here.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 23, 2019 4:36 p.m.

    All Chris Stewart has in his bag are hate and fear. "Socialism". "Terrorism". "Religious Persecution",etc. etc. Stewart is turning into a national showman. How about he answer constituent questions in venues in SLC, not his pre-selected, white , republican bastions? Please vote him hot n 2020.

  • Tkibbie Layton, UT
    April 23, 2019 4:37 p.m.

    The 'profound' things public officials say never cease to amaze me. Has not ICE and the Border Cops been saying the same thing for years if not decades, ESPECIALLY since 9-11? Stewart is a broken record that needs to pulled off the turntable and thrown away! Or at the very least have his List of Approved Buzz Topics taken away.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 23, 2019 4:23 p.m.

    The GOP had the WH and both branches of Congress and they did nothing, zippo when they could have passed their preferred legislation. Why? They love cheap, easy labor more than the people keeping them in power. Rep. Stewart has proven himself to be a partisan fear monger and has done nothing to get meaningful legislation passed. If America wants to pass new legislation they need to rid themselves of the current lot holding office right now, from the President on down.

  • P Bundy Albuquerque, NM
    April 23, 2019 4:13 p.m.

    With all due respect, the Congressman needs to stop playing the fear mongering card and worry about things that actually exist, like global warming, Russian interference in our election process, and the U.S. continued fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Or, perhaps he could help look into why so many people along the Wasatch have such severe health issues related to the air quality there.