Former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott said on Monday, Oct. 4, that Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas’ claim that the current border threat under President Joe Biden is the same as the Trump administration’s is “just not true.”

In an interview with “Special Report” that will air on Tuesday, Oct. 5, Scott claimed that terrorists want to use the U.S. border to attempt to enter the country, Fox News reported.

“We have terrorist threats we can’t get into in this type of a forum but they are real,” Scott said in a preview released on “Special Report” on Monday.

“They exist, and they want to come across that border,” he stressed. “Statistically, it always includes rapists, murderers, potential terrorists every single year if you look at CBP’s statistics publicly available. Those all exist in who we actually catch.”

“So to think there is not just as bad or worse people in those getting away would be naive,” he added.

Data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) showed that the agency carried out nearly 209,000 migrant apprehensions in August after seizing 212,000 illegal immigrants in July—a 21-year high.

Scott, who served 30 years in Border Patrol before the Biden administration in June, denied Mayorkas’ claim that the border threat is not different from the previous administration.

“While many of the political appointees assigned currently literally just lack the knowledge and expertise that they could make a statement like that and believe that it was true,” Scott said.

“He is a very smart guy, He has got a lot of experience in Homeland Security. He knows what he’s doing. He knows the impacts. I have sat in a room and heard some of the comments he made. He knows what’s going on. And he knows that the border is not as secure today as it was on January 19th.”

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